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American Banker Shows DOJ Sat On a Bank-Kickback Scandal

HUD says big banks got $6 billion, but the attorney general does nothing

American Banker has really been doing some superb stuff lately. Jeff Horwitz has a big scoop in today's paper, reporting... More

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Amazon sharecroppers

The Seattle Times on the hometown giant’s uneasy relationship with its merchants

The Seattle Times has another good story on Amazon, this time reporting on the hometown giant's lopsided relationship with its... More

AT&T’s Cellphone Industry Rollup Gets Second-Day Scrutiny

The business press continues to be skeptical in its second-day coverage of AT&T's $39 billion deal for T-Mobile. That's a... More

AT&T’s Hubris

The Justice Department is suing to stop AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, which would have consolidated three-quarters of cellphone-plan market... More

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Audit Notes: Amazon and antitrust, techspeak, ‘Peter Drucker with an Afro’

The DOJ’s ebook settlement could enable anticompetitive behavior

The Los Angeles Times's Michael Hiltzik gets it on Amazon and the Justice Department's seriously misguided antitrust lawsuit against book... More

Audit Notes: Carr on Amazon, Muni Broadband, Too Big to Fail

David Carr's New York Times column today on Amazon, Apple, and the book publishers is excellent. He calls the Department... More

Audit Notes: Ebooks, Amazon, and Apple Edition

Barry C. Lynn, author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction, writes a good Slate piece... More

Audit Notes: Economic Headwinds, Refinancing, Google’s Dominance

Crain's New York Business's Aaron Elstein takes a good look anecdotes at the headwinds New York's economy is facing from... More

Audit Notes: Ma Bell II—Duopoly Edition

The Financial Times's John Gapper has an excellent column on why the AT&T's proposed deal for T-Mobile should be shot... More

Audit Notes: Risky Business, Two Economies, Google and Monopoly

The New York Times is good to keep an eye on signs of a return of risky lending. Today it... More

Deal Myopia in the WSJ and NYT on Hard Drive Merger

Here's a good example of how poorly the business press covers acquisitions that could hurt competition. The Wall Street Journal... More

Ebooks and Antitrust

The Justice Department sues Apple and five book publishers for fighting Amazon

Back in 2010, a giant retailer had 90 percent of a market—a near total monopoly (monopsony, if you want to... More

Four Ws From the WSJ

The Wall Street Journal messes up a story atop its Marketplace section today that reports that a judge ordered American... More

Good Consolidation Coverage for a Change on AT&T Deal

The business press is skeptical of creating a duopoly in cell phone service

Fortune's Seth Weintraub pulls a four-year-old Stephen Colbert clip that's as good a place as any to kick off a... More

Google’s Search Dominance Comes In Handy for Its Other Businesses

The Wall Street Journal looks at a key competitive issue on the Web.

Google has a near-monopoly on search in the U.S. It uses that dominant position to boost its other businesses at... More

Hiltzik Takes on the FCC on the Comcast-NBC Deal

John Dunbar has a must-read piece in the current issue of Columbia Journalism Review on why the Comcast-NBC Merger is... More

Homeless Shelters 4 AT&T-Verizon Duopoly

In June, Politico and the Washington Post ran stories showing how, in exchange for Ma Bell's cash, nonprofits like NAACP... More

Pearlstein Takes On Google’s Threat to Competition

The Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein takes up the Google monopoly case today with an excellent column in The Washington Post.... More

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Reuters’s Chesapeake Energy drumbeat

Internal emails show companies scheming to lower bids on drilling rights

Reuters continues to draw a bead on Chesapeake Energy and its CEO Aubrey McClendon, whose scalp it will be claiming... More

The Journal Misses on Ebooks and Antitrust

It's usually wise to read an "experts say" story a little more skeptically than you normally would. That's the case... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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