Tuesday, September 02, 2014. Last Update: Tue 3:20 PM EST

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Fortune on the French

France’s “unproductive labor force” is, in fact, quite productive

The abrasive tire CEO Maurice Taylor made news last week when he lashed out at French workers as "lazy" good-for-nothings.... More

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Audit Notes: Seattle paywall, private equity taxes, mortgage security fraud

The Seattle Times will charge online readers beginning next month

The Seattle Times is the latest paper to join the paywall movement. It looks like it's basically copying The New... More

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An eye on the Times-Picayune’s numbers

Some questions about what executives say are positive circulation trends

We'll have a long story on the Times-Picayune next week, but Publisher Ricky Mathews and Editor Jim Amoss released some... More

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Content economics, part 1: advertising

The dismal state of ads in online publishing

Back in December, Peter Kafka summed up the most important question with regards to the future of online advertising. Do... More

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Audit Notes: Hank the hero, Des Moines, Norwegian wood

The FT’s John Gapper reviews the former AIG CEO’s autobiography

John Gapper's Financial Times review of the new Hank Greenberg (the disgraced former AIG CEO, not the All Star baseball... More

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The Boston Globe, up for sale again

The Times goes all in on the Times

Back in 1993, The New York Times Company bought the Globe for about $1.8 billion (adjusted for inflation). Four years... More

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The New York Times and the rehabilitation of Steven Rattner

A monthly column not enough, the fallen former NYTer now gets the Sorkin treatment

The New York Times is declaring that disgraced private equity mogul Steven Rattner has gotten his reputation back in the... More

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Audit Notes: scoops and leaks, CNBC hardball, FT on Dow Jones CEO

The WSJ sniffs at a USA Today exclusive on Obama’s immigration plan

It's totally a shoe-leather scoop when you get the story. It's a "leak" when somebody else does. That's what The... More

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Audit Notes: due diligence, Elizabeth Warren, the Murdoch way

More evidence from private lawsuits on unprosecuted bank executives

The Seattle Times follows last week's reports on Dexia's lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase of fraud for its mortgage activities during... More

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Amazon’s German labor fiasco

A subcontractor employed neo-Nazi guards to patrol immigrant workers

The story of Amazon's treatment of workers took a sensational turn last week when German public television revealed that temporary... More

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Rubio and the Big Lie of the Crisis

The press fails to push back on the senator’s SOTU response whopper

The Big Lie of the Crisis keeps rearing its ugly head. The latest spotting: Senator Marco Rubio's response to Obama's... More

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Audit Notes: The FT does labor reporting, minimum wage, OC Register

An excellent look inside an Amazon warehouse in the UK

The Financial Times has an excellent story on the dystopian work culture at Amazon warehouses: Inside, hundreds of people in... More

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The NYT’s newspaper industry rarity: growth (UPDATED)

Its circulation strategy, led by the paywall, more than offsets ad losses in 2012

The New York Times's landmark metered paywall will be two years old next month, and it's already successful beyond anyone's... More

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Audit Notes: Libor Rain Man, fraud without fraudsters, George Will on TBTF

The Journal spotlights an RBS banker at the center of the scandal

The Wall Street Journal's David Enrich has some great reporting on Tom Hayes, the RBS banker at the center of... More

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Audit Notes: Wall Street fraud and coverup

JPMorgan “flouted quality controls and ignored problems, sometimes hiding them entirely”

The New York Times has a tough report on newly uncovered emails that show Jamie Dimon's JPMorgan Chase knowingly misled... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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