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News Corp throws down the Google gauntlet

November 13, 2009

The war of words between the news media industry and Google makes for a great spectacle, and this week did not disappoint.

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Zelnick’s New Media Dinner: a new ideas exchange?

November 3, 2009

On the evening of Nov 2, about 70 people -- new media upstarts and old media stalwarts, brand-name investors and top company executives -- gathered at the Manhattan home of Strauss Zelnick to talk shop.

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FCC: There might be something amiss in media

October 29, 2009

Newspaper advertising is a joke, local TV stations are struggling to get ads of their own, journalists are losing their jobs and media executives are calling 25 percent revenue declines an improvement. It sounds like something might be amiss in the U.S. media world.

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MySpace: Be ready to read this story twice

October 27, 2009

MySpace, the online social network (can we still call it that now that it has ducked out of the Facebook/Twitter competition?), appears to be pursuing what I'll call the "two-pronged news strategy." You get used to it when you cover media and technology. For those of you who don't enjoy this privilege, it goes like this:

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MySpace: A place for musicians… and their friends

October 21, 2009

It appears to be Music Wednesday on the Internet. On the same day that reports began circulating that Google and Facebook will launch a host of new music features, News Corp's MySpace is turning up the volume on its own music offering.

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The Wall Street Journal — now for ‘professionals’

October 21, 2009

The Wall Street Journal, ever on the hunt for new ways to please its readers and new ways to make money (and what, we ask, is wrong with that?), will launch a new, pricier version this November. Called "The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition," it is designed for business readers who want more than what the daily newspaper and website provide on their own.

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Wall Street Journal vs USA Today — Part II

October 14, 2009

Earlier this week I brought you the brewing circulation tussle between USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, and which paper will be able to claim to be the largest one in terms of circulation. You can read that here, but for the recap, here are the main points:

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WSJ vs USA Today: Who has the biggest paper?

October 11, 2009

USA Today and The Wall Street Journal aren't waiting for Oct. 26, the day North American newspapers report their latest circulation numbers, to begin tussling over which one has the biggest paper.

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Rupert Murdoch: You call it free news, I call you ‘kleptomaniac’

October 9, 2009

Lest anyone doubt the thrust of Rupert Murdoch's speech on Thursday (or was it Friday? I'm losing track of time zones) at the World Media Summit in Beijing, it was all about paying for news -- as in: You're going to pay for news, and if you think it shouldn't cost you anything, you're a "flat-earther" and a "kleptomaniac."

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NBC, News Corp practice Olympic hedging

September 16, 2009

Big media executives are developing a new Olympic sport -- hedging. Two of the best contenders are NBC-Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker and News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch.