August 26, 2011

Here’s a fairly great, cranky interview Der Spiegel recently did with Gorbachev.

Dan Gillmor argues in the Guardian that ghostwritten Op-Eds have no places in newspapers. I’d love to hear Jack Shafer’s thoughts on this, but unfortunately just laid him off. Here’s an exit interview with AdWeek, where he says he plans to become an alcoholic, “Because one of the things I’ve always prided myself in, in these first 59 years of my life, is being a controlled drinker. I think now is the time to throw off the training wheels, and see if maybe in the last decade and a half of my life, I can be an accomplished, functional alcoholic. And that’s starting tonight.” Oof.

In the tech world, the major internet service providers have agreed to further crack down on illegal downloading by only giving six (!) warnings. Meanwhile, AOL, with its cheap share price luring circling private equity firms, has hired Wachtell, Lipton and Allen and Co. CEO Tim Armstrong says, “There is no deal on the table, no proposed deal.” That’s not exactly a resounding denial, Tim.

Apparently some large hurricane might be hitting the East Coast soon. You can follow our live coverage here.

And here’s a terrifying photo illustration of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick as a white guy. It’s accompanied by a provocative article on race, of course.

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