Financial Times — Pinker and prouder than previous

November 10, 2008

It’s not every day that we can work in obscure Nick Lowe album titles into our blog headlines, so it’s particularly gratifying when pop music trivia finds a golden opportunity for use after sitting around in our heads for years.

WSJ=Way Smarter Journalists

November 10, 2008

News Corp is realizing synergies, cross-promoting among its brands. Here’s the latest announcement:

Dragging and dropping with MySpace

November 10, 2008

At MySpace, change is a gradual affair. News Corp’s online social network on Monday is introducing Profile 2.0, which it calls the “next step in iterative global site redesign, enabling millions of users to opt-in and customize the appearance of their profiles using an innovative new drag-and-drop user interface.”

When the going gets tough, newspapers clam up

November 7, 2008

The American Press Institute is gathering its newspaper nabobs to discuss ways to save their business. If you’re like this media reporter, you’d be interested in hearing what folks have to say when the conference happens. But you can’t; it’s closed to press.

Obama: Good for newspapers — today

November 5, 2008

NEW YORK – In the same way that the Philadelphia Phillies’ World Series win boosted Inquirer and Daily News sales last week, U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama is jumping in to help papers across the country survive.

Wolff opines on Murdoch… again

October 31, 2008

Can you tell it’s book-flacking time?

Vanity Fair is running the second excerpt from the forthcoming book that Michael Wolff wrote about News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch (this one centers on his family), and Wolff is making the rounds this week to talk about it. He was on CNBC moments ago, engaging in everyone’s favorite media parlor game: Parsing Murdoch’s every move like a multi-clause sentence. Friday’s appearance follows a panel discussion at a conference earlier this week where he made similar remarks. Here’s what he said on CNBC.

This phone is your phone, this phone is iPhone

October 30, 2008

That’s obviously what Woody Guthrie would have written had he been a more contemporary singer (Speaking of which, where’s our 2008 Woody Guthrie? Isn’t it depression time again?)

Phillies help hometown papers SELL OUT!

October 30, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are two papers that have suffered persistent misery in recent years as former owner Knight Ridder couldn’t stop their ad revenue and circulation declines. Things haven’t gotten much better… until the Phillies won Major League Baseball’s World Series Wednesday night — the first time that has happened in 28 years.

If Wasserstein could turn back Time (Warner)…

October 30, 2008

Bruce Wasserstein, chief executive of private equity firm Lazard, joined Blackstone co-founder Steve Schwarzman at a breakfast sponsored by Fortune magazine this morning to share their collective wisdom regarding the financial crisis. (For more on the breakfast, see our DealZone blog).

Google redefines time (From the UAL files)

October 29, 2008

Here’s something funny that I found at the bottom of a Google News search results page the other day: