• Hedge Funds & Ponzi Schemes for Dummies

    With 1.1 million monthly downloads, “Planet Money” podcasts spread plain talk about the faltering economy.

  • AOL Leaps Into Original News Content With PoliticsDaily.com

    AOL will launch PoliticsDaily.com in April with veteran political journalists Melinda Henneberger and Carl Cannon, moving the portal toward becoming a producer of traditional news.

  • Newser.com’s Michael Wolff Looks at a Google ‘Newspaper’

    “These people are different than we are, and they’re proud of it.”

  • Fade In Demands Retraction

    Fade In magazine publisher Audrey Kelly has denied issues raised by an investigative report published by TheWrap last week.

  • Watch Out, Emmys, Here Come the Streamys

    Web series may not be the red-haired stepchild of TV shows for much longer: The Streamy Awards are here.   The Streamys are the first awards to be given to series produced specifically for the web, with honors to be given out in 25 categories. To be eligible, a show has to have streamed at […]

  • Fade In Wants a Retraction – Here’s the Letter

    I guess I shouldn't be surprised. TheWrap has received a letter from a lawyer for Audrey Kelly of Fade In magazine, seeking a retraction of the piece investigating complaints about its screenwriting contest. Given the long list of legal claims involving Kelly and Fade In, this was probably to be expected. The letter uses lots of […]

  • Jon Stewart — Jonathan Swift for our Time

    Interview? It was a pantsing by Jon Stewart. I have no idea why CNBC Mad Money-man Jim Cramer decided to go on Comedy Central to face down Jon Stewart, who has been skewering him for a week. Why in the world? Cramer was assured an opportunity for public humiliation on television, with the guarantee that […]

  • Headbanging at AOL Music

    What a week for AOL!  Tuesday, the Time Warner unit began its third round of layoffs since 2007, with 700 employees, or 10 percent of the workforce, in line to get the ax. Then Thursday, AOL replaced chairman and chief executive Randy Falco — only two years into the job — with Tim Armstrong, a […]

  • Google’s Tim Armstrong Takes Over AOL

    TW hopes ad wunderkind will turn around online unit.

  • New York Times Sells New Building

    Company signs 15-year lease for Renzo Piano landmark

  • Hurry … Last Chance to Hate On the “Old” Facebook!

    The new Facebook home page goes live on Wednesday, which means time is short for anyone with piled-up grievances against the site in its present form. From what we’re being told, after the redesign Facebook will be less about connecting with people by following random details of their lives, more about connecting with them through […]

  • McClatchy Cuts 1,600 Jobs

    The chain has been poisoned by immense debt from the purchase of Knight-Ridder and the flight of readers and advertisers.

  • Hot Tweeters

    Some of the top tweeters are news organizations.   Here’s the top 10 tweeters and their followers as compiled by Twitterholic.com, whose “twittastic” robots scan the Twitter public timeline to pinpoint Twitter usage:     1.   CNN Breaking News (cnnbrk)   414,684 2.   Barack Obama (BarackObama)  385,667 3.   Twitter (twitter) 338,883 4.   Britney Spears  (britneyspears) 315,523 […]

  • ‘Retraining’ New York Times Reporters: A Raw Deal

    The New York Times, my former mother-ship, is offering to “retrain” its reporters and turn them into new media whiz-kids. Only one problem with that. Nobody wants to do it. I can’t exactly blame the reporters. The memo a couple of weeks ago from one of the least user-friendly assistant managing editors at the paper, […]

  • Twitter: A Media Darling, and a Backlash Target

    Seemingly overnight, Twitter became the quickest, most visceral form of reporting for some major stories. Backlash time.