Peter Kafka

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BusinessWeek Gives McGraw-Hill a (Small) Going Away Present

Can’t really say that BusinessWeek’s 80-year run at McGraw-Hill ended on an up note, since the publisher sold the magazine for a fire-sale price.

But at least that price was a little bit more than McGraw-Hill (MHP) expected: Bloomberg ended up paying $10.5 million for the weekly instead of the $9.3 million it had previously told investors to expect, the publisher reported today.

After taxes, that nets out to a gain of $6.7 million (versus previous expectations of $5.9 million), and a grand total of two cents added to the company’s fourth-quarter earnings per share.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus