Kara Swisher

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MediaMemo Is Off Today for a Very Good Reason: Welcome to Jonah Alexander Kafka

While this is an entirely analog story, All Things Digital sends all its joyful congratulations to our ace MediaMemo columnist, Peter Kafka, and his wife, Cindy Lobel, on the birth of a new start-up–their second child–today.

Jonah, who looks like a mini-Kafka, minus the dubious look, joins his older brother, Ben, who is 19.5 months, in their Brooklyn, New York, abode.

Although newborn, Jonah is already hard at work on ferreting out memos from Time Inc. and trying to make heads or tails of Twitter’s advertising plans.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work