Peter Kafka

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Google Hands the Media a $5 Million "Get Well Soon" Check

Worried about the future of journalism? So is Google. So it is handing $5 million in grants to nonprofits “that are working to develop new approaches to journalism in the digital age.” Two million of that goes to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the other $3 million will go to journalism projects outside of the U.S., which Google sales boss Nikesh Arora says will be named next year. Easy enough to cast aspersions on Google’s intentions here, but we’ll leave that to others: A grant is a grant, right? But for context: Google had net profits last quarter of $2.17 billion.


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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”