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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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