Peter Kafka

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Why Netflix Won (And Why Digital Music Start-Ups Can't)

Here’s a good coda to last week’s “digital music start-ups are screwed/no they’re not” debate: A concise explanation of the Netflix digital success story, via Venrock’s David Pakman. Key insight: A really big check solves a lot of problems. Unstated corollary: Netflix can write a really big check because consumers place a much higher value on TV + movies than on music: They’ll pay $9 a month for limited access to video but not $10 a month for unlimited tunes.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald