Peter Kafka

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Pandora Is a Free Music Company Worth $2.6 Billion

Plenty of folks make a persuasive case that Pandora may be overvalued, but investors aren’t paying attention: The company sold 14.7 million shares at $16 apiece today, giving the Internet radio service a value of $2.6 billion. That’s up from the $10 to $12 range the company floated last week, which was above the $7 to $9 range it had floated a week before that. The general public gets to weigh in tomorrow, when shares start trading on the NYSE under the “P” symbol.


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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