Peter Kafka

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More Pressure on News Corp.’s BSkyB Deal

More evidence that Rupert Murdoch’s $12 billion BSkyB deal has been roughed up by the phonegate/hackergate scandal: A British government office says approval for the transaction will now take “some time,” a sentiment echoed by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron also told reporters that News Corp. executive Rebekah Brooks should have stepped down. A response from News Corp., which also owns this Web site, “notes today’s comments by the Prime Minister,” and says the company wants to work with “the existing regulatory process.”


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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