Peter Kafka

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QOTD: To Predict Google-Motorola, Review Microsoft-Comcast

Fifteen years after their initial Comcast investment, Microsoft’s vision of a Windows-based gateway to the television still hasn’t materialized. Now it is Google’s turn to storm the fortress. And, like Microsoft before them, they have decided to do it from the inside.

Bernstein Research’s Craig Moffett, in a note (reg. required) savaging the notion that buying Motorola will allow Google to disrupt the TV business. Moffett does see a role for Google in helping cable operators measure and target TV advertising, though. For a less pithy take, read AllThingsD.


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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