Peter Kafka

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QOTD: Faint Praise for Googorola, More for Google

We still view GOOG’s acquisition of the football coaching headphone equipment company as highly risky, but given signs that Amazon & Facebook may also enter the Smartphone market, GOOG’s move isn’t unprecedented.

– Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney, who is upgrading his Google rating to “buy” from “neutral,” despite his lack of enthusiasm for the $12.5 billion Motorola deal. On the bright side, he adds, if regulators approve the purchase next year, it will “still provide GOOG with patent support, & it’s an accretive deal.”


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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