Peter Kafka

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News Corp.’s PhoneGate Tab Keeps Rising

News Corp. says investigations into the PhoneGate scandal cost it $87 million in the last quarter. That’s on top of $17 million in legal/advisory fees in the previous quarter, plus a $91 million restructuring charge the company took when it shuttered the News of the World. The media conglomerate, which owns this Web site, reported adjusted earnings of $0.39 a share and revenue of $8.98 billion; Wall Street had been expecting $0.34 a share and $8.94 billion.


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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