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Zynga Shares Slide After J.P. Morgan Downgrade

Shares of Zynga were down nearly 6 percent Monday morning following a J.P. Morgan downgrade from “overweight” to “neutral.” The note comes after a 51 percent run-up since last January, which analyst Doug Anmuth attributed to investors’ focus on social gaming, the possibility of the legalization of online gambling and optimism over Zynga’s recently-announced game platform, which pushed Zynga shares up 10 percent last Thursday. But Anmuth says he believes “game economics will not change for Zynga, and it will likely take some time to drive traffic to the new site.”

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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