Peter Kafka

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Google’s $1.5 Billion Ad Bill

Google made some $37 billion selling ads last year. But it’s a big ad buyer, too: The search giant spent an estimated $1.5 billion selling itself in 2011, Ad Age reports. That number will jump significantly this year, since Google is now in the phone-selling business, courtesy of its $12.5 billion Motorola acquisition.


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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