Peter Kafka

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News of the World, Australian Papers, IGN Weigh On News Corp. Earnings

News Corp., which owns this Web site, posted revenue of $8.14 billion and adjusted earnings of $0.43 per share; the Street was looking for $8.16 billion and $0.38 per share. The media conglomerate took a $67 million charge on costs associated with its News of the World scandal, and another $152 million charge for “restructuring and impairment charges” related to its Australian newspaper unit and the IGN games unit it is preparing to sell.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work