QOTD: Atom Bomb

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

QOTD: Fresh-Squeezed Creativity

I’m a giant vat of creative juices.

David Pogue on why he’s joining Yahoo

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Red Sox Principal Owner to Buy Boston Globe Newspaper

New York Times Co. has struck a deal to sell the Boston Globe to John Henry, the principal owner of the Red Sox.

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NYT Digital Head Joins EA Board of Directors

Game giant Electronic Arts announced Friday that Denise F. Warren, head of digital products and services at the New York Times, will join its board of directors. Warren replaces outgoing board member Greg Maffei, who sat as a director for a decade (his departure, according to EA, is due to his commitments with Liberty Media, where he is CEO). Before taking over digital products, Warren was the NYT media group’s general manager and chief advertising officer.

Can Google Make a Case for Hangouts?

Sure, group video chat is cool. But can Google convince us that we need it?
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Freedom of Tweet: Rupert Murdoch Continues to Light Up Twitter With Jibes

Neither the Founding Fathers nor Jack Dorsey could have anticipated this.
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StumbleUpon Snags Yahoo Exec for VP of Product Role

StumbleUpon Thursday morning tapped former Yahoo executive Cody Simms to be vice president of product at the social discovery Web site. Simms spent seven years at Yahoo in various product-related roles, and previously held product positions at the New York Times and NBC Internet. The hire comes little more than a month after StumbleUpon co-founder Garrett Camp stepped down from the CEO position, which remains to be filled.

Marc Andreessen vs. Reid Hoffman in Yahoo Savior Face-Off? Not Yet. (But Delicious to Imagine.)

Whoa, Nelly! How fantastic would it be for Silicon Valley tech legends Marc Andreessen and Reid Hoffman to battle for control of Yahoo? Too fantastic to actually happen. But one can hope.
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Ready for His Digital Close-Up: The NYT’s Media Dude, David Carr, Talks About “Page One”

A documentary about the New York Times and its fight to survive the onslaught of the Internet called “Page One: Inside the New York Times” opens Friday. So, it seemed like a good idea to talk to the film’s star, media columnist David Carr, to find out what he thinks will happen to the Gray Lady in the multi-colored digital future.
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Dear Andrew "No Comment" Mason: How About a Comment on That Unfortunate New Beard?

That Internet sprite, Groupon Co-founder and CEO Andrew Mason, continued in his quest to be the cleverest little entrepreneur on the Web with a very funny post on the Chicago-based start-up’s blog yesterday titled: “No Comment.”