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Archives: May 2008

The Felix Dennis Tapes, Part 1: About That Murder Confession

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 30

My column this week, which you can find here, is about legendary magazine entrepreneur Felix Dennis. Preparation for this column necessitated reading his self-help book How To Get Rich (the...

Diller Is Totally Over The Hollywood Thing

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 28

"It's a community so inbred, it's a wonder the children have any teeth. Not a lot of air gets in." --Barry Diller, regarding Hollywood, onstage today at the All Things...

Barry Diller At The All Things Digital Conference: Story Guy Glimpses Ending Of Narrative As We Once Knew It

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 28

Just saw Barry Diller interviewed onstage by Kara Swisher at the All Things Digital conference. When Swisher asked him what he thought about the valuation Facebook got from Microsoft, he...

The Dull-But-Necessary Disclosure Post

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 23

Rather than do those annoying "full disclosure" parentheticals in midspot, I've decided to get this all done in one place and then link to it as needed....

Nick Carr Responds

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 23

I am told by my close personal friends at Mediabistro that video excerpts of the onstage interview I did with author Nick Carr at this week's Mediabistro Circus conference will...

What Would You Ask Nicholas Carr?

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 20

Tomorrow afternoon I have the privilege of interviewing Nicholas Carr onstage about the Web, technology, and how it's all inflecting the world of media at the Mediabistro Circus conference. What...

Political Ad Primer: This Is Not The Way To Do Damage Control

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 19

A pre-talk show Jerry Springer, during his unsuccessful 1982 Ohio gubernatorial campaign, admits to Spitzer-esque indiscretion:...

Leslie Moonves' Poker Face And CBS/CNET

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 15

A hearty congrats to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and CBS Interactive head Quincy Smith—because, by all accounts, neither gave up nary a flickering hint that something big was coming down...

craigslist Countersues eBay

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 13

In my most recent column, I wrote about the dust-up between craigslist and its minority shareholder eBay, and the lawsuit eBay filed against craigslist last month. One thing that occurred...

The One Thing You Need To Know About Cablevision Buying Newsday

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 12

Here is the one thing you need to know about the Cablevision deal for Newsday. This publicly traded company was up against two moguls, who each owned a nearby newspaper....

Semi-Required Reading

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 08

In Seattle for a couple of days, doing some reporting for some upcoming columns, and have been running around too much to be too active in this blog. But want...

Less Than Ringing Endorsement Of The Status Quo At The Minneapolis Star Tribune Sighted

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 05

Minneapolis Star Tribune owners Avista Capital Partners knock down this New York Post report that the paper's bankruptcy pends imminently. Sort of. Emphasis added to amplify the not-so-subtext:...

Bloomberg-New York Times: OK? No Way. But Then Someone Raises A Newer Notion . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on May 02

There are (still) people within Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s orbit that still think that a post-mayoral bid for the New York Times would be a worthy next-act for the Mayor, who...


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