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NYT Earnings Rise: Does a Pay Wall Make Sense?

The New York Times Co. had mostly good news to report in its quarterly earnings on Thursday, but that good news casts doubt on the flagship newspaper's commitment to adopting a pay regime for its website at the start of next year.

Shhh: 10 Make-or-Break Trade Secrets

Every company promises a better product -- a better burger, a better search engine, a better hotel room. For these companies, their secret for a superior product is worth millions -- or even billions.

Unemployment, Oil Spill Hurting Obama's Popularity

The Gulf oil spill and the unemployment picture have caught up to President Obama's poll ratings. According to a New York Times/CBS News survey, 54% of the public believes the president has no clear plan for job creation; only 34% of respondents say that he does.

Afghanistan Harbors $1 Trillion in Minerals

The New York Times reports that "The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself."

Newspaper Circulation: WSJ Bucks the Downward Trend

Only one of the 25 largest U.S. newspapers increased its circulation in the last six months: The Wall Street Journal. USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times were all down significantly.

The WSJ vs. the NYT: It's a Newspaper War!

Verbal bullets were flying Monday at a launch event for The Wall Street Journal's New York City metro section. Managing editor Robert Thomson accused The New York Times of alienating readers with biased reporting and risking its reputation by outsourcing its news gathering.

NY Times Publisher Questions Whether Murdoch Gets Web

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger thinks Rupert Murdoch's frequent denunciations of Google are proof that the News Corp. chairman doesn't understand the internet. "To start picking on these companies strikes me as not understanding the ecosystem we're living in," he said Saturday.

Little Hope for Legacy News Organizations

Copyright and fair use doctrine were at the heart of a recent debate about how news organizations are going to make money in the digital age -- if indeed they are.

Mexico's Carlos Slim Named Richest Man in the World

Mexico's Carlos Slim Helu tops Forbes's annual ranking of the world's richest people, unseating perennial inhabitants Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and becoming the first non-American to top the list since 1997.

Carlos Slim Fattens His New York Times Stake

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is now one of the New York Times Co.'s biggest shareholders after exercising warrants he got after loaning the media company $250 million. He reportedly won't be getting a board seat. But his growing stake has raised concerns about whether he would try to influence the fabled journalism brand in any way.

NY Times Expands Growth Plans, Despite Ad Woes

No wonder The New York Times is so anxious to start getting readers to open their wallets. In the fourth quarter of 2009, when other huge newspaper companies were experiencing a mild turnaround, The New York Times Co. recorded a 14.7% drop in advertising revenue, according to its year-end earnings report.

Can Digital-Age Teens Still Talk to Analog Parents?

With social networking transforming the way people relate to each other, some fear technology "generation gaps" are increasing. Yet just as Mick Jagger's lips didn't end Western Civilization, I argue that texting, twittering and blogging will only increase connections between people and generations.

Apple's iPad Gives Wings to Media Stocks

Correctly or naively, print publishers all seem to think the iPad, Apple's new touchscreen tablet computer, is going to save their hides -- and Wall Street seems to agree, at least cautiously.

Why I Don't Love The NY Times's New Pay Plan

The New York Times finally committed last week to a plan to start charging readers of its website for some of the articles they read. And, as with most events preceded by enormous build-up, it was a bit of a disappointment.

New York Times to charge in 2011

While details are scarce about how exactly the New York Times will begin its pay wall next year, at least the Times is now saying that it may allow...

The Dirtiest Lunch Rooms in the Media Business

The American print-publishing industry isn't healthy -- and the food it's serving its workers may not be, either. A quick survey of cafeteria health inspection records shows some alarming results. Lunch anyone?

A New York Times-Wall Street Journal Feud Explained

A New York Times-Wall Street Journal feud heats up. Following news that the Journal accused The Times of having tried two years ago to influence the come of a journalism award, the Journal is now releasing a nearly two-year-old response from its then-editor.