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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Dec. 16
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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Dec. 16

By on Dec 16, 2014

What could have been. Wired’s Mat Honan wrote a wonderful postmortem of Matt Taibbi’s defunct Racket. After launching The Intercept, First Look Media — financed by eBay creator Pierre Omidyar — hired Taibbi to start a site with his own aggressive voice and reporting, but his project never launched after Omidyar squashed it in late […]

Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Dec. 15
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Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Dec. 15

James Bond is the latest Sony email casualty. Those hacked Sony emails have featured everyone from Angelina Jolie to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd to CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter. And now, James Bond is involved. On Sunday, NBC News reported that an early version of the next Bond movie, Spectre, apparently has […]

Journalists turn to Kickstarter in a big way
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Journalists turn to Kickstarter in a big way

Two summers ago, I dove into crowd funding. I successfully funded a journalism project, Curbing Cars: Rethinking The Way We Get Around, which looked at how Americans are changing their attitudes toward driving. Earlier this year, I published the purpose of the Kickstarter, an eBook from Forbes. The project took a lot of planning, and […]

Entertaining Business: NBC's Peter Pan Live flies into big profits
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Entertaining Business: NBC’s Peter Pan Live flies into big profits

“You can fly!”… if you have enough money. After the success of last year’s live The Sound of Music special, NBC is back with its effort to revive the one-night live musical tradition. On Thursday night, it is attempting a live version of Peter Pan, starring Christopher Walken and Allison Williams. (If you were watching […]

Must Read Money Stories, Monday Nov. 24
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Must Read Money Stories, Monday Nov. 24

Marketing Katniss on a relative shoestring. The New York Times reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 sold an estimated $123 million in tickets this weekend. That was the strongest movie opening since last November, when another Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, took in $158 million in its debut weekend. Hunger Games is produced […]

Entertaining Business: The financial impact of bad behavior (Bill Cosby etc.)
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Entertaining Business: The financial impact of bad behavior (Bill Cosby etc.)

The latest string of rape allegations against Bill Cosby, and the surrounding bad press in the media, have caused NBC to cancel its development deal with the comedian who was at work creating a new family-oriented sitcom. Cosby’s deal is reported to have a clause guaranteeing him a payout regardless of whether the show went […]

Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 4
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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 4

Happy Election Day! As many voters head to the polls, the economy might not be on their minds. The Upshot writes that the state of the U.S. economy is only a major factor in presidential election years. When we’re voting for our commander in chief the correlation between growth in GDP and vote shares (for […]

Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Oct. 30
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Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Oct. 30

Low oil prices could have a significant impact on Iran nuclear talks. The New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink reports that Western negotiators are recalculating their negotiation tactics to account for this “new wild card.” Iranian president Hassan Rouhani was elected largely on the promise that he’d negotiate with the West and lift crippling sanctions on […]

Must Read Money Stories Wednesday, Oct. 29
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Must Read Money Stories Wednesday, Oct. 29

Welp, this happened. A planned supply mission to the International Space Station exploded on liftoff last night. The Antares rocket was unmanned, and thankfully no one was injured in the explosion. But the financial impact of the explosion is substantial. At least $200 million worth of equipment went up in flames, according to NPR. The […]