More stories from Jeff John Roberts

News Corp headquarters
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Following numerous reports that News Corp is thinking of spinning off its publishing operations, the company issued a short statement that it is “considering a restructuring to separate its business into two distinct public companies.” Read more »

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Todd Larsen, President, Dow Jones

One of the few remaining fixtures from Dow Jones’ pre-News Corp days has moved on. Dow Jones announced today that President Todd Larsen has resigned, ending his two-year tenure at that position and 13 overall years at the company. Read more »

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Late this morning, the Wall Street Journal began streaming an interview with a haggard-looking David Axelrod to browsers and mobile devices across the land. The senior adviser to President Obama was appearing on the inaugural episode of “DC Bureau,” the latest addition to the Journal’s ever-expanding collection of live video offerings. Read more »

What do you get when you hire over-educated writers and ask them to make a muck-raking tabloid for professionals? In the case of Breaking Media, you get a lucrative audience of badly-behaved lawyers and bankers. Read more »

Sniper

Conservative media icon Matt Drudge has long had a regular cast of villains — from global warming to the Obama administration — that appear on his website. In the last year, Google appears to have joined the ranks of these in-house bugbears. Read more »

French book
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Google said it has reached a deal with French authors and publishers to sell digital copies of out of print books. The deal ends a six year legal dispute and could make France the first country to implement a national strategy for digitizing its literary output. Read more »

Morning Lowdown
photo: Corbis / Patricia Curi

Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Judge gives OK to authors, photographers to sue Google over book scanning (paidContent) …
On Facebook, ‘Likes’ Become Ads (New York Times) Read more »

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