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Jon Friedman

Ex-Marketwatch columnist Friedman has new job


Jon Friedman, the media columnist for Marketwatch.com who was among the layoffs earlier this year, has found a new job.

Friedman tells Talking Biz News that he has created and launched the Media Matrix blog for Indiewire.com.

“This blog will be an informative, provocative and (I hope) irreverent look at the blessed media establishment,” said Friedman in a message.

“The blog will cover everything from the business news of the media to Smart TV to critiques of the media’s performance (as in the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, for example), to game-changing technologies such as Aereo to media-industry leaders,” added Friedman. “I it created for IndieWire and it launched on April 8. I will be blogging, as the Kinks, sang, all day and all of the night.”

Friedman wrote the Media Web column. Before joining MarketWatch in 1999, he covered business and finance for almost two decades for USA Today, BusinessWeek, Bloomberg News and Investors Business Daily.

He is co-author of the expose “House of Cards: Inside the Troubled Empire of American Express” (1992, Putnam) as well as a recent book on musician Bob Dylan. His freelance pieces have appeared in the magazine and business sections of the Sunday New York Times, the American Banker and other publications.

He appears frequently on television and radio programs to discuss news issues, and in 2010 he launched the Web TV show, “Media Matters with Jon Friedman.”


WSJ starts MoneyBeat blog


The Wall Street Journal announced Tuesday the launch of MoneyBeat, a new blog dedicated to global finance, markets, and mergers and acquisitions.

Drawing from the Journal’s global pool of reporting, MoneyBeat explains, critiques and analyzes trends and news stories in finance, markets and deal-making.

The new blog brings together six of the Journal’s most widely read blogs, including MarketBeat, The Source, Overheard and all the Deal Journals across the globe, into a single, integrated hub of news and analysis.

The blog’s tone, content and writing style is designed to complement the Journal’s outstanding financial coverage by delving deeper into the world of markets and finance and bringing out the personalities behind the news, from deal-makers to hedge fund giants and private-equity titans.

“MoneyBeat is a one-stop shop for everybody interested in finance and markets, no matter where they are around the world,” said Gerard Baker, managing editor of The Journal, in a statement. “With its vast network of journalists and editors, the Journal is uniquely positioned to deliver lively, round-the-clock news and analysis from the U.S., Asia and Europe. MoneyBeat is an indispensable companion for anybody who cares about markets and finance.”

MoneyBeat is overseen by former Deal Journal and MarketBeat editor Stephen Grocer.

Economics Bloggers Forum

Bloggers and the economy


The annual Economics Bloggers Forum, held Friday, brings together leading economists and bloggers to share perspectives on the business of blogging and the most pressing topic of the day – the economy.

The Kauffman Foundation is holding the forum to stimulate new ideas, new thinking, and new policies that support the entrepreneurship and innovation that is critical to our economic recovery.

Here is a panel discussion titled Economic and Financial Weblogging and the Future and Sustainability of Financial Journalism

The panel includes Cardiff Garcia, Joe Weisenthal, and Allison Schrager; the moderator is George Kahn.

Other panels can be viewed here.


Tech site ZDNet is cutting bloggers


Business technology news site ZDNet has cut five bloggers from its staff in the past few weeks as it continues to realign its organization into a global one, reports Sean Ludwig of VentureBeat.com

Ludwig writes, “ZDNet has a long history of writing about the technology industry, and CNET acquired it for $1.6 billion in July 2000. In 2003, ZDNet refocused to more closely cover business technology. In May 2008, CBS Interactive purchased CNET, and since that time, ZDNet has existed as a combination of technology blog network and news outlet.

“In July, ZDNet decided to combine all of its international sites into one editorial team (and one budget) and since that time, it has been focused on expanding into a global network. ZDNet currently has more than 80 bloggers contracted for its blog network and 40 full-time ZDNet staffers.

“But with that shift comes cuts to its U.S. operations, and several of its bloggers have penned farewell posts lately. Today, Joel Evans — the co-founder of Geek.com and a long-time gadget writer at ZDNet — said his goodbye.

“‘Today is my last day writing for ZDNet,’ Evans wrote. ‘I wanted to write a personal thank you to you, the readers, and to my coauthor, Matt Miller, and of course the fine folks at ZDNet, including my editor, David Grober. ZDNet has given me a place to call home, where I could write about anything I wanted, anytime I wanted.’”

Read more here.

AllThingsD considers split from News Corp.


AllThingsD, the widely read technology blog run by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, has begun discussions with owner News Corp about extending or ending their partnership, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.

Peter Lauria and Nadia Damouni write, “According to these sources, AllThingsD’s contract with News Corp expires at the end of the year. One of the sources said Swisher and Mossberg have to deliver a business plan by next week to Robert Thomson, the former Wall Street Journal managing editor who will helm News Corp’s publishing unit as CEO after it is spun off.

“The fact that AllThingsD’s contract is up this year is well known, and sources said the website is receiving a lot of ‘inbound interest’ from potential buyers parallel to its talks with News Corp.

“Among the names mentioned as having reached out to AllThingsD were Conde Nast, where Swisher recently signed to work as a contributing writer for Vanity Fair, and Hearst.

“Sources also speculated that former Yahoo and News Corp executive Ross Levinsohn might be looking at the website given his new role as Chief Executive of Guggenheim Digital Media, which comes complete with “significant capital to acquire and invest in new media companies.” The private equity shop already owns Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, and Adweek.”

Read more here.


AOL confirms acquisition of tech site gdgt


Alexia Tsotsis and Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch report that AOL has acquired tech news site gdgt for an undisclosed amount.

Tsotsis and Lunden write, “Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but we have heard that the deal was in the high seven figures, and that there was another — higher — offer from another company but that gdgt’s co-founders, Ryan Block and Peter Rojas, went with AOL because it was a better fit.

“It seems poetic that future of a company so deeply embedded in the Internet’s past would hinge upon amassing properties that so vehemently chronicle its future. The deal will see Ryan Block take on a bigger role at AOL, where we have heard from sources that he will become head of product for AOL Tech Media, reporting to Jay Kirsch, and taking some of the learnings, technology and sensibility that he and Rojas have brought to gdgt and applying it across AOL’s portfolio of tech sites. In addition to TechCrunch, those sites include Engadget (which Rojas founded and Block used to edit), TUAW and Joystiq. In other words, the acquisition will give gdgt much greater scale for its product.

“With AOL’s tech portfolio heavy on blogs and news, gdgt will be bringing complementary content in the form of a huge database of gadget information, created with the aim of ‘improving the buying experience,’ in the words of Block.

“The move lets the two come full-circle and, for those who ever wondered, provides more color on why they left in the first place. ‘We didn’t leave Engadget (or AOL) because we were unhappy, we left to do gdgt because at the time it was tough to build something that was clearly not editorial,’ Block told me. ‘That’s obviously changed, and we’re excited to be able to continue to invest in and grow gdgt, while also bringing a lot of the stuff we’ve built to the rest of AOL Tech.’”

Read more here.


AOL negotiated to buy tech news site gdgt


AOL is negotiating to acquire the tech news and review site gdgt, reports Colleen Taylor of TechCrunch.

Taylor writes, “Sources tell me that a deal appears to be nearing closure in a matter of days.

“I’ve reached out both to gdgt and to executives at AOL for confirmation or comment, but have not yet received a response. The latter is kind of awkward because they are technically my co-workers and/or superiors (disclosure: AOL owns TechCrunch,) but it is par for the course when it comes to M&A rumors. Also, it feels a bit strange to report on deals that are being worked on within my own (really big) company, but this is the word I’m hearing — and in the end, I’m told, news is news.

“Gdgt’s parent company PastFuture has raised some $3.7 million from investors including Spark Capital, True Ventures, betaworks, AOL Ventures, Lerer Ventures, and others. The company has a staff of about 20. This is not the first time the company has been in sale talks — the company has reportedly received interest from CBS, Amazon, and CNET over the years. That of course means that this deal may not pan out, but I’m told that the current talks are indeed very serious.”

Read more here.


A blogger who reviews his company’s products


Jordan Crook of TechCrunch writes Monday about how a Nokia blogger, Adam Fraser, has reviewed the new Nokia phone and only had nice things to say about the product.

Crook writes, “He just so happens to be a ‘Writer and Reporter at Nokia Conversations Blog,’ who ‘has owned more Nokia handsets than he can count’ and receives his paycheck from Nokia, but just ignore that bit. I’m sure he’s totally objective about the whole thing.

“Here are some of my favorite, unbiased bits:

From the front, you’ll see a double layer of colours, but from any other angle, all you can see is a vibrant, luscious lime colour.

Comparing the weight with my Nokia Lumia 800, the Lumia 620 feels lighter, but not in a cheap way. It feels solid and heavy enough to fit snugly into the palm of my hand while the smooth back and rounded edges give the whole phone a comfortable feel.

“Read: This phone may feel cheap and light, considering that it’s made of cheap, light materials like polycarbonate thermoplastic. But don’t mind that. Look! Pretty colors!

The 3.8″ TFT WVGA ClearBlack display produces some vivid colours, equally on par with the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820.

“Read: The smallish display looks really pretty with all these live tiles!”

Read more here.


Changes coming to Tennessean biz coverage


Lance Williams, the business editor of The Tennessean in Nashville, writes about changes to the paper’s business coverage.

Williams writes, “Look for a host of improvements to our daily and Sunday business sections, as well as our online business coverage.

“All these new features  will be rolling out over time.The first  is the launch of our ‘Inside Nashville business’ blog, which can be found at blogs.tennessean.com/business.

“Our reporters gather lots of information for stories they are working on, and not everything makes it into the daily paper. Now, we will be able to share more of that information on the business blog — helping us add more breadth and depth to our coverage.

“:In addition, we want to use the business blog to show you some of the personality of Nashville’s business community, and to help present information in a new and interesting way. Be sure to go online and check it out.

“In addition to our experienced reporting staff, another ongoing feature of our business coverage is the use of experts from the community who provide valuable expertise to help improve your business or financial picture.

“Beginning this week, we are pleased to add Rory Vaden, a New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of Southwestern Consulting.”

Read more here.

Money Now

MSN Money launches Money Now site


MSN Money has launched a new site called MoneyNOW that covers the latest financial news.

The announcement states, “Today, the first MSN channel is launching NOW content, moneyNOW. moneyNOW is MSN Money’s new destination for smart, original and entertaining takes on the latest business and investing topics that are buzzing on the web.

“Wondering how much money rapper Psy is making from his record-setting YouTube video, Gangnam style? Find out at Money Now. Did you know that gun sales soared during Black Friday this year? Or that Japan Airlines is now offering KFC on flights? Those are the kind of conversation starters you’ll learn about on Money Now.

“But that’s not all. On moneyNOW, investors learn what companies their peers are searching for more information about and get to the bottom of controversies, like why Wall Street hates Groupon’s CEO. Instead of straight earnings news, you’ll find out why Tiffany may regain its lost luster. Instead of reading about Congressional budgets, moneyNOW goes right to the key question: Is the mortgage deduction at risk?

“To stay abreast of the latest money trends, writers and editors review results from MSN’s proprietary Demand Dashboard, which sifts data from real-time sources like Twitter, Bing and StockTwits. These results are also filtered every few minutes and displayed in MSN Money’s Trending now module, which you can find on MSN Money and moneyNOW. The Trending Now box displays financial keywords and stock tickers that are hot on search and social media. The results are determined by a computer algorithm, displayed automatically and not filtered.”

Read more here.