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Murdoch's Tablet Newspaper Experiment Shows Some Promise

The Daily has 120,000 active weekly readers, 80,000 of whom are actually paying for it, according to publisher Greg Clayman, who added that about 15% of people who sign up for a trial ultimately end up subscribing. "The numbers are telling us people are responding well to original content designed for the platform," he said. "Premium content seems to work well on a tablet device." But The Daily still has a long way to go before it proves anything about paid media or the tablet.

Conservatives set to table bill forcing unions to open books

Canada's ruling Conservative Party is set to take another hit at labor organizations, this time through a bill designed to force the country's unions to open their books to the public. The proposed bill is part of continued efforts in recent months by the Conservatives to take on organized labor, which has been a key backer of the opposition New Democratic Party and in return has received strong NDP support.

The creative class is a lie

The dream of a laptop-powered "knowledge class" is dead. The media is melting. Blame the economy -- and the Web

The "creative class" was supposed to be the new engine of the U.S. economy, post-industrial age, and as the educated, laptop-wielding cohort grew, the U.S. was going to grow with it. But for those who deal with ideas, culture and creativity at street level, things are less cheery. Book editors, journalists, video store clerks, musicians, novelists without tenure -- they’re among the many groups struggling through the dreary combination of economic slump and internet reset. The creative class is melting, and the story is largely untold.

The Moral Question

When Republicans recently charged the President with promoting "class warfare," he answered it was "just math." But it’s more than math. It’s a matter of morality. Republicans have posed the deepest moral question of any society: whether we’re all in it together. Their answer is we’re not. President Obama should proclaim, loudly and clearly, we are.

How Companies Plunder and Profit from the Nest Eggs of American Workers

No one disputes that there’s a retirement crisis, but the crisis was no demographic accident. It was manufactured by an alliance of two groups: top executives and their facilitators in the retirement industry—benefits consultants, insurance companies, and banks—all of whom played a huge and hidden role in the death spiral of American pensions and benefits. Yet, unlike the banking industry, the masterminds responsible for the retirement crisis have walked away blame-free.

Shhh! This is the New York Times

The new documentary about the NYT shows a silent newspaper office where no one laughs

Moviegoing journalists obsessed about the future of their trade (if there is one) will love Page One: Inside the New York Times (possibly showing at a non-multiplex near you). Some 97 minutes of balding men standing around worrying about their jobs. But non-journalists interested by this insider's look at America's most revered daily may notice quite other, counter-intuitive, things.

Cate Woodruff Reporting From Wall Street: Day 11

After surveying the growing encampment, I also had the opportunity to march uptown from Liberty Plaza with OccupyWallStreet participants on Tuesday. But unlike the ubiquitous pepper-spray video, there was no violence and no use of force. The OccupyWallStreet march ended at the Postal Service with hundreds of US postal workers joining in with the crowd. At that moment, OccupyWallStreet stood united with the often-embattled Postal Union.

Vancouver police want media's riot footage

Vancouver police say they plan to serve warrants on local media outlets to collect video footage from the Stanley Cup riot earlier this year. The warrants — also known as production orders — include the CBC, The Vancouver Sun, The Province, The Globe and Mail, Global TV and CTV. But the head of UBC's Journalism School criticized the move, saying it is inappropriate for the Vancouver Police Department to demand the media turn over material.

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