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Google intrigue. On Friday, a source reported that another set of layoffs would be happening at Google starting Monday. By Sunday, the news was on Twitter leaked by disgruntled engineers working 18 hour days who got poor severance packages, no stock options and engulfed by the growing general malaise at Google. However, leading up to the layoffs there was some very bizarre activity. Google seems to be manipulating search results on its search results page to misinform the public. There seems to be a deliberate and concerted effort to cover up the layoffs. — Web Guild Silicon Valley
Student scoops journalists with Sully interview. Hero pilot Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, hotly pursued for weeks by giant US media networks, gave his first published interview to a 15-year-old high school student journalist. The first TV interview with Sully, who safely ditched US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River after both engines cut out, aired on CBS’s 60 Minutes program with Katie Couric last night. But in a special edition of the Dougherty Valley High School’s Wildcat Tribune, published a day earlier on Saturday, student journalist Jega Sanmugam scooped major media outlets with his article after interviewing the captain. — Sydney Morning Herald
Micro-economics. In recent weeks, as the newspaper industry’s fortunes have gone from abysmal to apocalyptic, a parade of boldfaced writers and thinkers have put forth a series of sweeping proposals to save the daily newspaper. Normally, reporters are a cynical bunch. We suspect sources to pursue ulterior motives and reflexively question grandiose schemes. Entrepreneurs, financiers, and politicians might sniff at this ingrained opposition to change, but if a new idea seems too good to be true, chances are it is. So when journalists chuck their skepticism and start talking like starry-eyed Silicon Valley venture capitalists, you know the newspaper industry is in dire shape. — The Big Money
US consumer magazines’ newsstand sales plunge 11%. Supersized gas prices followed by a roaring recession tore a chunk out of magazines’ newsstand sales last year, according to a new report showing that single-copy sales in the United States fell 11.1% in the second half. Nineteen of the top 25 newsstand sellers posted declines in the second half of 2008, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, including top-selling Cosmopolitan, down 6.2% from the second half of 2007. — Advertising Age
Resilient strategy for Times despite toll of a recession. In a conference call with analysts late last month, Janet L. Robinson, the president and chief executive of The New York Times Company, laid out a vision of how the company would survive the downturn that is crippling the newspaper industry. “As other newspapers cut back on international and national coverage, or cease operations, we believe there will be opportunities for The Times to fill that void,” she said, for both readers and advertisers. But before it can execute what the industry regards as a “last-man-standing” strategy, the company has to get there first. — The New York Times
A nonprofit panacea for newspapers? A wealthy couple, Herb and Marion Sandler, asked Paul Steiger how to help save journalism. His answer became ProPublica. ProPublica charges nothing for its stories, demanding only full credit and the promise that its pieces will run in their entirety. It does some stories on its own and collaborates with reporters elsewhere on others. Journalists have urged philanthropists in Los Angeles, Boston and Baltimore to take over struggling local dailies, but wealthy patrons can present their own complications for newsrooms. — NPR
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