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True Genius: How to go from “the future of journalism” to a fire sale in a few short years
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Aug. 27, 2009, 5:44 p.m.

Links on Twitter: Chicago’s 16-year-old crime blogger, Howard Stern as “his own medium,” zombies seize summer doldrums

Chicago’s most dedicated crime blogger is a 16-yr-old with a police scanner. “It’s something I need to do” »

As Howard Stern’s contract with Sirius expires, what are his options? “He could become his own medium” »

22% of U.S. teens on the web say they visit social-networking sites more than 10 times a day »

The Financial Times says you can’t email its articles »

This hashtag is sponsored: #gapstyletips — part of the GAP’s six-figure advertising deal with Perez Hilton »

Zombies were the big story on blogs during last week’s summer doldrums (on Twitter: cocaine-laced currency) »

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