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Oct. 21, 2009, 11 a.m.

Links on Twitter: Revenue trouble for indy political bloggers, Yahoo launching news blog, book publishers holding back digital editions

Indy political blogging pioneers, Atrios and Digby, say revenue is down as they face corporate competition http://tr.im/CxuE »

Yahoo launching a news blog with mix of aggregation and reporting, run by @agolis, who’s leaving TPM http://tr.im/Cy60 »

Authors, increasing 10x every year, will soon be majority of world population http://tr.im/Cxcz (HT @scottros»

Texas Tribune, launching soon, has raised $3.5M from founder, @knightfdn, small donors, corporate sponsors http://tr.im/CAak »

Book publishers try holding back digital editions http://tr.im/CzAd while @doctorow gives them away http://tr.im/CzAn »

 
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