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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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March 30, 2010, 6 p.m.

Links on Twitter: “Hot spotting” makes video elements clickable, companies ban social media in India, The Guardian gets a homepage redesign

Scientists discover a special magnet to the skull can disrupt moral reasoning. Could the technique save newspapers? »

Tough times for Twitter lovers in India, 96% of companies prohibit social media. (46% of U.S. companies) »

Advertisers are catching on to “hot spotting,” new technology that makes elements in online videos clickable »

Congratulations, Lukas Prize winners! Awards for excellence in nonfiction writing announced today »

The Guardian gets a homepage redesign »

Another revenue stream? Trib to sell archived photos dating back to early 1900s (via @iwantmedia »

New York Press Association launches $4 million statewide campaign to sell people on local papers »

Google fixed Buzz privacy concerns in a flash, but 11 House members still want FTC to investigate »

Good morning! Gawker tracks “recurring reader affection” as an impact metric »

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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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