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Jon Friedman

For roughly 14 years MarketWatch published Jon Friedman's Media Web column, a widely read destination for media industry professionals. A former reporter, columnist and editor for Bloomberg, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Investors Daily and other publications, he is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (ReInvention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution" (2012, Penguin) and the co-author of "House of Cards: INside the Troubled Empire of American Express" (1992, Putnam).

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Tina Brown: A Revisionist View

Tina Brown, who announced that she is leaving The Daily Beast and the publishing world, has experienced one of the most complex journalism careers of any editor in recent memory. Cate Blanchett would have a field day playing the many layers of Tina in a Hollywood biopic.
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  • September 12, 2013 10:42 AM
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The NFL 'Suicide Pool:' My Beloved, Unspeakable Mistress

Before this year's NFL season began, I SWORE to myself that I wouldn't let my attachment to the Suicide Pool get out of hand -- like it did in the previous three years.
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  • September 10, 2013 9:09 AM
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Can Entrepreneurs Rescue the Newspaper Industry?

(A version of tis piece originally appeared in The Fiscal Times)
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  • September 8, 2013 11:50 AM
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Why Citizen Bloomberg Could Buy The New York Times

The most interesting parlor game in New York City right now is guessing what Mayor Michael Bloomberg will do after his term ends on Dec. 31 and he leaves city hall after 12 lively years as Hizzoner.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • September 6, 2013 1:35 PM
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Microsoft Seeks to Re-Invent Itself With Daring Nokia Deal

Microsoft's daring $7 billion deal to acquire Nokia's lagging cell phone business is designed to put the Redmond, Wash.-based company in the big leagues with rivals Samsung and Apple.
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  • September 3, 2013 12:50 PM
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Bob Dylan's Hidden Triumph: the 1969 Isle of Wight Concert on 'Another Self Portrait'

Predictably, "Another Self Portrait," Bob Dylan's newest installment in his well received Bootleg Series, is creating waves among Dylan Nation.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • August 30, 2013 3:30 PM
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Sheryl Sandberg Should Succeed Microsoft's Ballmer

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg should succeed Steve Ballmer, who announced that he plans to retire.
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  • August 29, 2013 3:04 PM
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Bob Dylan's "Another Self Portrait" Is A New Triumph

When Bob Dylan released his double-album Self Portrait in June 1970, the critics hated it. Rolling Stone's Greil Marcus famously wrote in disgust and bewilderment, "What is this shit?"
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • August 21, 2013 11:54 AM
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How Al Jazeera America Can Win Over a Skeptical Nation

There are plenty of reasons why the brand new entity Al Jazeera America will have a hard time winning over a skeptical television audience in the United States -- and they all have to do with the quirks of Americans' viewing habits.
  • By Jon Friedman
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  • August 20, 2013 12:57 PM
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Alex Rodriguez' Risky Business

Thirty years ago, the film "Risky Business" came into our lives and the notion of someone striving to make money -- "a lot of money,"as one of the cast members put it -- became sexy. Very sexy.
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  • August 19, 2013 1:21 PM
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