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»  David Carr paints a sordid, profane portrait of The Tribune Company under Sam Zell and Randy Michaels that feels like a combina…

Morning Lowdown
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»  David Carr paints a sordid, profane portrait of The Tribune Company under Sam Zell and Randy Michaels that feels like a combination of Barbarians At The Gate, The Decline and Fall Of The Roman Empire and Animal House. Tribune remains in bankruptcy limbo and it appears the shock jock ethos of the management team has produced much bitterness and little success. [NYT]

»  Although most e-books still sell for less than the print price, that could be changing, as two pop fiction titles cost more to buy on Amazon’s Kindle than in hardback. [NYT]

»  More than half a year since being sold by Reed Business Information, Broadcasting & Cable and sibling Multichannel News have put up paywalls around their print mag content. [Mediapost]

»  Sony (NYSE: SNE) hopes its new, all-classical online store Ariama will appeal to listeners more sensitive to the sonic impurities of MP3s’ typically low quality. They also hope that they can make some sort of business out of this instead of letting Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) grab classical music revenues too. [MediaMemo]

»  Google’s new, streamlined privacy policy will effectively “diminish privacy protections for users of Google (NSDQ: GOOG) services,” a coalition of advocates argues in a letter to CEO Eric Schmidt. Critics say that Google’s new policy is troubling because the search giant can now treat users’ data “as part of an integrated platform.” The new policy, they say, gives Google the right to transfer data from one service to another without receiving people’s consent. [Mediapost]

»  Huffington Post is continuing its endless rollout of content verticals. While other sites may focus on love and romance, this one certainly doesn’t. [Webnewser]

»  Lots of speculation about what Facebook has in store today when it hosts a press conference. Meanwhile, the social net was experiencing major outages. Coincidence? [

By David Kaplan

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