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Does WSJ Have a Problem Disclosing Conflicts of Interest?

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A letter published by The Wall Street Journal on Saturday drew criticism from Jewish groups and readers for comparing recent protests targeting San Francisco’s wealthiest residents to a series of 1938 riots, instigated by German Nazis, that left dozens dead and kicked off the Holocaust.

And as some began to question why the business paper of record give a platform to such a far-fetched analogy — in a letter that also unexpectedly glorifies serial novelist Danielle Steel as the city’s No. 1 celebrity — even if the writer was a legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist.

In an italicized tagline beneath the letter, WSJ introduced the author, Thomas Perkins, as founder of the VC firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers — which, despite bearing his name, distanced itself on Saturday from the “partner emeritus” profiled on its website.

A quick Google search reveals more relevant biographical details.

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Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg Team With NBC for Re/code (TVNewser)
Following their split with Dow Jones, digital dynamos Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg and their team are partnering with the NBCUniversal News Group for their new venture called Revere Digital. Swisher and Mossberg are the co-CEOs of the new, technology-focused media company which will publish under the name Re/code. Windsor Media will also join Revere as an investing partner. NYT The business will closely resemble AllThingsD, the website and conference brand that Mossberg and Swisher — both prominent technology industry journalists — ran as part of News Corporation. Ties to the media giant were cut last year. PRNewser The AllThingsD name will be no more. Its former URL redirects to “Digits,” the WSJ‘s behind-the-paywall source for news on things that buzz and transmit data. Re/code Why have we chosen Re/code as the name for our new creation? Simply put: Because everything in tech and media is constantly being refreshed, renewed and reimagined. And this is the reinvention of ourselves. Reuters Re/code is just one of several new arrivals in the crowded tech media arena. Last year, Jessica Lessin, another Wall Street Journal reporter, also defected to launch The Information, a premium, subscription-based tech news site. Yahoo! is also preparing a consumer tech site with David Pogue, the former New York Times gadget reviewer. Poynter / MediaWire The Re/code Twitter account has about 9,000 followers as of 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, while @WSJD — previously @WSJtech, which seems to have been an automated feed — has 86,000. The transfer of power seems to have been peaceful, with the AllThingsD account referring followers to Recode.net. AllThingsD.com now redirects to WSJD.

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Walt Mossberg Names Newton MessagePad ‘Most Influential’ Tech Product [Updated]

mossbergIn his final column for The Wall Street Journal, Walt Mossberg has given us a gem. The man has reviewed a lot of personal tech products in his 22 years at the paper, so what better way to go out than to list the top 12 “most influential” ones? Mossberg gives the top spot to Apple’s Newton MessagePad, from way back in 1993 [See update below]:

This hand-held computer from Apple was a failure, even a joke, mainly because the company promised it could flawlessly recognize handwriting. It didn’t. But it had one feature that foreshadowed some of today’s most cutting-edge technology: An early form of artificial intelligence. You could scrawl ‘lunch with Linda Jones on Thursday’ and it would create a calendar entry for the right time with the right person.

Other products making Mossberg’s list include the iPod, Windows 95 (yes, seriously!), Google search and Twitter.

Below is Mossberg’s final sign off, which is — of course — all class.

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Kenneth Li Named Managing Editor of New AllThingsD

Well that was fast. Days after Kenneth Li announced he was leaving Reuters after a decade, Business Insider is reporting that Li is joining the forthcoming tech site from the AllThingsD founders, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.

As you know by now, Mossberg and Swisher chose not to renew their contract with Dow Jones, and so they’re striking out on their own, with plans to launch their own tech site soon.

Li will serve as the upcoming site’s managing editor.

WSJ Announces Personal Tech Team

WSJ-twitter-logoWith Walt Mossberg leaving The Wall Street Journal to forge ahead with AllThingsD as a separate entity from Dow Jones, the paper had some big shoes to fill. Below are the people who will be giving it a go. The foursome will be responsible for the Journal’s personal tech coverage.

  • Wilson Rothman joins the Journal as personal tech editor. He comes to the paper from NBC News digital.
  • Geoffrey Fowler has been named a reviewer/columnist. Fowler has been with the Journal for the part 13 years as a reporter.
  • Joanna Stern joins as a reviewer/columnist as well, but with an emphasis on video. She comes to the paper from ABC News.
  • Nathan Olivarez-Giles joins as a personal tech blogger and web producer. He’ll be overseeing a new personal tech vertical the Journal plans on launching in February 2014.

It’s Official: AllThingsD and Dow Jones Part Ways

It’s official: AllThingsD and Dow Jones are done. According to a statement just released by Gerard Baker, editor of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, AllThingsD and Dow Jones will not sign a contract extension. In the memo, the move is billed as “a mutual separation.”

We first heard rumblings that Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg — the founders of AllThingsD — were trying to find investors that might be interested in buying a stake in the site late last month. To that end, Fortune is reporting that there are talks underway with Comcast and NBC Universal.

The separation of AllThingsD and Dow Jones also means the end of Mossberg’s tenure at The Wall Street Journal. He had been with the paper since 1970.

Read Baker’s full memo below.

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AllThingsD May Separate From Dow Jones

AllThingsD, the tech news site, is rumored to be working its way away from Dow Jones, the News Corp. subsidiary that owns the site. Fortune reports that AllThingsD’s contract expires on December 31, so Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg — the founders of AllThingsD — are busy trying to find investors that might be interested in buying a stake in the site.

The asking price is rumored to be somewhere between $10 million and $15 million for a 25 percent or 30 percent chunk of the company. Swisher and Mossberg are looking at media companies, and so far three proposals have been submitted; one of which is from NBCUniversal. Other companies that were discussed include Bloomberg, The Washington Post Company and Condé Nast.

As for now, this is just speculation. Swisher and Mossberg could leave to start a new site and AllThingsD could end up remaining under the News Corp. umbrella. Either way, a source told Fortune that Rupert Murdoch “will probably make the final call on what happens.”

AllThingsD Taps AdAge Reporter Jason Del Rey

AllThingsD has hired Jason Del Rey to cover e-commerce for the News Corp.-owned site, editors Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg announced Monday.

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He will be starting in two weeks.

Del Rey, most recently a reporter at Advertising Age, will cover companies such as Amazon, Groupon, eBay and the online payments business, “as well the escalation of the Internet of Things and the continued mashup of the offline and online worlds.”

Sounds broad.

Del Rey has been a business reporter since 2007, when he joined Inc. magazine covering startups. He was on AdAge’s digital media team, covering everything from the Yahoos and AOL Goliaths to the BuzzFeed and Gawker Media Davids.

Head over to AllThingsD to read the full memo.

Twitter Wants Your $$$

twitter-money.jpgSpeaking yesterday at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams told the audience, “there will be a moment when you can fill out a form or something and give us money.” From the Associated Press:

Williams and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone mentioned possible revenue-generators, including a service that would authenticate the source of information. For example, Dunkin’ Donuts could pay to make sure that impostors don’t send messages under its name.

Still, after nearly one hour of questions from journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher and from the audience, the co-founders gave no clear picture of Twitter’s business model. Stone demurred when asked what would be the company’s key revenue driver in two years.

Williams said he wasn’t opposed to banner advertising but was unenthusiastic.

“I think it’s probably the least interesting thing we could do,” he said.

Wall Street Journal‘s Personal Tech Guy Says Consumers Are Losers

Says the white-goateed Walt Mossberg: “Viacom wants to get paid more than Google wants to pay it for all of those fuzzy, two-minute clips from programs like the Daily Show that users post to YouTube. The companies tried to negotiate a deal, but the talks failed, so Viacom is suing for $1 billion. I am not a lawyer, and I have no idea how this lawsuit will wind up. I suspect it is mainly a bargaining tactic by Viacom. But I know one thing: This fight isn’t primarily about consumers and their rights, and its outcome won’t necessarily make things better for Internet users.”