Today's Five Best Columns
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Apr 2, 2012 12:26PM ET
Even as their numbers decline, the habit of tiny fish such as sardines to form into tightly packed "bait balls" keeps them super easy to catch, which puts them at risk of collapse and means active conservation such as catch limits is crucial for their survival.
Apr 2, 2012 10:47AM ET
The hack into Visa and MasterCard payment processor Global Payments turns out to have been massive, exposing 1.5 million customers' information (including account numbers) and costing the third-party contractor its spot on Visa's registry of secure providers.
Apr 2, 2012 9:21AM ET
It's not quite enough to make one feel bad for Goldman Sachs, but the panic kicked off by Nicholas Kristof's reporting on the investment bank's stake in Backpage.com was so obvious we're inclined to believe the firm might not have known the extent of the site's alleged facilitation of sex trafficking.
Mar 30, 2012 6:27PM ET
Perpetual bridge-burner Keith Olbermann set ablaze another viaduct Friday with an acrimonious departure from Al Gore's Current TV network. Where can he go next?
Mar 30, 2012 5:32PM ET
General Motors has decided to demonstrate its newfound belief that climate change is a real thing by pulling its longstanding funding from the climate-change-skeptical Heartland Institute think tank
Mar 30, 2012 4:56PM ET
The New York Times's Brian Stelter reported Friday that Current TV has dismissed cable news host Keith Olbermann after he moved there just over a year ago from MSNBC, and the break-up does not sound amicable.
Mar 30, 2012 4:03PM ET
To the delight of Arianna Huffington, we imagine, a judge has dismissed that class action lawsuit filed last Spring by a group of unpaid bloggers suing the Huffington Post for pay, falling on the side of the Huffington Post.
Mar 30, 2012 3:39PM ET
This week, Esquire magazine joined the proud tradition of media trolling with its Sex Issue, a cocktail of self-aware misogyny, arm-chair sociology, and pinup photos that engendered near-universal disgust, resulting in lots of "buzz."
Mar 30, 2012 10:58AM ET
Sanford, Florida, is having a hard time dealing with the intense national media scrutiny over the Trayvon Martin case, but it's learning: It only took a day to walk back its threat to arrest reporters for asking off-duty city employees questions.
Mar 30, 2012 9:02AM ET
It pays to be bitter, if you choose the right target, and Greg Smith certainly did with Goldman Sachs.
Mar 29, 2012 11:11AM ET
Thanks to Twitter, Rupert Murdoch's next "war" is only 140 characters away. This week, it just happens to be with "lies and libels", "old toffs and rightwingers" and a damning BBC documentary about News Corp.'s alliance with computer hackers.
Mar 29, 2012 11:01AM ET
The Washington Post must have offered John Temple a pretty sweet gig to get him to leave gorgeous beach paradise Hawaii for swampy inland Washington, D.C.
Mar 29, 2012 10:11AM ET
The U.S. Labor Department reported Thursday that the number of people seeking initial unemployment claims fell 5,000 last week to 359,000--the lowest since April 2008--a strong indicator that the U.S.'s labor market is improving.
Mar 28, 2012 4:00PM ET
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is trying to put together a national sports network to rival ESPN, a daunting task, but then, the company does have a history of unseating cable rivals.
Mar 28, 2012 11:47AM ET
If we're to believe The New York Post, it appears the bidding war for ex-Golman Sachs executive and New York Times' op-ed writer Greg Smith's memoir is about to scratch the $1 million mark--roughly double Smith's salary while working for the Vampire Squid.
Mar 28, 2012 11:02AM ET
For years it's been a regular on the iTunes main page but Friday will be the final broadcast of The New York Times Front Page podcast, the newspaper has confirmed.
Mar 28, 2012 9:22AM ET
With the cable business finally reaching saturation when it comes to adding new subscribers, and viewers blessed with more on-demand choices than ever, many top cable channels have recently experienced their worst ratings declines ever.
Mar 28, 2012 7:49AM ET
Readers and pundits have been wondering how a new owner might change the venerable Washington political magazine, The New Republic, and they just got a early answer.
Mar 26, 2012 12:57PM ET
Fed Chief Ben Bernanke is dumbstruck by the decline of the U.S. unemployment rate in recent months, and can't explain why it's happening.
Mar 23, 2012 5:13PM ET
After Jon Corzine's strenuous denial that he had any knowledge of M.F. Global managers raiding customer funds to pay overdrafts, along comes an internal memo that said he didn't just know of the practice, he ordered it.
Mar 23, 2012 3:47PM ET
Belvedere Vodka is getting some much deserved backlash on social media after they posted an ad on their Facebook and Twitter pages Friday that seems to make light of sexual assault.
Mar 23, 2012 3:38PM ET
The venerable entertainment trade publication Variety is up for sale, and according to Nikki Finke it's throwing in the towel because it can't compete with her Deadline Hollywood.
Mar 23, 2012 2:16PM ET
For five minutes today, from 10:57 to 11:02 a.m. EST, according to the The Wall Street Journal's Steven Russolillo, Apple stock stopped trading for reasons, at first, nobody could figure out, but now look attributable to the "bad trades" on the BATS market.
Mar 23, 2012 1:25PM ET
Using the treasure trove of readership data that are Bitly links, Forbes' Jon Bruner has created an interactive map of the news preferences of online readers that mediaphiles like us are sure to scour over.
Mar 23, 2012 12:51PM ET
There's a new Wall Street workout in town.
Mar 23, 2012 9:14AM ET
New analyses by mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have added an explosive new dimension to one of the most politically charged debates about the housing crisis: Whether to reduce the amount of money beleaguered homeowners owe on their mortgages.
Mar 22, 2012 6:10PM ET
Every week we're taking a tally of who's getting heard, what they're saying, and why it matters: This week, American Express trades money for tweets, Verizon gives tablets away for free, and DreamWorks drops the ball.
Mar 22, 2012 4:59PM ET
A knock-off website for clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is selling pants using an offensive racial slur, and enough people on social media have been fooled into thinking the site is official that "Abercrombie & Fitch" is a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.
Mar 22, 2012 4:43PM ET
The Daily Mail gets criticized and even sued from time to time for incorrectly reporting facts and fabricating or misattributing quotes in its stories. It used to have a policy against that.
Mar 22, 2012 2:34PM ET
To solve its money-making conundrum, Pinterest has hired Tim Kendall, Facebook's former Director of Monetization, reports Fortune's Jessi Hempel in a profile of the rising social network.