Fact of the day

The combined personal wealth of Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin (a meagre $16bn each) is greater than the entire value of the US newspaper publishing sector ($20bn, according to Wall Street estimates). Well, so Valleywag reckons anyway.

The 'elite' future of the newspaper

The endgame for the newspaper is in sight, says Philip Meyer, hack-turned-professional-doomsayer and author of The Vanishing Newspaper. That 2005 book is commonly quoted as predicting April 2043 as the date on which the last New York Times appears - although in fact his model suggests the industry would have capitulated long before that.

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