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Richard Tofel’s e-essay, “Why American Newspapers Gave Away the Future,” is recommended by Jeff Jarvis as “it is well-written and researched and smart and reasonable. But then I also urge you to take the assumptions made by the industry and reflected in it and question them.”

Kirk Caraway says Tofel’s essay is “an interesting look back at the short history of online news,” but “that said, I find huge, gaping holes in his conclusion that newspapers screwed up by giving their content away on the web for free, what some refer to as the industry’s “original sin.”

* Jarvis: Sin or Sense
* Caraway: Debunking newspapers’ “Original Sin” excuse
* Read excerpts from Tofel’s e-essay

Brian Stelter reports the struggling network is dumping the political talk shows that now air from 8 to 11 p.m. ET and replaying programming shown from 5 to 8 p.m. ET, giving more exposure to anchors Gerri Willis, Neil Cavuto and Lou Dobbs. Stelter notes:

Last year the channel had an average of 54,000 total viewers in prime time, placing it in the bottom tier of all cable channels rated by Nielsen. The leading business news channel, CNBC, had an average of 228,000 viewers in prime time.

* Fox Business makes over its prime-time lineup
* Fox Business develops new show for ex-CNBCer Melissa Francis

So far I’ve ignored the many invitations from Google to check out its new privacy policy. I’m not alone, writes Frida Ghitis. “Most Americans paid little attention.”

If Americans — or people anywhere — decided to take up Google’s offer to check out its new policy, they would discover something so troubling, so frightening, really, that it would override the national tendency to leave companies alone to make money how they see fit. At least in the case of companies such as Google — and now Facebook — which know more about us than even our closest friends.

Ghitis doesn’t believe Google is deliberately doing evil, but she does believe “that it deliberately tries to deceive us when it claims the new privacy policy seeks “to provide you with as much transparency and choice as possible.”

* Google knows too much about you
* Privacy watchdog warns against new Google watchdog

MORE ON GOOGLE: The Wall Street Journal reports Google is working on a home-entertainment system that streams music wirelessly throughout the home. “The effort marks a sharp shift in strategy for Google, which for the first would time would design and market consumer electronic devices under its name,” the paper reports.