Morning Links: AOL Would Be Profitable If it Dropped Patch

According to the NYT, AOL hired 300 journalists since buying the Huffington Post; Tim Armstrong thinks quality content is the future of the Internet, which is why he won’t sell off the $160 million money pit that is Patch. (It would be profitable if it did so.) They’re trying to build up traffic as quickly as possible while their internet access subscriber base disappears.

News Corp has 29 lawyers devoted to making the life of Robert Emmel, a News America whistleblower, a living hell. He’s been bankrupted litigating their 6 lawsuits and 300 court pleadings, all of which have been thrown out or overturned, reports the Guardian.

Also in the Guardian: another News of the World journalist has been arrested on suspicion of phone hacking, this one lived and worked in Los Angeles since 2009, so who knows, maybe here it comes.

A federal judge dismissed the sexual discrimination case against Bloomberg LP yesterday, reports the NYT. The suit claimed the company systematically marginalized women who were pregnant or took maternity leave and, according to the judge, relied too heavily on anecdote. Judge Loretta Preska’s ruling focused on work-life balance:

She quoted Jack Welch, the former chief executive of General Electric, saying: “There’s no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.”

Declaring that “Mr. Welch’s view reflects the free-market employment system we embrace in the United States, particularly for competitive, highly paid managerial posts,” she continued that the law “does not require companies to ignore employees’ work-family trade-offs — and they are trade-offs — when deciding about employee pay and promotions.”


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