NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In an unprecedented move, Michelin Tire Co. has decided to offer fans who attended the June 19 Formula One U.S. Grand Prix race in Indianapolis a full refund, the company said. Photo: AP On the day of the race, Michelin discovered a design flaw in its tires and deemed them unsafe…

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Los Angeles Times: On Friday, Villaraigosa will be sworn in as Los Angeles’ first Latino mayor in 133 years, and he said he has received more than 1,500 interview requests. They have come, according to his office, from around the nation and from more than a dozen countries. Meanwhile, his transition team is grappling with…

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This is an excerpt from today’s Lefsetz Letter, an email that addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: downloading, copy protection, pricing and the music itself. I found out about it from Jon Healey of the Los Angeles Times, who quoted Bob Lefsetz — who also writes for VH1.com —…

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Years ago, long before her melt down, Lizzie Grubman and her beautiful associates appeared on the cover of New York Magazine. I’ll never forget it, because Alan Nierob (or maybe it was Paul Bloch) showed it to me and said you that a publicist should never be where their clients want to be. That didn’t…

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Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers writes a scathing review of Distinction, a magazine on Southern California lifestyle he says someone left on his desk, which is published by Tribune. He singles out a feature story on Frank and Jamie McCourt, written by Eric Lax, which he slams — based on the soft ball…

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News Analysis (aka The Context) in today’s NY Times on yesterday’s Supreme Court decision not to hear a case involving New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Time Magazine’s Matthew Cooper’s refusal to testify about conversations they had with confidential sources includes an opinion from Rodney A. Smolla, dean of the University of Richmond School…

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AP: WASHINGTON – Hollywood and the music industry can file piracy lawsuits against technology companies caught encouraging customers to steal music and movies over the Internet, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The justices, aiming to curtail what they called a “staggering” volume of piracy online, largely set aside concerns that new lawsuits would inhibit technology…

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It’s not the only paper I read, but it is definitely the one I find most interesting on Mondays, thanks to their focus on media business news on the first day of the week. If you’re breaking media related news, Monday’s Business Day is among the best. The following posts are all taken directly from…

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You think you’ve got it tough? Doubleday is currently charged with handling book tour press for “The Traveler,” an upcoming title they’ve got high hopes for, without the help of the book’s author, who has apparently chosen privacy over celebrity. Doubleday marketing director John Pitts, publicity director Alison Rich, and online marketing executive Lauren Chinn,…

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