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5:35 PM ET, March 18, 2011

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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Lincoln Ad Offers Free Access to New York Times Online for Rest of 2011  —  One More Loophole in Pay Scheme, to the Benefit of an Advertiser  —  The New York Times built in one more loophole to its online pay meter scheme than it mentioned yesterday: Interstitial ads from Lincoln …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Gets Its First Big Publisher: New York Times Subscriptions Will Be Sold Through iTunes  —  The New York Times has finally unveiled its paywall plans, a year-plus in the making.  —  And with the Times' announcement, Steve Jobs gets his first big publisher to announce it is signing …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Q&A: New York Times Digital Czar Martin Nisenholtz on the Paywall, Pricing, Google and Apple  —  A lot of you have done a lot of reading, and a lot of writing, about the New York Times' digital paywall/subscription plans.  And if any of you who care about this stuff haven't read Ken Doctor's dissection …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
New York Times Paywall Workaround Springs Up Already  —  It hasn't even been 12 hours since the New York Times announced they're implementing a fairly complex paywall scheme, and already at least one workaround has sprung up.  —  The Times scheme allows readers 20 free stories per month before they have to pay.
LAT Blogs / The Big Picture:
The war between Fox News and the New York Times hits the bestseller list
Discussion: Poynter and Mediaite
Bill Mitchell / Poynter:
New York Times subscription plans all about one challenge: Reader migration
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Please stop calling it a wall”: First thoughts on the Times' pay plan
David Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Libya Says It Will Release Times Journalists  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Four New York Times journalists missing in Libya since Tuesday were captured by forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and will be released Friday, his son, Seif Islam el-Qaddafi, told Christiane Amanpour in an ABC News interview.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Huffpo Claims Its Bloggers Aren't Writers.  Is That True?  —  Accused by the Newspaper Guild of undermining journalism and victimizing journalists, the Huffington Post says it's not the case.  No surprise there.  What's interesting is how the news-and-blogs site chose to justify itself …
Discussion: Poynter and Future of Journalism
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Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Faced with a strike, The Huffington Post says: “Our bloggers are happy.”  —  The Newspaper Guild of America, which represents 26,000 media employees across the country, released a statement this week, encouraging all unpaid writers at The Huffington Post to stop working.
Discussion: Cision, The Daily Caller and GalleyCat, Thanks:cbm
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Newspaper Guild calls on HuffPo's unpaid writers to withhold their work
Discussion: New York Magazine
Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Should unpaid writers for The Huffington Post go on strike?
Discussion: CJR, Thanks:m4tt
Ian Cobain / Guardian:
US spy operation that manipulates social media  —  Military's ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda  —  Jeff Jarvis: Washington shows the morals of a clumsy spammer  —  The US military is developing software that will let it secretly …
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
CEO says Hollywood Reporter, Adweek and sister mags not for sale  —  The Hollywood Reporter and its sister magazines Adweek, Billboard and Backstage are up for sale again, according to sources who leaked an item to Claire Atkinson in Friday's New York Post.  —  Not so, insists Richard Beckman …
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Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Confirmed: The Hollywood Reporter IS for Sale (updated)  —  The Hollywood Reporter and its four sister publications — Billboard, AdWeek, MediaWeek and Brandweek — are up for sale, an individual with knowledge of the proposed transaction told TheWrap on Friday.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Netflix Bets Big On “House Of Cards” But Swears It's Not a Strategy Shift: Q&A With Content Boss Ted Sarandos  —  Netflix has bought its first TV show which doesn't exist yet.  The company has finalized a deal to distribute two seasons of “House Of Cards”, a yet-to-be produced political drama directed …
Steve Rosenbaum / Mashable!:
Why Curation Is Just as Important as Creation [OPINION]  —  This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.  —  Steven Rosenbaum is a curator, author, filmmaker and entrepreneur.  He is the CEO of Magnify.net, a real-time video curation engine for publishers, brands, and websites.
Discussion: Sparksheet
Deborah Potter / NewsLab:
Using Facebook for a TV investigation  —  Want more proof that social media are great reporting tools?  Look no farther than “Keys to the Castle” an investigative story Jace Larson reported for KUSA in Denver that picked up a 2011 duPont-Columbia Award.  The story uncovered a housing scam …
Max Colchester / Wall Street Journal:
Selling Video Scoops Online  —  Citizenside, other websites collect and syndicate amateur videos to professional news groups  —  PARIS—French website Citizenside recently sold a grainy video of British fashion designer John Galliano conducting an anti-Semitic rant to news organizations around the world.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Mobile devices creating their own niche for news delivery  —  Smartphones aren't displacing traditional media sources for most news consumers—instead, they're creating their own niche, according to a recent study out of Ohio State University.  Headed up by communication professor John Dimmick …
Discussion: Noted
Andrew Damstedt / American Journalism Review:
Digging Beneath the Surface  —  McClatchy's new Washington bureau chief is a champion of aggressive reporting.  Posted: Fri, March 18, 2011  —  Andrew Damstedt (adamstedt@ajr.umd.edu) is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  When he took over as chief of McClatchy's Washington, D.C. …
Discussion: Poynter
 
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
AP Stylebook Finally Changes “e-mail” to “email”
Discussion: ap.org and Gawker
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Parsing Our Partnership
Phoebe Connelly / The Atlantic Online:
SXSW 2011: The Year of the Librarian
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
Summit Scandal At The Hollywood Reporter
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
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Glam Media Buys BBS Media As Part Of Canadian Expansion
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Johnnie L. Roberts / The Wrap:
Is the Relationship Between Apple and Disney Too Close for Comfort?
Discussion: GigaOM and Company Town
Felix Salmon / @felixsalmon:
It seems that the NYT has persuaded Lincoln cars to sponsor free digital subscriptions thru 2011 for “an exclusive group” of web users
Discussion: @felixsalmon
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scribd's HTML5-Based Document Viewer Is Now Portable, Retroactively Upgrades 20M+ Embeds
Discussion: MacStories and VentureBeat
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A Twitter Chat About Writer Pay Rates in the Digital Age
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