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11:30 AM ET, March 16, 2010


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Biz / Twitter Blog:
@anywhere  —  When we designed Twitter, we took a different approach—we didn't require a relationship model like that of a social network.  Keeping things open meant you could browse our site to read tweets from friends, celebrities, companies, media outlets, fictional characters, and more.
Holly Sanders Ware / New York Post:
Twitter's short on Biz plan
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
C-Span Puts Its Full Archives on the Web  —  WASHINGTON — Researchers, political satirists and partisan mudslingers, take note: C-Span has uploaded virtually every minute of its video archives to the Internet.  —  The archives, at, cover 23 years of history …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC Broadband Plan: Reactions Pour In  —  UPDATED: Comcast's Roberts commends plan  —  Comment from Washington came pouring over the electronic transom Monday as details of the FCC's national broadband plan were revealed.  —  Broadcasters said they would look closely at the plan …
Financial Times:   US broadcasters set for fight over FCC plan
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
ABC Tinkers with the Idea of Midday News  —  With the audiences for traditional network news shows steadily declining, (see the PEJ's State of the News Media 2010) executives at the broadcast news divisions are continuing to brainstorm new ideas on how to expand their offerings.
Discussion: Company Town
Tucker Echols / bizjournals:
The Washington Post to launch business weekly  —  The Washington Post announced Monday that it will launch a subscription-only business weekly called Capital Business, beginning April 19.  —  Dan Beyers, a 20-year veteran of the Post, is the editor of the new publication.
NPR Blogs:
Does the Dow Matter?  —  NPR's weekday newscasts air 37 times a day and usually include stock market figures.  —  But are those numbers valuable to the average listener?  —  “As a data bit for a civilian audience the Dow is flat out useless at best,” wrote Tom DeVries from Mariposa, CA.
Discussion: Romenesko and Talking Biz News
Hollywoodreporter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Jason Segel to star in Muppets movie (exclusive)  —  Jason Segel has found his rainbow connection with Disney's Muppets movie, signing to star as the human lead.  —  He also will join David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films/TV, the studio-based shingle behind last year's “The Proposal,” as a producer on the project.
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Facebook Tops Google As Most Visited Site in the U.S.  —  Are Americans now more likely to get content from their friends than random Web sites that they wouldn't be able to find on their own? … That's one of the implications of a report out Monday by Internet research company Hitwise …
Joe Grimm / Ask the Recruiter:
The Social Media Skills You Need to Qualify for Journalism Jobs  —  In February we looked at how people can use targeted Facebook ads to try to land job interviews.  Now, let's look more specifically at what social media skills you need to qualify for some journalism jobs.
Mercedes Bunz / Guardian:
How the New York Times and CNN try to keep up with the tech companies  —  The New York Times and CNN have both built strong online presences - through strongly contrasting technology strategies.  Senior players at both companies explain  —  “The New York Times is now as much a technology company …
Linda Deutsch / Associated Press:
ESPN reporter's stalker gets 30 months in prison  —  LOS ANGELES — ESPN reporter Erin Andrews says her ordeal at the hands of a video stalker still haunts her every time she steps into a hotel room, wondering if someone is in the next room waiting to invade her privacy with a hidden camera.
Discussion: Gawker and
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Driveby culture and the endless search for wow  —  The net has spawned two new ways to create and consume culture.  —  The first is the wide-open door for amateurs to create.  This is blogging and online art, wikipedia and the maker movement.  These guys get a lot of press, and deservedly so, because they're changing everything.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Andrew Young Uses Rielle Hunter Moment To Make Edwards Story Creepier  —  Now that Rielle Hunter is talking (and crying) it's time for the other player in the John Edwards soap opera to come forward and make the media rounds as well.  —  Andrew Young was interviewed by HLN's Joy Behar …
Scott Shifrel / NY Daily News:
83-year-old man turns down no-jail plea in alleged Brooklyn assault of 99-year-old  —  An 83-year-old grump who faces seven years in prison for giving a 99-year-old an old-fashioned whipping turned down a no-jail plea deal Monday.  —  Gersh Gofman sniffed at a prosecutor's offer of probation …
Discussion: Gothamist
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Google sees mobile ad rates passing PC rates  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc said that it expects the rates that companies pay for search ads on mobile phones could surpass the rates of its existing PC-based ad business thanks to the growing popularity of powerful smartphones.
Discussion: Fast Company and IntoMobile
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Gannett to enact limited furloughs in second quarter  —  Gannett community papers division employees making more than $90,000 a year will be required to take at least one furlough week during the second quarter.  Employees making less will be exempt from furloughs, reports the Gannettoid blog.
Discussion: The Wire
Catharine P. Taylor / Media Analysis RSS:
How CBS Turns March Madness into Monetization Madness  —  Is it possible for TV companies to make money in online video?  Comedy Central obviously has its doubts, but CBS Sports is close to doing it - at least when it comes to its annual coverage of March Madness, aka the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Judge: PLO can't force Atlantic's Goldberg to testify  —  The Palestine Liberation Organization wanted Jeffrey Goldberg to testify about his interactions with a Jewish settler suing over an apparent terrorist attack in the West Bank in 2002.  He had interviewed the settler for a 2004 New Yorker piece and a subsequent book.
Derek Harrar / Comcast Voices:
Comcast to deliver The Masters Golf Tournament in 3D to TV and Internet  —  Moments ago, Augusta National Golf Club announced our partnership to deliver the Masters Tournament in next generation 3D to US homes.  For the first time ever, consumers with new 3D televisions and 3D-enabled PCs …
Crain's New York Business:
Grisham releases The Firm, 22 others as e-books  —  Best-selling author John Grisham is finally ready to go digital.  —  More than a year after reports emerged he would make his books available in electronic format, his publisher made it official Tuesday, announcing that all 23 of his works can be purchased as e-texts.
The Future of the Internet:
The Future of Zittrain Has Not Been Stopped  —  First things first: yes, I'm in the hospital, but I'm OK.  (I'm blogging, right?)  —  The details: I found myself in the hospital last Thursday thanks to unexplained fevers that spiked at night and were gone by day.
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
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Discussion: The Daily Fix
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Discussion: Mother Jones
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Peter Lattman / Deal Journal:
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Discussion: The Wire and Dealbreaker
Paige Albiniak / Broadcasting & Cable:
Syndication Keeping Tribune in the Game
Discussion: TVbytheNumbers and The Wire