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2:55 PM ET, March 16, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
Audit Bureau of Circulations:
ABC Board Revises Definition of Magazine Digital Edition, Endorses Strategic Vision and New Publisher's Statement for U.S. Newspapers  —  The board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations modified its definition of a digital magazine in the U.S. and Canada to accommodate new reading devices such as the Apple iPad.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Video: Richard Rosenblatt, CEO Of Demand Media, On Bradford's Hiring And Much More  —  As luck would have it, I was on my way to meet with Demand Media CEO Richard Rosenblatt and key members of his team at the company's Austin offices when the rumors surfaced about Joanne Bradford leaving Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) for the start-up.
Discussion: MediaPost and eMedia Vitals
Jason Fell / Folio:
Trade Magazine Ad Pages Fell Nearly 30 Percent Last Year  —  B-to-b titles fared only slightly worse than consumer counterparts.  —  The advertising fallout that pummeled consumer magazines in 2009 also hammered b-to-b magazines.  Advertising pages for trade magazines declined 28.6 percent compared …
Discussion: The Wire and FishBowlNY
Josh Gerstein / Josh Gerstein's Blog:
Atlantic's Goldberg avoids testifying for PLO  —  The Palestinian Authority cannot force Atlantic magazine's Jeffrey Goldberg to testify in a terror-related lawsuit brought by a Jewish settler, a federal magistrate ruled Friday.  —  Magistrate Judge John Facciola granted Goldberg's motion …
Discussion: Gawker and
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:   Judge: PLO can't force Atlantic's Goldberg to testify
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 …
Discussion: Romenesko
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.
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 …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
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 and BrauBlog
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.
Discussion: Media Decoder
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
SEC Watch: AOL's Cahall Got Retention Bonus 10 Days Before Leaving; Armstrong Caps '09 At $25M  —  AOL (NYSE: AOL) has to prove its mettle this year in full public view, in more ways than one.  And 2010 may not be a great year for compensation increases for the top execs.
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.
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: 'Tis Pity We Called Her A Whore - And Other Ineffectual Digital Apologies  —  Having now written two books about my failures in work, life and love, I think I'm qualified to say that the only difference between a memoirist and a prostitute is timing.  —  A prostitute sells sex for money …
Josh Ozersky / Time:
Why Old-Fashioned Restaurant Critics Still Matter  —  When news broke last week that Raymond Sokolov, the longtime restaurant critic of the Wall Street Journal, was out after 25 years, the average foodie probably didn't look up from his plate.  Some middle-aged guy isn't writing reviews …
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Emory University Saves Rushdie's Digital Data  —  Among the archival material from Salman Rushdie currently on display at Emory University in Atlanta are inked book covers, handwritten journals and four Apple computers (one ruined by a spilled Coke).  The 18 gigabytes of data they contain seemed …
Discussion: Bookninja and Gizmodo
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Where Are Twitter's Ads?  You May Have to Wait a Month (Or More).  —  Twitter CEO Evan Williams did not announce the new ad platform the company is working on today.  —  So when will we see it?  Think mid-April.  —  One good bet is at Chirp, the company's developer conference four weeks from now.
Scott Collins / Show Tracker:
Charlie Sheen's legal problems may bring early end to ‘Two and a Half Men’ season  —  Charlie Sheen's legal and personal problems may end up shortening the season for “Two and a Half Men.”  —  Sheen, who pleaded not guilty in a Colorado court Monday on charges connected …
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Discussion: Romenesko and Talking Biz News
Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Euthanazing the paper? Not yet.
How Journalism is Getting Better
Discussion: Romenesko
David Kaplan / paidContent:
TheStreet Lost $45.5 Million In '09; But Ad Revs May Have Turned A Corner
Peter Lattman / Deal Journal:
Michael Lewis's ‘The Big Short’? Read the Harvard Thesis Instead!
Discussion: The Wire, NPR Blogs and Dealbreaker
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC Broadband Plan: Reactions Pour In
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Mike Reynolds / Multichannel:
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Readers Are Devouring Apple Book Apps
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
‘LOL Is This You?’ Twitter Getting Serious About Spam Issue
Paige Albiniak / Broadcasting & Cable:
Syndication Keeping Tribune in the Game
Discussion: TVbytheNumbers and The Wire
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
NYT reminds freelancers of its ethics policies
Discussion: Mediaite
Joe Grimm / Ask the Recruiter:
TIME magazine editor becomes freelancer, blogger
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Bruni and Sarkozy: How two tweets have made twits out of many British journalists
Discussion: Editors Weblog and Times of London