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10:40 PM ET, March 16, 2010


 Top News: 
Erickson joins the Best Political Team  —  Erick Erickson has joined CNN.  —  (CNN) - Prominent conservative commentator and editor Erick Erickson will join CNN as a political contributor, appearing primarily on CNN's new show John King, USA¸ the network announced Tuesday.
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
What was CNN thinking with latest hire?
Eve Conant / The Gaggle:
How Will Conservative Bloggers Attack the Mainstream Media Once …
Discussion: TVNewser
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter and News and Media Websites  —  A couple of weeks ago, I did a follow up post on my blog entry, “Facebook Largest News Reader?”.  The entry illustrated that Facebook users prefer Broadcast Media while Google News readers prefer Print Media.  Several readers requested that I add Twitter to the mix.
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Facebook Tops Google As Most Visited Site in the U.S.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Monica Guzman / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
New media ventures blossom in Seattle  —  News is ever-changing, and the business of covering it is growing — especially in Seattle.  —  On Thursday, marks a year as an online-only Web site.  It emerged as a successor after the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper ceased publication on March 17, 2009.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Deadline Panic at AOL Over Hipster Contributors  —  AOL hired an army of underemployed music lovers to interview bands at South by Southwest.  But the citizen journalists, paid $50 per story, are missing their deadlines, so AOL sent a panicked mass email (below).
Jason Fell / Folio:
Publishers Make, Save Money Through Partnerships  —  In tough times, some publishers lean on each other to get by.  —  The business of magazine publishing isn't what it was five years ago.  On the consumer side, publishers saw advertising pages slide 25.6 percent in 2009 …
Discussion: The Wire
Mike Taylor / FishBowlNY:
New York Observer to Relaunch ‘Media Mob’ Blog  —  The New York Observer will be relaunching its “Media Mob” blog tonight under the name “Media Mob With Koblin and Gillette,” FishbowlNY has learned.  —  As the name indicates, the new vertical will prominently feature print media reporter John Koblin …
Discussion: FishBowlDC
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
John Cook / Gawker:
Meet the Generation That Will Save and/or Destroy the New York Times  —  The only way the New York Times can escape the clutches of a Mexican billionaire is by successfully instituting a paywall.  Who has it chosen to manage this treacherous path?  The publisher's nephew.  He used to run a DJ school.
Discussion: The Wire
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Gannett says no furloughs in second quarter  — reports 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, but company spokeswoman Robin Pence says that's incorrect.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Times Online Blocks Media Monitor Meltwater  —  Public relations news monitor Meltwater, which is still refusing to pay UK newspapers for crawling their websites, has now been blocked from indexing Times Online, the most serious of Rupert Murdoch's UK newspapers.
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 …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Fox News To Conduct “Extended, Exclusive” Interview With Pres. Obama  —  While Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks “Deem and Pass,” President Barack Obama is going a different route - he's talking to Fox News.  —  In an “extended, exclusive” interview tomorrow he will sit down with Special Report anchor Bret Baier …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Audit Bureau Revises Guidelines For Broader Inclusion Of E-Reader Newspaper, Mag Editions  —  With pre-orders for the iPad off to a fast start in preparation for the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) product's release next month, the Audit Bureau of Circulations has modified its guidelines for counting sales …
Discussion: mediaelites, Online and Guardian
Peter Kirwan /
Ads nauseam: The battle to save UK privacy online  —  Two years ago, BT did something odd.  It ran a trial of behavioural advertising technology developed by a company called Phorm without seeking permission from 18,000 of its broadband customers.  —  BT's covert trial may yet land Ian Livingstone …
Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
Opening up YouTube to new display advertisers  —  One of our goals is to democratize access to display advertising and make it accessible and open — like search advertising — so new advertisers can participate easily.  We launched Display Ad Builder in 2008 to help businesses easily set up and run display ad campaigns.
Mike Fleming /
EPIX, CHARLES TARGET STEVE JOBS WITH ICON SERIES PILOT  —  EXCLUSIVE: EPIX and Media Rights Capital have made a team for iCON, a comedy series pilot that will be developed by Larry Charles, the Emmy-winning TV writer/producer, and the director of the Sacha Baron Cohen features Borat and Bruno.
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Josh Ozersky / Time:
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Tucker Echols / bizjournals:
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