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6:15 PM ET, March 17, 2010


 Top News: 
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.
Nadia Majid / VentureBeat:
Hitwise: People get their news from Facebook and Google — not Twitter  —  The value of Twitter when it comes to breaking news and eyewitness reports has been discussed as length (evidenced by CNN's race to get the most followers, and the buzz surrounding the site's role in the Iran protests last year) …
Discussion: GigaOM
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Google and Partners Seek a Television Foothold  —  Google and Intel have teamed with Sony to develop a platform called Google TV to bring the Web into the living room through a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes.  —  The move is an effort by Google and Intel to extend their dominance …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
ABC and Amanpour Close to Deal for ‘This Week’  —  ABC News is close to concluding a deal to install the longtime CNN foreign correspondent Christiane Amanpour as the new host of its Sunday political discussion show “This Week.”  —  The network's interest in Ms. Amanpour …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
If Amanpour Goes to ABC News, Will ‘This Week’ Leave Washington?
Discussion: B&C and WebNewser
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Fox discusses deal with Conan O'Brien  —  The network may have a viable plan to bring the comedian back to late night, sources say.  —  Fox Broadcasting is inching closer to bringing Conan O'Brien back to late night.  —  Key Fox executives, including Rupert Murdoch, are on board with the plan …
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
AOL Goes Local at South By Southwest  —  t's been almost a year since Tim Armstrong became CEO of AOL, and now he's at South By Southwest to show his commitment to making AOL a destination for original content.  AOL is hiring writers to cover nearly all of the 1,800 bands performing here at the festival …
Discussion: paidContent
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:   AOL Sets Up $10 Million Venture Fund To Back Local Startups
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Yes, It Was a Bad Year for Ad Spending, But It Got Less Worse in the Fourth Quarter  —  Last year was, as expected, a terrible year for advertising spending in this country, according to a leading research company.  But the year ended better than it began — still down …
Eli Sanders / The Stranger:
The Great West Coast Newspaper War  —  San Francisco in 2010 is a strange place for an old-school newspaper war.  This is the city where the dot-com industry started, where Yelp is the way to make dinner plans, where Digg is headquartered, where Apple just unveiled its new tablet computer …
Discussion: Romenesko and The
Jack Shafer / Slate:
What's Wrong With the Post Op-Ed Page?  —  Washington Post domestic-policy blogger Ezra Klein encroached on my beat yesterday with an item griping about the surplus of op-eds by politicians on the Post's op-ed page.  Such pieces “waste so much real estate publishing talking points,” …
Stephanie Clifford / Media Decoder:
Patrick McCarthy to Leave Condé Nast  —  Patrick McCarthy, the chairman and editorial director of Condé Nast's Fairchild Fashion Group and de facto editor of the fashion magazine W, will be leaving the company at the end of the year.  —  The news was announced in a press release …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
An ‘unanswerable’ question: Can the iPad save magazines?  —  Even though one of the panel titles at the South by Southwest conference asked, “Could the iPad have saved Gourmet?” it wasn't until the sessions' closing minutes that someone finally mentioned the now-defunct magazine.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and Online
Marie Bénilde / New York Times:
The End of Newspapers?  —  Journalists are now in the same situation as steel workers in the 1970s: They are destined to disappear, but they don't know it.  —  That was the assessment of a banker from BNP-Paribas at the French national press federation's conference in Strasbourg in 2006.
Nielsen Wire:
Facebook, Google and Yahoo! are Top Sites While Watching Big TV Events  —  Americans are getting into the habit of going online while watching television, with 10% or more of viewers visiting social networks, searching the web and browsing content during major TV events.
Discussion: MediaMemo, Fast Company, MediaPost and B&C
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Former Bookforum Editor Chris Lehmann Joins Yahoo News  —  In mid-January, Yahoo News blogging editor Andrew Golis posted a notice on his personal Web site, announcing that he was looking to hire a deputy editor and five bloggers.  “As many of you know, I was recently hired by Yahoo News …
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Times' National Desk in ‘Head-Snapping’ Revamp  —  In recent weeks, The New York Times' national desk has undergone quite a face-lift.  There's a new editor, Rick Berke.  There is a new deputy editor in Adam Bryant.  And there will be a new Los Angeles bureau chief in Adam Nagourney.
Discussion: Mediaite
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Local TV news doesn't share the public interest  —  A study says L.A. news broadcasts devote only 22 seconds per 30 minutes to local government coverage.  Is it likely to get better?  —  The Federal Communications Commission says that, in exchange for the right to use the airwaves we all own …
HarperCollins Rethinking Bloggy Book Label  —  The founding publisher of HarperStudio has departed, and parent company HarperCollins is expected to consider what to do next with the imprint, originally launched to experiment with new business models for publishing.  Woe unto the aspiring blogger-author?
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
NBC, Dr Pepper Manage to Blur Commerce, Content Even More  —  ‘30 Rock’ Commercial Points to New Direction in TV Advertising  —  NEW YORK ( — The day when commercials are indistinguishable from the programs they support finally arrived — just before 10 p.m. Eastern last Thursday night.
Discussion: Gawker and Advertising
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
From CNN's lower third: ‘Jewish lobby runs America’  —  CNN's practice of running viewers' Twitter feeds at the bottom of its screen put some jarringly raw anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiment on cable during an interview with Wolf Blitzer, a reader pointed out to me today, and the segment above illustrates.
Discussion: Gawker and Mediaite
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Two Chicago media outlets to share ex-CNN reporter Quraishi  —  Ash-har Quraishi, a former CNN correspondent who was most recently chief investigative reporter for KCTV-TV in Kansas City, becomes a multimedia correspondent and content producer who will alternate working for public TV station WTTW and Chicago News Cooperative each week.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Discussion: and Guardian
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Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Discussion: Online NewsHour
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