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12:20 PM ET, March 18, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
Ian Paul / PC World:
Google TV: Five Burning Questions  —  Google, Intel, and Sony are reportedly banding together to produce a Web content platform for your living room called Google TV.  The new platform would reportedly be available as a set-top box or as part of a Web-capable television.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
Pentagon Sees a Threat From Online Muckrakers  —  To the list of the enemies threatening the security of the United States, the Pentagon has added, a tiny online source of information and documents that governments and corporations around the world would prefer to keep secret.
Umair Haque:
Twitter, SXSW, and Building a 21st Century Business  —  So, how was your week?  Mine's been interesting.  In case you haven't heard, I interviewed Twitter CEO Evan Williams at the keynote at this year's South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference on Monday in Austin, Texas.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
How the Backchannel Has Changed the Game for Conference Panelists  —  The bar's been raised.  Use of the backchannel—years ago it was IRC, today it's Twitter—lets the audience compare notes and pool their dissatisfaction if the program misfires.  Here's what we did to avoid that at SXSW.
New York Times:
Amazon May Impede Access to Some Publishers' Books  — has threatened to stop directly selling the books of some publishers online unless they agree to a detailed list of concessions regarding the sale of electronic books, according to two industry executives with direct knowledge the discussions.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
AOL Sets Up $10 Million Venture Fund To Back Local Startups  —  AOL (NYSE: AOL)—which is doubling down on its own local efforts—is now setting up a $10 million venture capital fund to invest in the local space.  The company cites the “increasing number of startups” in the market as driving …
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
AOL Goes Local at South By Southwest
Discussion: paidContent
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Ailes to the DC Staff: No More Shooting Inside the Tent  —  Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes dropped in to the Washington Bureau this afternoon for an impromptu talk to the troops ahead of tonight's RTCA dinner.  —  Sources inside the packed newsroom tell TVNewser Ailes started …
Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: There's A Reason They Call It ‘Old Media’  —  Media industry ad revenue declined 12% year-over-year to $125.3 billion in 2009, according to a report issued by Kantar Media, the WPP-owned research firm formerly known as TNS.  —  The only major growth area: Online ad spending.
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Yes, It Was a Bad Year for Ad Spending, But It Got Less Worse in the Fourth Quarter
Felix Salmon:
Advertising on the iPad  —  There was another panel today on the iPad and the future of magazines, this one featuring my friends Rachel Sklar and Jacob Lewis.  Jacob was pretty downbeat about the ability of the iPad to rescue the economics of the magazine industry, for two reasons; one, I think, is much better than the other.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
An ‘unanswerable’ question: Can the iPad save magazines?
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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Reuters Begins Selling New Customized Financial Data, Graphics Service To Newspapers  —  As major newspaper publishers have seen profits return and ad declines slow a bit, Reuters (NYSE: TRI) is hoping that the time is right to sell a new product designed to enhance understaffed business sections.
Discussion: The Wire
Choire / The Awl:
A Conversation with Paul Ford, the Now-Former Web Editor of Harper's Magazine  —  Choire Sicha: Dear Paul Ford: Why did you quit Harper's this week?  —  Paul Ford: I am leaving to pursue other opportunities.  Not a euphemism!  I'm working primarily with Activate, which is the amazing …
Motoko Rich / Media Decoder:
Unexpectedly, Barnes & Noble Names a New Chief Executive  —  In a surprise move, Barnes & Noble named William Lynch, president of the company's Web division, as chief executive, replacing Steve Riggio, who will remain as vice chairman.  —  The appointment seems to indicate that the company …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Why Are Russians Spending Like Mad To Save Journalism?  —  Haven't they read the mess newspapers are in?  More money than sense?  —  Either way, at this rate, perhaps Russia's growing oligarch set could be a viable strategic alternative, for hard-pressed European papers, to the reality of industry change and economic malaise.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Behind the scenes of the Capital Business launch  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  The Washington Post announced Monday that it would launch Capital Business, a weekly business newspaper, next month.  The paper will initially be delivered on Mondays within the Post.  —  Dan Beyers was named editor of Capital Business.
Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Reality show contestants willing to kill in French experiment  —  American reality TV has left a trail of corpses, but we can still say this: No one appears to have been executed on any of the U.S. shows.  —  That's apparently not the case in France, where, according to a new French documentary series …
Juliana Rotich / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Crowdsourcing Crime Information In Kenya  — is is a website that allows anyone in Nairobi, Kenya, to submit reports about crime and corruption in the city.  ("Hatari" means “danger” in Swahili.)  It will provide the growing city and its inhabitants with a repository …
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Eli Sanders / The Stranger:
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Discussion: Romenesko
 Earlier Picks: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
From CNN's lower third: ‘Jewish lobby runs America’
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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Two Chicago media outlets to share ex-CNN reporter Quraishi
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Daily Mail: iPad, E-Readers Will Have ‘Absolutely No’ Impact This Year
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Online and Guardian
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Former Bookforum Editor Chris Lehmann Joins Yahoo News
Discussion: FishBowlNY
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