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1:50 PM ET, March 18, 2010

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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 …
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Ian Paul / PC World:
Google TV: Five Burning Questions
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 WikiLeaks.org, a tiny online source of information and documents that governments and corporations around the world would prefer to keep secret.
New York Times:
Amazon May Impede Access to Some Publishers' Books  —  Amazon.com 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.
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.
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Devin Leonard / New York Times:
The Beat Goes Online, Minus the Glitz  —  IN the magazine world, there has traditionally been no more glamorous place to work than Condé Nast.  Brandon Holley can attest to that.  —  When she was the editor in chief of Jane, Condé Nast's monthly for young single women …
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
Hyperlocal Newswire Fwix To Provide Content To NYTCo Properties  —  The NYTCo's local content efforts are getting a quick boost from hyperlocal newswire Fwix.  In a sense, the deal with Fwix can buttress the NYTimes.com's New York metro area blogs program, The Local, which it began last year.
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 …
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.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
An ‘unanswerable’ question: Can the iPad save magazines?
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 …
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.
Discussion: Cloud Four
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
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
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 …
Allan Hoffman / New Jersey Online:
Journalism's new story  —  Here's something a newspaper guy, even one who writes about technology and the web, doesn't like to hear: “The old model of news is dead: newspapers are dying, journalists laid off and everything is moving online.”  —  That's the view of a not-yet-launched startup …
Billboard.Biz:
UMG To Unveil New U.S. Pricing Structure For CDs  —  The Universal Music Group will rewrite U.S. music pricing following the debut of its new frontline pricing structure, which is designed to get single CDs in stores at $10, or below.  —  The company is about to unveil its Velocity program …
Discussion: MediaMemo and Gizmodo
Jim Rosenberg / Editor and Publisher:
ING Resumes Annual Conference — at Graph Expo in Chicago  —  NEW YORK The International Newspaper Group announced it will convene its conference this year in Chicago in conjunction with Graph Expo 2010.  —  Co-located with Graph Expo in McCormick Place, the conference begins Saturday …
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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