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3:15 PM ET, March 18, 2010


 Top News: 
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
YouTube Defense: Viacom “Secretly Uploaded” Content, And They Tried To Buy Us  —  Earlier today, several previously sealed legal documents in the longstanding copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube by Viacom were made public.  In conjunction with the public release of those documents …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Viacom, YouTube Make Their Case: Read Their Secret Papers Here  —  And we're off.  Court filings in the YouTube-Viacom suit were just unsealed, and both sides are distributing them now.  —  This post will be a work in progress as I ingest the paperwork.  I'll link to places …
Discussion: Associated Press
Aaron / YouTube Blog:
Broadcast Yourself  —  Around the globe, YouTube has become a metaphor for the democratizing power of the Internet and information.  YouTube gives unknown performers, filmmakers, and artists new ways to promote their work to a global audience and rise to worldwide fame …
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.
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
Discussion: Gizmodo
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.
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 …
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Roger Ailes: I Feel Sorry for ‘Crazy’ Ex-'New York Times' Editor  —  Roger Ailes (left) and Howell Raines (right) have each run one of the most powerful institutions in American journalism.  But don't expect to see them comparing notes over a congenial lunch at the Four Seasons anytime soon.
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.
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 …
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 …
Is Hearst's online-only news experiment working in Seattle?  —  One year ago last night the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper presses rolled for the last time.  —  Derrek Horton delivers final edition copies of the P-I, March 17, 2009.  —  It's hard to say exactly what Seattle might …
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 …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Interview: CBS Thinks Will Turn A Profit This Year  —  After its 2007 acquisition, it doesn't seem like CBS (NYSE: CBS) has been able to get the most from its $280 million outlay.  There's been no TV scrobbling, no profit, the site's key execs have left and fitting …
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's New York metro area blogs program, The Local, which it began last year.
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 …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch's ‘last, best and final offer’ includes 6% wage cut  —  The Lee-owned paper's offer also calls for a week-long, unpaid furlough each of the first three years of the contract, according to the St. Louis Newspaper Guild.  Its members will consider the offer on March 27.
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Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
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Felix Salmon:
Advertising on the iPad  —  There was another panel today …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
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Discussion: New York Times and MarketingVOX
Eli Sanders / The Stranger:
The Great West Coast Newspaper War
Discussion: The Stranger … and Romenesko
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
ABC and Amanpour Close to Deal for ‘This Week’
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
AOL Sets Up $10 Million Venture Fund To Back Local Startups
Discussion: Guardian, MediaPost, DealBook and CNBC
Nadia Majid / VentureBeat:
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