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4:50 AM 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 …
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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TVNewser:
If Amanpour Goes to ABC News, Will ‘This Week’ Leave Washington?
Discussion: Romenesko and WebNewser
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost and Local Onliner
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Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
AOL Goes Local at South By Southwest
Discussion: paidContent
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?
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechFlash
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: Media Analysis RSS
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.
Discussion: Newsonomics
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) …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
YouTube Is Huge: 24 Hours of Video Now Uploaded Every Minute  —  YouTube has just announced that it has surpassed yet another milestone, and this one's a doozy: 24 hours of video is now uploaded to the social video site every sixty seconds.  Every second you are browsing YouTube, a full 24 minutes of video is uploaded to the site.
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 Rumpus.net
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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Want to Read Good Journalism?  Try NewsTrust's New Personalized Filtering Tool  —  Fair, thorough, enterprising and in context - that's what we're looking for in the journalism we read, isn't it?  At a time when shallow ranting takes up so much space in public discourse …
Discussion: NewsTrust.net and NewsTrust
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter avoids jail after source reveals himself  —  A judge has admitted that he gave a psychiatric evaluation of serial-killing suspect Anthony Sowell to Plain Dealer reporter Gabriel Baird.  The judge who threatened to jail Baird started today's hearing by blasting …
Discussion: Metro and Reporters Committee News
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.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Blockbuster DVD chain warns it faces bankruptcy  —  Heavily indebted movie rental chain warns of danger of bankruptcy as it fights to keep up with interest payments and changing technology  —  After 15 years as a high street stalwart, the heavily indebted DVD rental chain Blockbuster …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Sequoia's Kvamme: Social Media Marketing Can Replace Advertising  —  Sequoia Capital partner Mark Kvamme, citing examples from campaigns run on Funny or Die and AdMob, told an audience of marketers at OMMA Global in San Francisco today, “If you can harness social media marketing, you don't have to pay for advertising any more.”
Juliana Rotich / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Crowdsourcing Crime Information In Kenya  —  Hatari.co.ke 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 …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
 
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