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3:40 PM ET, March 19, 2010


 Top News: 
Laura Oliver /
Interview magazine: ‘The iPad is the future and we embrace it openly’  —  For a device that's not even being sold yet - though we're told it is imminent in the US and UK - getting on the iPad has quickly jumped to the top of many news organisation's to do lists.
Discussion: GigaOM
Robert Andrews / paidContent: Takes Free Articles Away From Unregistered Users, Except Via Search  —  Now the Financial Times is getting really bullish about its web access model.  In another tweak, it's now ensuring that no free articles are on offer to non-registered users.  —  In 2007, the site introduced …
Discussion: The Wire
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
WSJ's New Union Contract: Wage Freeze to July 2011!  —  ​As the Wall Street Journal hurries to ready Project Amsterdam, Rupert Murdoch's bid to rock the New York Times dead with a big, splashy color metropolitan section before he kicks the bucket, staffers at the Journal are burning the midnight oil.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
@ CMS2010: A Dose Of Wolff: Rupe's Mad As Hell, Newspapers Are Over  —  Nothing like a good, hard dose of scathing reality to scare the hell out of a media audience.  Michael Wolff - the Vanity Fair columnist, Newser operator and Murdoch biographer - happily obliged at MediaGuardian's Changing Media Summit in London...
Discussion: and Guardian
Michael Wolff / Newser:
Charge for News! Yes, Do It! C'mon! I Dare You.
Discussion: CJR
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Bill O'Reilly's indie instincts  —  In a time of political turmoil, can the Fox News commentator be seen as a moderate?  —  Fox News' top-rated host Bill O'Reilly has helped to make the network a ratings leader.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)  —  Reporting from New York
Discussion: Romenesko, The Wire, Gawker and Mediaite
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
More News about Omidyar's Peer News  —  I'm at the NewsMorphosis Conference in Hawaii today locked in a day of debates about the state of news quality and how the hell we find a business model to keep paying for it.  It's a big issue locally- earlier this year three of Hawaii's five largest …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Amanpour: A surprise - and a risk  —  In choosing Christiane Amanpour to host “This Week,” ABC defied the Sunday show conventions that have resulted in a succession of hosts who were male political journalists steeped in Washington culture.  —  Passing over more traditional choices …
Michael Corkery / Deal Journal:
A Guy Named Bob Wants to Buy Newsday  —  Who wants to buy Long Island's largest newspaper, Newsday?  —  Is it The New York Times' Arthur Sulzberger Jr.?  How about News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch?  —  No, it is Robert “Bob” Toussie, a real estate developer and investor.
Discussion: FishBowlNY and Romenesko
Claudia Eller / Company Town:
Carl Icahn launches hostile takeover bid for Lions Gate [Updated]  —  One week after Lions Gate Entertainment rejected his bid to raise his stake in the studio, investor Carl Icahn is launching a hostile takeover bid for the entire company.  [For the record, updated 9:41 a.m. …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube and Viacom Find Lots of Emails, but No Smoking Gun  —  The YouTube-Viacom documents released today are chock full of interesting morsels.  Feel free to ignore most of them.  —  Because if you're trying to handicap the way the copyright lawsuit pans out, today's document dump won't do much to help you.
Brian Aguilar / Wall Street Journal:
A History of Wall Street Journal Hedcuts  —  When job-seeking illustrator Laura Levy first met the team of Wall Street Journal hedcut artists in the early 1980s, she was struck by their peculiar task.  —  “I saw what these people were doing and I thought, 'they're insane,'” says Levy.
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
The REAL Reason NBC, FOX, And ABC Execs Want To Kill Hulu (CMCSA, GE, DIS, NWS)  —  Hulu's sales team is “actively subverting” the ad sales of its parent companies that are also trying to sell ads for their shows on Hulu, according to a source at one of the parent companies.
Discussion: FierceOnlineVideo and NewTeeVee
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Interview: Nicolas Kayser-Bril, head of datajournalism at  —  Past OJB contributor Nicolas Kayser-Bril is now in charge of datajournalism at, a recently launched news site that defines itself as an “open think-tank”.  —  “Acting as curators, selecting and presenting content taken deep …
Michael Mace / Insight+:
The future of publishing: Why ebooks failed in 2000, and what it means for 2010  —  This post is adapted from a speech I gave at the O'Reilly Tools of Change publishing industry conference in February.  —  It's a great time for ebooks.  There are at least six ebook reader devices on the market or in preparation.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Major BSkyB shake-up sees Stephen Nuttall depart  —  Commercial director leaves Sky as company prepares for launch of crucial TV, web and mobile products  —  BSkyB is undertaking a major operational restructure that will see the departure of commercial director Stephen Nuttall …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Fiori on firing line  —  HEARST Magazines President Cathie Black is said to have quietly begun a search to replace Pamela Fiori, the longtime editor-in-chief of Town & Country.  —  Like all magazines tied to the luxury market, Town & Country has been reeling, and Black, like all publishing executives, is under pressure to cut losses.
Discussion: The Wire
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Visitors Come Back Again and Again
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and NewsLab
Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
Authors Guild Offers eBook Royalty Advice for Random House & HarperCollins Authors
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Tim Elfrink / Riptide 2.0:
Video: Gerald Posner Apologizes for Ripping Off Parts of Miami Babylon …
Discussion: Gawker and Boston Globe
Stephen Brook / Guardian:
Telegraph Media Group makes strong return to black with £53m profit
Discussion: Press Gazette
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
‘Advertisers should fear Twitter and Facebook more than regulators’
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
NYTimes to launch personal finance effort
Discussion: Business Wire and Bucks
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
@ CMS2010: Jimmy Wales: Papers Should Ditch Columnists, Google Is Naive
Discussion: Guardian and Newsonomics
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Kaltura Launches, Publishes HTML5 Media Library
Discussion: Beet.TV and Market Wire
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
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Patrick Smith / psmith, journalist:
Is News Over?  City University journalism chief George Brock …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: Madison Avenue Finds Old and New Media Can Coexist
Alex Weprin / Broadcasting & Cable:
CNN's ‘John King, USA’ Getting An Online Tryout
Discussion: New York Observer
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Don't Let Your Website Ruin Your Magazine's Tablet Edition
Discussion: Online and CJR