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2:38 AM ET, March 20, 2010


 Top News: 
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: WebNewser, The Wire and FishBowlNY
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.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Amanpour's Note to CNN Colleagues: ‘So Why am I Leaving?  In My Heart I am Not’  —  CNN's Christiane Amanpour sent a note to her colleagues today telling them she is “stunned and humbled by all your words and thoughts and good wishes.”  Amanpour announced yesterday she would be leaving CNN for ABC News to moderate “This Week.”
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
Apple Swears iPad Partners to Secrecy  —  Developers must sequester the tablet computer in rooms with blacked-out windows, reflecting secrecy around a product that may mean billions of dollars in sales  —  Apple makes big demands of software developers who want an early crack at the iPad.
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, Mediaite, Gawker and The Wire
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.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
It's War!  Kate Taylor Quits The Journal to Join The Times  —  Arts reporter Kate Taylor quit The Wall Street Journal today and is joing The New York Times.  —  Ms. Taylor, a veteran of the Sun, joined The Wall Street Journal's New York section only six weeks ago.
Discussion: FishBowlNY and The Wire
Media & Culture:
The Pentagon's Stringers  —  Ex-CNN exec Eason Jordan and author Robert Pelton say their Afghan reporting project was hijacked by a rogue DoD official.  But had their unorthodox operation already crossed a line?  —  Post Comment  —  Need entrée to Afghan warlords and powerbrokers?
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.
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
Ana Marie Cox: Nick Denton a ‘Completely Unrepentant, Unethical Person’  —  Ana Marie Cox.  —  Ana Marie Cox's review in Bookforum of Emily Gould's new book, And the Heart Says ... Whatever, says a lot about Gould and what the former Wonkette editor thinks of her writing.
Discussion: and Gawker
Media Week:
Bebo digital director Dan'l Hewitt joins  —  LONDON - Vice Media, the youth-orientated media conglomerate, has appointed Dan'l Hewitt the director of digital at Bebo, as its new director of digital strategy.  —  Bebo'sa Dan Hewitt joins Vice's
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.
Newsdesk / Tower Ticker: takes off top editor  —  Scott Smith is out after a year at, the last seven months as its editor.  —  Playboy Enterprises, through a spokeswoman, cited “creative differences” and said Smith's responsibilities will be split by Sam Jemielity, the Web site's executive editor …
Discussion: Romenesko
David Folkenflik / NPR:
ABC News Under Fire For Payment To Murder Suspect  —  text sizeAAA  —  ABC News is facing sharp criticism over the disclosure that it paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Florida woman who now stands accused of killing her own infant daughter.  —  The $200,000 payment in August 2008 …
Discussion: TVNewser
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Stephen Lowman / Washington Post:
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Andy Van De Voorde / The Snitch:
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Mark Oppenheimer / New York Times:
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Robert Hernandez / Online Journalism Review:
For many, the local newspaper isn't dying - it's already dead
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Truth Or Fiction: Did 30 Rock Call Comcast A Porn Company?
Discussion: The Wire
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Journal Brings in Jay McInerney and Lettie Teague as Wine Columnists
Discussion: Eater National and Runnin' Scared
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Major BSkyB shake-up sees Stephen Nuttall depart
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
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Michael Corkery / Deal Journal:
A Guy Named Bob Wants to Buy Newsday
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Claudia Eller / Company Town:
Carl Icahn launches hostile takeover bid for Lions Gate [Updated]
Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
Authors Guild Offers eBook Royalty Advice for Random House & HarperCollins Authors
Michael Wolff / Newser:
Charge for News! Yes, Do It! C'mon! I Dare You.
Discussion: paidContent and CJR
Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
The REAL Reason NBC, FOX, And ABC Execs Want To Kill Hulu (CMCSA, GE, DIS, NWS)
Discussion: FierceOnlineVideo and NewTeeVee