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5:30 PM ET, March 20, 2010


 Top News: 
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Stat Rant: Does Facebook Trump Google For News & Can't We Measure Twitter Correctly?  —  Earlier this week, Hitwise put out stats suggesting that Facebook is beating Google and Twitter when it comes to driving traffic to news sites.  I dug a little deeper, and I beg to differ.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Facebook Visitors Come Back Again and Again
Felix Salmon:
Did Charlie Gasparino get Teri Buhl fired?  —  It's well known that Charlie Gasparino likes getting into mini-feuds with reporters who write about him, myself included.  It's part of what makes him Charlie, and he's welcome to call me a twerpy nutjob as much as he likes.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
An e-model for journalism in Seattle  —  After the 146-year-old Post-Intelligencer folded last year, 20 of 160 employees were retained to produce an online product.  —  From Seattle  —  When a bright young reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer named Monica Guzman mentioned a couple …
Discussion: The Daily Weekly
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
March Madness: Says It Served 3.4 Million Live Hours On Day One  —  Initial stats are in for NCAA March Madness on Demand and it looks like will be able to declare victory again (unlike fans of Georgetown or Vanderbilt).  Unlike NBC Universal (NYSE: GE) …
Discussion: Multichannel
Chris Pendleton / Bing Maps Blog:
Bing Maps for Broadcast is now Free!  —  A couple months ago we changed the Bing Maps Terms of Use in a post called Bing Maps Terms of Use Changes; Benefit Educators, Not-for-Profits and Developers.  Well, we've gone a done it again.  This time all you TV anchors are going to look so much hotter …
Rick Edmonds / The Biz Blog:
Circulation Losses May Seem to Stop as Calculations Change in the Future  —  A cynic might say that the newspaper industry has found an ingenious way to stop the discouraging news every six months of continuing deep circulation losses — change how total circulation is calculated.
Mac Slocum / O'Reilly Radar:
Trapping content on the iPad won't work, even if it's pretty  —  Wired is one of the few magazines I read cover to cover.  It consistently exposes me to new ideas and topics.  For that, I'm grateful (and a longtime subscriber).  —  But when it comes to the iPad, I really don't understand what the Wired crew is doing.
Discussion: and Business Week
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.
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.”
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
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
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
ABC News Under Fire For Payment To Murder Suspect
Discussion: TVNewser
Mark Oppenheimer / New York Times:
The Optimist's Blogger  —  In February 2001, a Brown University …
Robert Hernandez / Online Journalism Review:
For many, the local newspaper isn't dying - it's already dead
Brian Aguilar / Wall Street Journal:
A History of Wall Street Journal Hedcuts
Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
WSJ's New Union Contract: Wage Freeze to July 2011!