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8:40 AM ET, March 22, 2010


 Top News: 
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Effort at Wall Street Journal to Attract More New Yorkers  —  Maybe newspapers really are dying, as some media analysts have been predicting for decades, but apparently that does not apply to newspaper wars.  A doozy is shaping up at the moment between The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Paywall On-Ramps Get A Workaround  —  Remember  The site was started in 2003 to let users, peeved by a growing crop of news site registration walls, borrow someone else's login.  —  Seven years on - for registration wall workaround, read pay wall hack.
Hollywood Reporter:
Conan-Fox talks resume amid ‘Idol’ offer  —  THR EXCLUSIVE  —  After a two-week stall, Fox and Conan O'Brien have resumed talks about a potential late-night talk show fronted by the former “Tonight Show” host.  —  But a wrinkle in the courtship has emerged that involves the biggest show on television …
Discussion: E! Online and New York Magazine
Mathew /
Anonymous Comments: Are They Good or Evil?  —  Updated: I enjoy a good debate about media-related topics pretty much any time, even when I'm supposed to be on vacation with the family in Florida.  Today, in between playing shuffleboard and bocce and taking the kids to the swimming pool …
Ravi Somaiya / Gawker:
How Blogs Are Becoming More Like Newspapers  —  The LA Times today examines how the Seattle Post-Intelligencer segued from print to exclusively online journalism.  But blogging — how and why we cover the stories we cover — is going the other way and coming to resemble... newspapers.
Discussion: AdPulp
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:   An e-model for journalism in Seattle
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
Fox News: We're an Upscale Buy on Par With Mainstream Nets  —  Cable Channel Broadens Competitive Set Beyond Historical Archrival CNN  —  LOS ANGELES ( — For years, Fox News' pitch to advertisers and the press was that it was bigger and better than any other cable- news network.
Nellie Andreeva / Hollywood Reporter:
Rosie O'Donnell plots daytime return  —  Teams with Dick Robertson, Scott Carlin for new talk show  —  Rosie O'Donnell is plotting a return to daytime.  —  O'Donnell, who hosted the syndicated “The Rosie O'Donnell Show” and did a stint on ABC's “The View,” has teamed with syndication …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Jimmy Wales Wants Me Dead (The Neutrality Of This Article Is Disputed)  —  Some weeks, writing this column is easy.  All it takes is for an influential person - a politician, a business person, perhaps even a fellow columnist - to say something dumb and I get to spend a thousand words or so explaining precisely why they're wrong.
Discussion: paidContent
New York Times:
Chinese Official's Threat to Reporter Ignites Furor  —  BEIJING — In another era, the brusque response of Li Hongzhong, the governor of Hubei Province, to a reporter's question about a scandal on his home turf might have been the end of it.  —  Infuriated that the reporter would even ask about the case …
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