Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Hunt approves Murdoch plan for Sky — Sky News to be spun off into new company to pave way for News Corp takeover of BSkyB — The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has approved News Corporation's plan to spin off Sky News, clearing the way for its proposed £8bn purchase of the 61% of BSkyB it does not already own.
Discussion: The Wrap, Department for Culture Media …, FishbowlNY, Company Town, Jon Slattery and Press Gazette
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: News Corp.'s Plan to Spin Off Sky News Approved
Jon Slattery: Sky News to be ‘spun off’ as Jeremy Hunt gives green light to News Corporation BSkyB deal
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette: Jeremy Hunt gives News Corp-BSkyB buyout the green light
Rupert Murdoch to sell Sky News for takeover approval — Mr Murdoch hopes that his offer to sell Sky News will be enough to get the nod from Mr Hunt — Rupert Murdoch has agreed to sell off the loss-making Sky News. — The move is likely to be enough to win government approval …
Discussion: New York Times, The Wire, Telegraph, Guardian, Adweek, Media Week and TVNewser
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire: Rupert Murdoch Close To Landing $14 Billion Buyout Of BSkyB After Agreeing To Sell Sky News
Amanda Andrews / Telegraph: Rupert Murdoch to fund hived-off Sky News in bid remedy
Facebook Pushes Comments Upgrade, But Will Publishers Bite? — Bit by bit, feature by feature, Facebook is making inroads into sites that live outside of Facebook.com. Major publishers now sprinkle their sites with Facebook plug-ins, from fan page widgets to friend recommendations to the ubiquitous “Like” thumbs-up.
Discussion: TechCrunch, eMedia Vitals, Poynter, Cision Blog, Scobleizer and Quora
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: The Pros And Cons Of Facebook Comments
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Comments plug-in might be more beneficial to Facebook than to publishers, but...
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: I really like Techcrunch's new “Facebook comments”
Quora: Is TechCrunch's decision to use Facebook comments, in part, a reaction to Quora (product)'s use of real identities?
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Facebook comments: Friend or foe for pubs? — In its highly successful effort to insinuate itself into every aspect of our lives, Facebook now is offering publishers the opportunity to outsource comments on their websites to the social networking juggernaut.
Discussion: MarketingVOX and GigaOM
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM: Facebook Continues Its Drive to Own the Conversation
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times vs. Bloomberg News: It's War! — The stated goal of Bloomberg News is to be “the world's most influential news organization.” That's unsettling to The New York Times, which currently holds that distinction, or at least likes to think of itself that way.
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Poynter, On Media's Blog, The Wire and New York Observer
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Two Editors Leave The New York Times for Bloomberg View
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Report: Two more NYT staffers jump to Bloomberg View
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: More NYT staffers jump to Bloomberg View
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Newsweek's 'not your Grandpa Jon's magazine anymore' — Tina Brown has been shopping her redesigned Newsweek prototype to advertisers for weeks. But on Wednesday, the rank-and-file workers at Brown's recently integrated Newsweek-Daily Beast operation finally got a peek.
Discussion: mediabistro.com and FishbowlNY
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: Tina Brown Shows Off the New Newsweek
Mandy / Zombie Journalism:
Four key things TBD did right — There's been all kinds of stories, analyses and blog posts written by journalism thinkers about “why TBD failed” or “things that went wrong at TBD”. While these have made some valuable notes for those who want to launch or work for startups in the future …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Rob O'Regan / eMedia Vitals: Four things TBD did right
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
DirecTV poised to launch premium video-on-demand as theater executives voice outrage [Updated] — DirecTV is in advanced talks to be Hollywood's first partner for early video-on-demand, a plan that is putting it in the cross hairs of the nation's top theater chains.
Discussion: TVWeek.com and paidContent
Chuck Ross / TVWeek.com: DirecTV Moving Ahead With Early VOD Movie Release Plan—Despite Resistance From Theater Owners
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent: Why Studios Should Spark A Premium VOD War
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
March Madness Comes to the iPad, for Free — Big sports events generally shy away from the Web, because they're still worried-with good reason-about trading analog dollars for digital dimes. — One exception to the rule has been the annual March Madness NCAA college basketball tournament …
Discussion: GigaOM, NetNewsCheck Latest and Multichannel, more at Techmeme »
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM: March Madness on Demand Remains Free, Adds iPad App
R. Thomas Umstead / Multichannel: March Madness Coverage Available On iPad
David Pogue / New York Times:
Memo From Comcast: Embrace the Web in All Forms — Destroy this top-secret strategy document after reading. It could be devastating to our business interests if it fell into the wrong hands — like The New York Times or something. — Fellow Comcastians, this is a difficult time for the cable TV business.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Did It Take So Long for Newspapers to Copy Groupon? — Word leaked out today about a new service the New York Times is planning to launch soon called TimesLimited, which is expected to provide readers with special offers on travel and other lifestyle items via email.
Discussion: New York Observer, paidContent, NetNewsCheck Latest, Fast Company, MediaMemo, Marketing Pilgrim, digiday:DAILY and Future of Journalism, Thanks:jeremiahkastner
David Zax / Fast Company: The Grey Lady Builds the Brand
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: New York Times Launching Gilt/Groupon Clone This Month
Frank Reed / Marketing Pilgrim: NY Times Starting Its Own ‘Daily Deal’ Deal
Brian Morrissey / digiday:DAILY: NYT Preps Groupon Clone
Steffen Konrath / Future of Journalism: New York Times now with group buying and daily deals - TimesLimited
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
How Charlie Sheen Got His Twitter Account Verified So Fast — Ad.ly Helped Take Handle From Squatter — Only 24 hours after Charlie Sheen got started on Twitter with @CharlieSheen, he had amassed more than 900,000 followers, easily one of the fastest follower roll-ups the service has seen.
Discussion: Mashable!, de.tech.ting, Hollywood Reporter, The First Post, AOL News, Mediaite, The 6th Floor, the Econsultancy blog, The Daily Caller, Fortune, PopWatch, Local Media Watch, Geekosystem, digiday:DAILY, The Wrap, TechCrunch, The Big Picture, Best of the Wire, Gawker and Digital Trends, more at Techmeme »
Todd Wasserman / Mashable!: Charlie Sheen Sets New Guinness World Record for Twitter
Andrea Spiegel / de.tech.ting: The Real Story Behind Charlie Sheen Joining Twitter
Jonathan Harwood / The First Post: Is Charlie Sheen's Twitter debut an advertising ploy?
Torie Bosch / AOL News: Charlie Sheen Twitter Account Sets Guinness Record, but Is He Doing the Tweeting?
Mark Joyella / Mediaite: Charlie Sheen Frenzy Exposes Farce Of Journalistic ‘Rules’ On Covering Suicide, Mental Illness
Adam Sternbergh / The 6th Floor: (More) On Charlie Sheen
Patricio Robles / the Econsultancy blog: Charlie Sheen, Twitter and the truth about social media
JP Mangalindan / Fortune: Today in Tech: what's new in iOS 4.3, LivingSocial's Fandango deal
Darren Franich / PopWatch: Charlie Sheen on Twitter: Why I can't stop reading
Andrew Shotland / Local Media Watch: Does Your Twitter Strategy Need Some #TigerBlood?
Robert Quigley / Geekosystem: Charlie Sheen Sets Guinness World Record for Hitting 1 Million Twitter Followers
Brian Morrissey / digiday:DAILY: How Charlie Sheen Found Twitter
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap: Hot Dog! Charlie Sheen's Busy Day of Random Twitter Weirdness
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: @CharlieSheen's Road To A Million Twitter Followers
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker: Can We Talk About How Creepy the Charlie Sheen Hype Is?
Andrew Couts / Digital Trends: Charlie Sheen trainwreck takes to Twitter
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Instapaper's Arment: Seek Money From Customers, Not VCs — Marco Arment, the former chief technology officer of the Tumblr blog platform, is best known these days for his time-shifting reading app Instapaper. But he could start a side-job as a financial advisor to start-ups.
Discussion: New York Observer and Bloggasm
Ben Popper / New York Observer: Marco Arment Prefers Customers To VCs
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
HBO Doubles Down On TV Everywhere — HBO has been one of the biggest proponents of TV Everywhere, eschewing online distributors like Netflix and instead committing to authenticated digital offerings from cable and IPTV providers. But Netflix's loss will be Comcast, Verizon and AT&T's gain …
Discussion: CNET News and TheFutonCritic.com
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
Al Jazeera in Talks With Comcast, Time Warner — Al Jazeera English may be coming to American television screens. The Qatar-based network is currently in talks with cable giants Comcast and Time Warner, creating a groundswell of enthusiasm among American news junkies and a collective groan from right-leaning conservative activists.
Gus Lubin / The Wire:
Hillary Clinton Says Al Jazeera Is Putting American Media To Shame
Hillary Clinton Says Al Jazeera Is Putting American Media To Shame
Discussion: MarketWatch, Mediaite, Bloomberg, MediaPost and C-SPAN Video Library
David B. Wilkerson / MarketWatch: Al Jazeera English makes case to Comcast
Colby Hall / Mediaite: Hillary Clinton: ‘America Is Losing’ An Information War That ‘Al Jazeera Is Winning’
Nicole Gaouette / Bloomberg: Clinton, Senators Stress Mideast Energy, U.S. Strategic Stakes