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5:45 AM ET, March 5, 2011


 Top News: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Hyperlocal Heartbreak: Why Haven't Neighborhood News Technologies Worked Out?  —  Neighborhood news aggregator has been acquired by AOL, according to multiple reports this morning.  Apparently it's being bought for less than the big pile of money that high-profile investors put into it, back when hopes were high.
Discussion: Lost Remote and Local Media Watch
Chris Ariens / FishbowlNY:'s Josephson ‘Thrilled’ to Join AOL; Patch Produces a Piece of Content Every 15 Seconds  —  Fresh off the news this morning that AOL had acquired hyperlocal aggregator for $10 million, representatives from both companies appeared this morning on a panel …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
David Kaplan / paidContent:
CBSi Buys Clicker; Lanzone Replaces Ashe As President  —  CBS Interactive (NYSE: CBS) is acquiring Clicker, the self-styled “TV Guide” for online video, and is installing Jim Lanzone, Clicker's co-founder and CEO as its new president, succeeding Neil Ashe.  As CEO of CNET Networks …
PR Newswire:
Jim Lanzone Named President of CBS Interactive … CBS Interactive to Acquire  —  Jim Lanzone, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Clicker Media Inc., has been named President of CBS Interactive, it was announced today by Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Newspapers Need to Be Of the Web, Not Just On the Web  —  The secret to online success for newspapers doesn't depend on the choice of technology, or decisions about content, or even specific kinds of knowledge about the web, says Emily Bell — the director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism …
Dana Lacey / J-Source:   How the Guardian went digital — and survived
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
New York Times online pay model details coming in ‘matter of weeks’  —  If you were the executive editor of one of the world's most prestigious and widely read newspapers, how would you justify billing a reader for a print version that he's no longer reading?
MediaPost:   NYT: All The News That's Fit To Mint
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Mother Jones web traffic up 400+ percent, partly thanks to explainers  —  February was a record-breaking traffic month for Mother Jones.  Three million unique users visited the site — a 420 percent increase from February 2010's numbers.  And posted 6.6 million pageviews overall — a 275 percent increase.
Piers Morgan:
More than just winning: Why Charlie Sheen is news, like it or not  —  In the tiger blood-fueled media blitz of the last week, which has seen Charlie Sheen show up everywhere from TMZ to Howard Stern, from sports radio to network news, in only one appearance did he directly admit to violence against a woman (video above).
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Top Programming Exec Mitch Metcalf Leaving NBC  —  Mitch Metcalf, NBC's top programming executive, is leaving the network.  —  The decision is mutual, a network insider tells TheWrap.  It comes as new NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt looks to assemble his own team and reinvigorate the network.
From alpha users to a man in Angola: Adventures in crowdsourcing and journalism  —  Yesterday's Media Standards Trust data and news sourcing event presented a difficult decision early on: Whether to attend “Crowdsourcing and other innovations in news sourcing” or “Open government data, data mining, and the semantic web”.
Discussion: Media Standards Trust
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Credit Score What's with the New York Times Magazine adding editor credits to the end of features?  —  The March 6 issue of the redesigned New York Times Magazine will contain—among many other changes—this new wrinkle: credits at the end of features that name the piece's editor.
Fast Company:
Hey Jimmy Wales, What Do You Think of Content Farms?  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and editor Leander Kahney discuss Google, content farms, and Demand Media (plus a personal account of how the tweaked algorithm almost ruined Kahney's business) in our latest edition of The Cold Call.
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