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2:55 PM ET, March 4, 2011


 Top News: 
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL Buys Outside.In, Less Than $10 Million  —  AOL will announce today that it has acquired “hyper-local” blog aggregator startup Outside.In, an industry source tells us.  —  We don't know if AOL will announce how much it is paying for the company — probably not — but we're told that it is less than $10 million.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Arianna Huffington: We Won't “Mess with” TechCrunch or Engadget: Tim Armstrong Has Big Plans for Video  —  As the Huffington Post merges with AOL, the company will leave its successful brands to operate as independent entities.  Arianna Huffington, who will be editorial chief of the new company …
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
How AOL's Patch Can Win And Prove Us Wrong When We Say It's A Horrible, Doomed Idea  —  AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's whole turnaround plan is to take cash flow from the company's dying subscriber business, and make big bets on content businesses.  —  As a framework, this is a good plan.
Discussion: CNET News, Poynter and SAI
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
CEO Tim Armstrong, Arianna Huffington Reveal AOL's Ambitious Hollywood Strategy
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
CBSi Buys Clicker; Lanzone Replaces Ashe As New 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.
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:
Baseless speculation! Frank Rich and the price of paywalls for writers
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
No More Digital Discount: Conde Nast Raises Prices For Two iPad Magazines  —  iPad magazines haven't been huge hits.  At least in part because readers say they're too expensive.  —  So this one's a bit of a head-scratcher: Conde Nast is going to raise the prices of two of its tablet titles.
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Web Video Rivalry Sparks U.S. Probe  —  The Justice Department is investigating whether a group representing some top technology firms is unfairly trying to smother a free rival technology for delivering online video that is backed by Google Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
James Wolcott / Vanity Fair:
It's Morgan In America  —  Where did Piers Morgan come from?  And is there any way to send him back?  Reviewing the debut “gets”—Oprah!  Rudy!  Condoleezza!—of Larry King's blustery British heir, the author examines the failures behind Morgan's success.  —  If you're going to go in, go in big.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Current TV Building New York Studio For Keith Olbermann Show  —  As it readies for the debut of the Keith Olbermann show, Current TV is building a studio in Manhattan, says co-founder Joel Hyatt in this interview with Beet.TV.  —  Hyatt says that the studio will have additional uses beyond …
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Why “Bloggers vs. Journalists” is Still With Us  —  A pre-conference post.  Ideas in motion.  These are notes in preparation for my talk at South by Southwest in Austin next week.  You can help me make it better!  —  I am going to be doing a solo presentation at South by Southwest in Austin this year.
Discussion: Poynter
Lore Sjöberg / Underwire:
Alt Text: Going Undercover at an Unregulated Content Farm  —  Google has declared war on content farms.  Controversy rages over what's best for Google, for business, for the honest, hard-working porn-seeker.  But who's worrying about what's best for the content?
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.
Discussion: Poynter and Editors Weblog
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
TBD has made mistakes, but we understand our community(ies)  —  It is against my nature to hold my tongue.  Or my keyboard.  —  I have refrained from saying much publicly about the recent cutbacks at TBD because ... well, because.  The reasons are complicated and I still work here.
Discussion: AAN
Bill Reader / E.W. Scripps School of Journalism:
TBD is CTD: The fast rise and fall of a CJ startup
Discussion: The Buttry Diary and Poynter
David Kaplan / paidContent:
@ pC2011: Denton: The Internet Is A Mass Medium, Not A Niche One  —  In a very amiable dialogue about the nature of “internet success,” Gawker founderNick Denton told Reuters' finance blogger Felix Salmon that revenues were expected to be flat this year.  Though Salmon floated a number ("It's about $2 million a month, right?")
Murdoch's News Corp. May Have to Pay $17.4 Billion for Its BSkyB Purchase  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (NWSA) may have to raise its bid for British Sky Broadcasting Plc to as much as 10.7 billion pounds ($17.4 billion) to win over the pay- television operator's shareholders.
Discussion: Guardian, Guardian and Company Town
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Downloads for The Daily are in ‘hundreds of thousands’
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Felix Gillette / Business Week:
Ben Silverman, Advertainer  —  The TV dealmaker is selling a new entertainment vision in which advertising and content are inextricably mixed.  Is anyone buying it?  —  On his recent honeymoon in India, Ben Silverman sold an idea to his wife.  Any tourist could go sightseeing …
Discussion: Company Town
Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
TED 2011: Junk Food Algorithms and the World They Feed Us  —  LONG BEACH, Calif. — With the birth of the internet came the promise — or so the myth goes — of broadened horizons and fantastic new ways to connect people and viewpoints in ways we could not have imagined.
Robinsloan / Twitter Media:
Live-tweeting with @NoReservations  —  On Monday night, the Travel Channel demonstrated an on-air Twitter integration that was simple but powerful—a new template for any TV show.  Here's how it worked.  —  Seven times during the season premiere of No Reservations, the Travel Channel told …
Discussion: parislemon
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Discussion: Poynter and WebNewser
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
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