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3:35 AM ET, March 6, 2011


 Top News: 
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
What the Egyptian Revolution Taught Al Jazeera About Digital  —  Much has been made of the role that social media played in the Egyptian revolution, including the way international news network Al Jazeera used social media in its reporting.  But the crisis also taught the organization a number …
Cathy Williams / KCET:
KCET Offers Morning International Newscasts  —  KCET OFFERS INTERNATIONAL NEWSCASTS EACH MORNING  —  BEGINNING ON MONDAY, MARCH 7  —  Los Angeles - March 4, 2011 - KCET expands its international news offerings with the addition of a daily one-hour block of morning newscasts beginning on Monday …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is The Internet Enabling Bad Content... Or Killing Bad Content?  —  One of the common refrains we hear from the modern Luddite is that one of the awful things about today's internet culture is that it's flooded with too much “crap.”  One of our regular critics in the comments insists …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Singel-Minded: Facebook Comments Are Another ‘Good News, Bad News’ Proposition  —  Facebook unleashed a new commenting system this week that promises to help online publications clean up their commenting cesspools, while simultaneously extending Facebook's tentacles further into the web outside its walls.
Andrei J. Jezierski / GigaOM:
Media Unbundling: How Will TV Get “Everywhere”?  —  Recently, Om Malik wrote about old media being “unbundled,” just like telecom was.  In telecom, once broadband came along, phone calls became just another application, no longer requiring a specially built, just-for-phone-calls network.
Murdoch Losing on Dow Jones Makes BSkyB More Costly: Real M&A  —  News Corp.'s shareholders have lost $25 billion since Rupert Murdoch offered 14.6 times Dow Jones & Co.'s profit to buy the Wall Street Journal.  Now, the billionaire is poised to spend as much as 17 times earnings for British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc.
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.
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.
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
David Eaves /
The Curious Case of Media Opposing Government Transparency  —  My gosh there is a lot going on.  Republicans - REPUBLICANS(!) who were in charge of America's prison system are warning Canada not to follow the Conservatives plan on prisons, the Prime Minister has renamed the government …
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.
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).
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 …
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