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3:00 PM ET, March 6, 2011


 Top News: 
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
Business News You Didn't Read Here  —  THE universe covered by The New York Times is vast, spiraling to the ends of the known worlds of politics, business, culture, sports, science, entertainment and more.  —  Yet at the very center of it all lies a tiny black hole: the largely uncovered subject …
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.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Redesigned Newsweek on stands Monday  —  Tina Brown's redesigned Newsweek will hit newsstands and the iTunes App Store on Monday, March 7, and Brown will reveal the cover Sunday morning on ABC's “This Week with Christiane Amanpour,” The Cutline has learned.  —  Brown has slowly been reinventing …
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 …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
NBC's ‘Today’ Going Behind the Scenes Tuesday  —  In a first for the nearly 60 year old morning show, NBC's “Today” will present a live simulcast online as the show airs on the broadcast network.  —  “Today” fourth-hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford will host the online show starting at 7:30 AM …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and FishbowlDC
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.
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.
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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