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11:05 PM ET, March 6, 2011


 Top News: 
Felix Salmon:
The FT's decline  —  I had a hard-to-follow Twitter debate yesterday about the FT's paywall, where a couple of FT types — Alan Beattie and John Gapper — told me that the latest numbers for digital subscribers show that I was wrong when I criticized the FT's strategy in October 2007.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Digital Media Milestone: News Consumption via Mobile Reaches Nearly Half for Financial Times  —  The introduction of tablets and smart phones has driven extraordinary growth in digital news consumption.  According to Robert Grimshaw, Managing Director of the the …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:   Financial Times Digs Gold Out of Data
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Al Jazeera English Plans Show Centered on Social Networking  —  As the Arab world reels with revolutions fomented in part online, Al Jazeera English is planning a new talk show that has social networking at its heart.  —  It's just lucky timing, says Ahmed Shihab-Eldin …
Tim MacMahon / ESPN:
Mark Cuban, Charlie Sheen in talks  —  DALLAS — Mark Cuban, the outspoken billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, and controversial actor Charlie Sheen could soon be business partners.  —  Cuban confirmed Sunday evening that he's had several conversations with Sheen recently …
Discussion: @thefamousjay and @espn
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 …
John Koblin / WWD Media Headlines:
Memo Pad: Joanne Lipman's Newsweek Debut  —  JOANNE LIPMAN RETURNS: Joanne Lipman, the former Portfolio editor in chief — who has held a relatively low profile since the business magazine was shut down 23 months ago — will write regularly for Tina Brown's new Newsweek.
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
In YouTube, Google finds a nimble model to compete with Facebook  —  Once derided as Google's folly, the home of cheesy cat videos and the money-losing stepchild of an otherwise wildly profitable company, YouTube is emerging as a model for the more nimble, faster-paced company Google co-founder …
David Carr / New York Times:
The Fading Power of Beck's Alarms  —  Almost every time I flipped on television last week, there was a deeply angry guy on a running tirade about the conspiracies afoot, the enemies around all corners, and how he alone seemed to understand what was under way.
Discussion: @mlcalderone, @jayrosen_nyu and @drudge
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 …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter's “Quickbar Uprising” Is Nothing: Wait Till The Ads Really Show Up  —  Some people hate Twitter's new iPhone app, and Twitter is listening: It's going to change the app slightly.  —  Which won't appease the people who hate Twitter's new iPhone app at all.
the nytpicker:
On Language: Hugo Lindgren's New NYT Magazine Rewrites “Lives” Column, Cuts Use Of “F**k,” “S**t” And “Dude.”  —  On the back page of Hugo Lindgren's newly-remodeled NYT Magazine — you know, the one that unceremoniously axed the “On Language” column after 32 years — there's a sweet little essay in the …
Discussion: New York Times
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: Media Decoder
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