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2:45 AM ET, March 9, 2011

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 Top News: 
Mark Memmott / NPR:
In Video: NPR Exec Slams Tea Party, Questions Need For Federal Funds  —  NPR's soon-to-be-departing senior vice president for fundraising Ron Schiller is seen and heard on a videotape released this morning telling two men who were posing as members of a fictitious Muslim Action Education Center that:
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
NPR executives caught on tape bashing conservatives and Tea Party, touting liberals  —  A man who appears to be a senior National Public Radio senior executive, Ron Schiller, has been captured on camera savaging conservatives and the Tea Party movement.  —  “The current Republican Party …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
NPR ‘appalled’ by former exec's comments  —  Former NPR executive Ron Schiller slams Republicans and the tea party movement and suggests that NPR would be better off without any federal funding in a hidden-camera video released Tuesday by conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media  —  EVERYONE FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA TO TED KOPPEL IS BEMOANING A DECLINE IN JOURNALISTIC SUBSTANCE, SERIOUSNESS, AND SENSE OF PROPORTION.  BUT THE AUTHOR, A LONGTIME ADVOCATE OF THESE VALUES, TAKES A JOURNEY THROUGH THE DIGITAL-MEDIA WORLD …
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Daniel D'Addario / New York Observer:
What Does ‘The Atlantic’ Know About Its Own Aggregation?  —  Say this, good or bad, for The Atlantic—its left hand does not seem to know what its right hand is doing.  The magazine's new story about Gawker—getting buzz already for Nick Denton's note that he wouldn't have clarified …
Alex Himel / Facebook Developers:
Real-Time Analytics For Social Plugins  —  Over the past year, social plugins have become an important and growing source of traffic for millions of websites.  Today we're releasing a new version of Insights for Websites to give you better analytics on how people interact with your content …
Sarah Kessler / Mashable!:
Al Jazeera Launches Twitter Dashboard To Track Uprisings in Egypt, Yemen, Libya & Bahrain  —  Qatar-based news outlet Al Jazeera has launched a Twitter dashboard to illustrate tweets about uprisings and revolutions around the world.  —  The dashboard tallies the daily number of tweets …
Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Libya regime treating journalists like idiots - but ones who are useful to them  —  At surreal press conferences in Tripoli reporters hear scripted praise for Muammar Gaddafi while being told black is white, attack is retreat and ‘the colonial English’ are fomenting conspiracy
Discussion: CJR and Future of Journalism
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
Google Really, Officially, Finally Is A Media Company  —  In case you still had any doubts, Google is now OFFICIALLY a media company.  —  YouTube just finally closed its acquisition of Next New Networks, a NYC-based startup in the online video production industry.  —  (Click here to flip through NNN's most famous videos.)
Alexandra Cheney / Speakeasy:
How Does Twitter Verify Celebrity Accounts? … While Twitter continues to give celebrities, athletes, musicians, actors and others a platform to directly connect with their fans, the social networking site remains tight-lipped about how it determines if those stars are really who they say they are.
Hana N. Rouse / The Harvard Crimson:
Frank Rich Discusses Modern Journalism  —  New York Times columnist Frank Rich '71 said professional journalists will continue to be important despite changing forms of media at yesterday's ceremony for the Goldsmith Awards in Political Journalism.  —  Rich, who received the Goldsmith Career Award …
Evgeny Morozov / Guardian:
Facebook and Twitter are just places revolutionaries go |  Evgeny Morozov  —  Cyber-utopians who believe the Arab spring has been driven by social networks ignore the real-world activism underpinning them  —  Tweets were sent.  Dictators were toppled.  Internet = democracy.  QED.
Discussion: Mark Follman
Matt Waite / Nieman Journalism Lab:
To build a digital future for news, developers must be able to hack at the core of old systems  —  Editor's Note: Matt Waite was until recently news technologist at the St. Petersburg Times, where — among many other projects — he was the primary developer behind Politifact, which won a Pulitzer Prize.
Discussion: Hot Type Consulting
Associated Press:
Supermom Blogger Kelly Oxford Has Book Deal  —  Kelly Oxford, blogger and Twitter star, has book deal for memoir to be published in 2012  —  Kelly Oxford is a blogger, Twitter star and inspiration for a new CBS sitcom.  Now, she has a book deal.  —  It Books and HarperCollinsCanada …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Comments, Video, Push Slate Ad Revs Up 33 Percent In '10  —  The Slate Group, The Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) Co.'s online-only unit house Slate.com, The Root.com, and ForeignPolicy.com, says that combined ad revenue from all those sites gained 33 last year.
Discussion: Poynter
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Happy Birthday Mediagazer: Congrats to Megan McCarthy, the New Doyenne of the Media Scene  —  On a freezing Manhattan night in February, virtually all of the media industry's top reporters, blogger and editors showed up for drinks with a newly arrived California woman who was unknown just a few months earlier.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Newspapers Hope Readers Will Throw Money Over the Wall  —  As the financial screws continue to tighten on traditional media companies, more and more are choosing to throw their eggs into the basket labeled “paywall,” despite a conspicuous lack of evidence that erecting barriers to non-paying readers …
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Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Nine Questions on the Dallas Morning News Pay Plan
Discussion: Mike Orren
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Meet Your New Media Company: Facebook  —  Social Network Starts Movie Rentals, Threatening Apple, Netflix, Hulu  —  A big, powerful wild card just entered the movie distribution business.  Warner Bros. Entertainment announced today it will begin distributing movies for sale and for rent through Facebook …
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Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. to Rent Movies Digitally on Facebook, Starting With ‘Dark Knight’
 
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Ron Mwangaguhunga / eMedia Vitals:
Entertainment Weekly's smart partnership with GetGlue
Discussion: Search Engine Land and AdAge
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Huffpo-Enabled Layoffs Expected By Friday at AOL
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
‘Tosh.0’ turns Internet videos into laughs, cash for Comedy Central
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Cable Executives Vow to Stem Subscriber Losses
Discussion: FierceIPTV
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A perpetual motion machine for investigative reporting: CPI and PRI partner on state corruption project
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Publishers must focus on the open Web, not Android, to gain upper hand with Apple
Joseph J. Kolb / EditorandPublisher.com:
Losing the War on Reporting the Mexico Narco Violence
Discussion: Editors Weblog and CJR
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Atlantic building new online brands with Sullivan heading out the door
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
New York Times' Kristof: To get social issues on the agenda, get them on the op-ed pages
Discussion: Crikey and The News About The News
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Mog, the Digital Music Service, Takes Aim at the TV and the Car
Discussion: rbr.com and CNET News
Michael Oneal / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Co. bankruptcy nearing finish line
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
WSJ Europe deputy editor departs
Discussion: Press Gazette