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1:25 PM ET, March 16, 2011


 Top News: 
Nellie Andreeva /
Netflix To Enter Original Programming With Mega Deal For David Fincher-Kevin Spacey Series ‘House Of Cards’  —  EXCLUSIVE: Video streaming juggernaut Netflix is becoming an original series player.  In what is probably the biggest gamble in its 14-year history, I hear Netflix …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Netflix Crushing the Digital Movie Competition
Discussion: Ars Technica and GigaOM
Patricia Chui / The Moviefone Blog:
Moviefone's Response to the TechCrunch Post  —  By now you may have read the recent post in TechCrunch regarding that site's SXSW coverage of the film ‘Source Code.’ A representative from Moviefone, who set up the interview with Summit Entertainment, received some feedback from the studio …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
AOL Asks Us If We Can Tone It Down
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Quake Coverage Draws Viewers to CNN  —  CNN once again proved its appeal to viewers of breaking news last Friday through Monday night, with coverage of the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.  —  Friday's audience for the total day, 2.273 million, was CNN's largest since the Inauguration in January 2009.
Discussion: Mediaite, Poynter, and
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Bob Woodward: ‘You get the truth at night, the lies during the day’  —  During a visit to Poynter on Tuesday, Bob Woodward talked about why he likes his iPad, what he thinks about the future of long-form journalism and what he considers to be the best time of day to access hard-to-reach sources.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media:'s Newark plan smells of conflict  —  Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington (Jason Kempin / Getty Images For IMG / March 16, 2011)  —  The AOL hyper-local news operation, now under Arianna Huffington, enters a partnership with a New Jersey mayor that doesn't seem journalistically sound.
Discussion: Mediaweek and On Media's Blog
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Will we see the NY Times paywall soon?  —  Amid revolutions and huge earthquakes and nuclear meltdowns, we're reminded that we might see a NY Times paywall any day now.  —  I've always said that the Times likes to talk about a paywall, and they've been doing that for a long time …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
100 Percent Fresh Exclusive!:  Flixster/Rotten Tomatoes in Acquisition Talks With Yahoo and Others  —  Flixster-the popular social movie site whose brands include the Rotten Tomatoes premium reviews site, as well as BuddyTV-is in early acquisition talks with several suitors, including Yahoo, said sources close to the situation.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Hearst Magazines is 2010 Group Publishers' Ad-Page Champ  —  With the explosion of magazine apps, social media and the resurgence of print advertising, magazine brands are showing a prominent face to their loyal and new readers and advertisers.  This week's top 5 chart looks …
Discussion: Folio and FishbowlNY
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Facebook Takes Another Swing At Web Video: Live Streaming Major League Baseball  —  Last week, you could rent a movie on Facebook.  Today, you can watch a live pro baseball game on the site.  —  Still think Facebook can't be a big player in Web video?  —  You can watch the game …
Tom Scocca / Capital New York:
Tales of a skirt-chaser: On the radically democratic theory, and autocratic practice, of being Bill Cunningham  —  Richard Press and Zeitgeist Films.  —  Maybe the most pleasing and arresting sight in the documentary Bill Cunningham New York is the spectacle of Bill Cunnigham not taking photographs.
Abu Dhabi / Reuters:
News Corp aims to build own social gaming business  —  (Reuters) - Media giant News Corp aims to build its own social-gaming business as valuations of games companies, such as FarmVille maker Zynga skyrocket, its head of digital media said on Wednesday.  —  Jonathan Miller also said News Corp's …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Stefan Candea / Nieman Journalism Lab:
From the ground up: The growth of independent media in Romania  —  Editor's Note: Our sister publication Nieman Reports is out with its spring issue, which spotlights the efforts of reporters trying to uncover corruption.  We're highlighting a few entries that connect with subjects we follow in the Lab, but go read the whole issue.
Discussion: Nieman Reports
Laura Martinez / Multichannel:
Univision Dips Its Toes Into English  —  News Twitter Feed, Soccer Site Aim for Anglophone U.S. Hispanics  —  Univision might be having a change of heart about the English language.  —  The company, which for decades has embraced a Spanish-only policy, seems to be dipping its toes into English-language content online.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: After Ad Changes, Yahoo Media Unit Gets a Management Shakeup  —  Last week, Yahoo's advertising unit got the once-over from its new sales head Wayne Powers.  And, this week, its new Audience unit head Mickie Rosen is making a series of executives moves.
Discussion: VentureBeat,, paidContent and SAI
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Publisher Limits Shelf Life for Library E-Books  —  Imagine the perfect library book.  Its pages don't tear.  Its spine is unbreakable.  It can be checked out from home.  And it can never get lost.  —  The value of this magically convenient library book — otherwise known as an e-book …
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Los Angeles Times:
Reel China: Hollywood tries to stay on China's good side
Discussion: Company Town
Why Missouri's J-School Should Rethink Its Approach to Twitter
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
As Seventeen Goes Upscale, Can It Keep Its Readers?
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A very important matter: Should ebook titles be in quotes or italics?
Discussion: TeleRead
Paige Albiniak / Broadcasting & Cable:
EXCLUSIVE: Couric Talker Looking Likely for 2012
Journalistic nuclear physics
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
 Earlier Picks: 
Philip Bump / Mediaite:
Breaking Down (Then Rebuilding) the Media Industry, One Atom Of Content At A Time
New York Observer:
We Got the Betabeat! ‘The Observer’ Tech Site Launches Tomorrow
Discussion: WebNewser and Talking Biz News
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Chris Lehmann to lead Yahoo's news blogs network
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
NYT's Good Timing on Pay Launch, Amid News Chaos
Discussion: The Bivings Report and AdPulp
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
News portal, super aggregator, and curator: new plans for
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Highlights from SXSW: 7 steps to building trust and credibility with an online audience
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and RJI