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9:10 AM ET, March 18, 2011

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Gets Its First Big Publisher: New York Times Subscriptions Will Be Sold Through iTunes  —  The New York Times has finally unveiled its paywall plans, a year-plus in the making.  —  And with the Times' announcement, Steve Jobs gets his first big publisher to announce it is signing …
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Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Please stop calling it a wall”: First thoughts on the Times' pay plan  —  Editor's Note: Now that we know the details of The New York Times' long-awaited paywall plan, what's the reaction to it?  We asked some of our favorite media thinkers — including, of course, some of those who made predictions …
Discussion: Online NewsHour and Media Nation
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Times Announces Digital Subscription Plan  —  The New York Times rolled out a plan on Thursday to begin charging the most frequent users of its Web site $15 a month in a bet that readers would pay for news they have grown accustomed to getting free.  —  Beginning March 28 …
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
New York Times paywall: wishful thinking or just crazy?  —  The New York Times just announced a new paywall that will let you see 20 articles a month and thereafter redirect you to a signup for paid access.  However, if you follow a NYT link from some search engines and services like Twitter …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of The New York Times' pay fence  —  Editor's Note: Each week, Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of news for the Lab.  —  It's official — and the world still turns.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
New York Times Paywall Workaround Springs Up Already  —  It hasn't even been 12 hours since the New York Times announced they're implementing a fairly complex paywall scheme, and already at least workaround has sprung up.  —  The Times scheme allows readers 20 free stories per month before they have to pay.
Discussion: CJR
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
All You Need To Know About The NYTimes.com Paywall
Ian Cobain / Guardian:
US spy operation that manipulates social media  —  Military's ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda  —  Jeff Jarvis: Washington shows the morals of a clumsy spammer  —  The US military is developing software that will let it secretly …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Newspaper Guild calls on HuffPo's unpaid writers to withhold their work  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  A Guild release says: “In response to the Huffington Post's refusal to compensate its thousands of writers in the wake of its $315 merger with AOL, the Newspaper Guild has requested a meeting …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Should unpaid writers for The Huffington Post go on strike?  —  The Newspaper Guild of America, which represents 26,000 media employees across the country, released a statement yesterday, encouraging all unpaid writers at The Huffington Post to stop working.  —  The Guild writes,
MediaShift:
A Twitter Chat About Writer Pay Rates in the Digital Age
Discussion: Soup
Steve Rosenbaum / Mashable!:
Why Curation Is Just as Important as Creation [OPINION]  —  This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.  —  Steven Rosenbaum is a curator, author, filmmaker and entrepreneur.  He is the CEO of Magnify.net, a real-time video curation engine for publishers, brands, and websites.
Discussion: Sparksheet
Max Colchester / Wall Street Journal:
Selling Video Scoops Online  —  Citizenside, other websites collect and syndicate amateur videos to professional news groups  —  PARIS—French website Citizenside recently sold a grainy video of British fashion designer John Galliano conducting an anti-Semitic rant to news organizations around the world.
Johnnie L. Roberts / The Wrap:
Is the Relationship Between Apple and Disney Too Close for Comfort?  —  Apple and Disney are Hollywood's best friends with benefits — and not everyone is happy about it.  —  The informal corporate couple currently are coyly hooking up in a cross-promotion of iPad 2 and content over at Apple.com.
Discussion: GigaOM
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Glam Media Buys BBS Media As Part Of Canadian Expansion  —  Lifestyle blog network Glam Media has acquired Canadian brand advertising media company BBS Media (Boxer B-Scene Media).  The deal, terms of which were undisclosed, is part of Glam's entry into the Canadian market and will serve …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scribd's HTML5-Based Document Viewer Is Now Portable, Retroactively Upgrades 20M+ Embeds  —  Last May, document sharing hub Scribd launched one of its biggest features yet: a document reader based entirely in HTML5.  Up until then Scribd had presented its documents using …
Discussion: MacStories and VentureBeat
 
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Felix Salmon / @felixsalmon:
It seems that the NYT has persuaded Lincoln cars to sponsor free digital subscriptions thru 2011 for “an exclusive group” of web users
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
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Jonathan Seitz / Nieman Reports:
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Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Houses Passes Bill Stripping Federal Funding for NPR
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Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
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Discussion: Poynter