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10:10 AM ET, March 10, 2012


 Top News: 
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times CEO Robinson's Exit Compensation Package Tops $23 Million  —  Janet Robinson, the New York Times Co. chief executive officer who was pushed out in December, received an exit package, including stock options and retirement benefits, of more than $23 million.
Discussion: Reuters, Media Decoder and
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Billboard Publisher, Editor Out, Other Top Staffers Follow  —  Billboard Magazine is bleeding top talent, with publisher Lisa Ryan Howard and editor-in-chief Danyel Smith handing in their walking papers, TheWrap has learned.  —  In addition, deputy editor Lou Hau and other high-level staffers …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Twitter's Secret History As the World's Worst Tech or Media Business  —  Twitter Inc.'s been spinning quite a turnaround story in the press lately.  The microblogging service “has finally turned a corner,” declares the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.  “It's a juggernaut,” a company executive tells the magazine.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter's Ad Sales Are Booming, Says Gawker
Discussion: Business Insider
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Obama did in fact enjoy a ‘media honeymoon’ with New York Times, says study  —  Stephen J. Farnsworth and S. Robert Lichter used content analysis, “a technique that allows researchers to classify statements objectively and systematically according to explicit rules and clear criteria,” …
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
For tablet computer visionary Roger Fidler, a lot of what-ifs  —  COLUMBIA, Mo. — Roger Fidler, in jeans and a black turtleneck, is watching Steve Jobs, in jeans and a black turtleneck, introduce the iPad.  Fidler is sitting in his stark white office — the late Apple co-founder adored white's simplicity …
The Huffington Post:
Louis C.K. Drops Out Of Congressional Correspondents Dinner After Fox News Host Complains  —  Louis C.K. has dropped out of hosting the Radio & Television Congressional Correspondents dinner after Fox News host Greta Van Susteren threatened to not attend.  —  C.K.'s take-no-prisoners brand …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Politico Planning Big Slate of Web Video Shows  —  WASHINGTON — Seeing an emerging playing field where Internet delivered video news will eventually be on par with cable, Politico will broadly expand its video programming this year, says Jim VandeHei, Executive Editor, in this interview with Beet.TV
Discussion: FishbowlDC, Thanks:@beet_tv
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Vevo redesigns to become MTV for the online generation  —  Over the past two years, Vevo has become the default place to watch music online.  But, like many other streaming video providers, it had a problem: For users, the act of watching videos tends to be a very disjointed process.
Discussion: VEVO and MediaFile
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Yahoo Eyes More TV Partners as Layoffs Loom  —  A Content Deal With ABC News as a Model for Others  —  Amid a swirl of speculation about layoffs that could run as high as 1,000, Yahoo is pushing further into original video programming and discussing possible partnerships with TV networks beyond its current deal with ABC News.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Everything that converges must be workshopped: New York media flees town for SXSW conference  —  Sultan Al Qassemi, the Dubai-based Arab affairs commentator who was one of a handful of online personas to make a name for themselves last year via their 140-character coverage of the uprisings in the Middle East …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Germany Wants To Charge Search Engines To Use News Excerpts  —  Germany's government wants search engines and news aggregators to pay news publishers for using pieces of their material.  —  Its coalition committee has resolved that a collecting society should charge royalties to re-publishers of news material.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Authors Guild: DOJ Investigation Is ‘Grim,’ ‘Tragic’ News For Book Lovers  —  The Authors Guild weighs in on the news that the Department of Justice is investigating Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and five of the big-six publishers for allegedly colluding on e-book pricing: “Our government may be on the verge …
Press Gazette:
First official figures give The Sun Sunday 3.2m circ  —  ABC today released the first official figures for The Sun Sunday - showing a launch circulation of 3,213,613 for the new title.  In its final month before it was closed the News of the World had an average monthly circulation of 2,667,428.
Discussion: Media Week and Guardian
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:   Sun on Sunday: £45m a year down versus the News of the World?
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
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Discussion: Press Gazette, Guardian and Bloomberg
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