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3:50 PM ET, March 6, 2010


 Top News: 
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
A Cover Ad That Mimics a Newspaper's Front Page  —  The entire first page of The Los Angeles Times on Friday was an ad that looked, in part, like the front page of The Los Angeles Times, as the newspaper again tested the accepted limits on where ads can be published and how they can blur the boundary with news.
L.A. Times sells Disney front page for movie ad  —  (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Times' critic may have panned the film, but that didn't stop Disney from paying top dollar to turn the newspaper's front page into a special advertisement on Friday for the new movie, “Alice in Wonderland.”
Lynette Rice / Hollywood Insider:
Exclusive: ‘Fringe’ picked up for a third season  —  Sci-fi fans who may be concerned about the state of the genre on network TV (we're looking at you, V and FlashForward) have at least one reason to rejoice: EW has learned exclusively that Fox has picked up Fringe for a third season.
Emilybraham / Online Journalism Blog:
Summary of “Magazines and their websites” - Columbia Journalism Review study by Victor Navasky and Evan Lerner  —  The first study of magazines and their various approaches to websites, undertaken by Columbia Journalism Review, found publishers are still trying to work out how best to utilise the online medium.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Redpoint Invests $4.4 Million In Fast Growing Posterous  —  San Francisco based Posterous, a fast growing publishing platform, has taken a $4.4 million investment from Redpoint Ventures.  Partner Satish Dharmaraj, who is also an individual investor in Posterous, led the round and joins …
Discussion: VentureBeat
New Survey Shows Huge Wave of Apple iPad Demand Striking Amazon  —  By Paul Carton, Director of Research, ChangeWave Research  —  It's been just a matter of weeks since Steve Jobs announced the impending release of the new Apple (AAPL) iPad tablet.  —  A ChangeWave survey of 3,171 consumers …
Mark Briggs / Lost Remote:
Lessons to learn: how the iPad will impact local media
Benjamin Bidder / Spiegel Online:
The Russian-American Battle over Chatroulette  —  Late last year, only 500 people were using the Web site that Andrey Ternovskiy launched.  Now Chatroulette gets around 1.5 million visitors daily.  With Russian billionaires offering him cash and Google on the other line, the Moscow teenager has to make a decision: America or Russia?
Discussion: Mashable!
Paul Berton / London Free Press:
Niche journalism strengthens democracy  —  EDITOR'S DESK: London city hall is covered by more journalists than you might think
Brendon Connelly / /Film:
Sin Nombre Director Cary Fukunaga Describes His Musical  —  We might be closing in on the musical for people who don't like musicals (which will do until we find an outright cure for their curious condition).  —  Over the last couple of years, Sin Nombre director Cary Funkunaga has been working on …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Andrew Jaffe, Who Brought Clios to Adweek, Is Dead at 71  —  Andrew Jaffe, who presided over the expansion of the advertising trade magazine Adweek and helped revitalize the industry's venerable Clio Awards, died on Feb. 26 in Norwalk, Conn. He was 71 and lived in New Canaan, Conn.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Former Book Designer Says Good Riddance to Print  —  A recent blog post by Craig Mod, a self-titled computer programmer, book designer and book publisher, offers a thoughtful and distinctive perspective on the move of books from paper to interactive devices like Apple's iPad.
Discussion: Podcasting News, Craig Mod and TeleRead
Jon Weisman / Variety:
TV writer finds haven in blogging  —  Pomerantz shows years haven't tarnished his skills  —  Like writing for TV, blogging is considered a young person's game.  —  But Earl Pomerantz, who toiled on iconic sitcoms for more than three decades, is putting the lie to that notion.
Katie Scott /
Archiving Britain's web: The legal nightmare explored  —  Websites are gaining increasing recognition as being culturally valuable — as snapshots of our cultural history.  But could a change in the law be the only way to preserve them?  —  An investigation by Katie Scott
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Gifted Hollywood celebrities help brands reach markets  —  For George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and others vying for Academy Awards, success in Sunday's ceremony may well represent the peak of their careers.  —  But if they miss out on a gold statue, there could be consolation in the form …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With 100 Million Comments, Topix Has Quietly Become The Local Watering Hole  —  I'm from a relatively small city in Ohio called Pepper Pike.  If I want to find out news about it, the easiest thing for me to do is Google “Pepper Pike News.”  The number one result is quite useful: Topix.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM: to AOL's Patch: Bring It On  —  Mark Josephson, CEO of hyper-local news aggregator, doesn't seem all that concerned about AOL's plans to pour $50 million into its own hyper-local news operation,  That's because while AOL is trying to generate its own custom content …
Craig Crawford / Craig Crawford's Trail Mix:
A Point of Personal Privilege  —  For those who might be interested - and you have every reason not to be - I am no longer with MSNBC.  Three months short of my current contract I sent the following to the boss, Phil Griffin: “Phil, Just wanted to give you the heads up that my situation …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:   MSNBC Political Analyst Leaves, Won't Be “Cartoon Player For Lefty Games”
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