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10:20 PM ET, March 7, 2010

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WABC Returns to Cablevision Programming  —  Updated The Walt Disney Company and Cablevision announced they had agreed in principle to a new contract governing WABC 10 minutes after the Academy Awards telecast started on Sunday night.  —  The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal.
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Drew Grant / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Cablevision Fights Back Offering Best Picture Movies All Night  —  Well that's one way to end a dispute: Tonight Cablevision will be offering their subscribers exclusive On Demand movies at no charge, including Academy Award nominees The Hurt Locker and District 9.
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Journalistic Shoplifting  —  ZACHERY KOUWE, a Times business reporter for a little over a year, resigned last month after he was accused of plagiarizing from The Wall Street Journal.  An internal review of his work turned up more articles — he said he was shown four — containing copy clearly lifted from other news sources.
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Felix Salmon:
Link-phobic bloggers at the NYT and WSJ  —  Clark Hoyt, the NYT's public editor, has a good post-mortem on l'affaire Zachary Kouwe, and asks whether “the culture of DealBook, the hyper-competitive news blog on which Kouwe worked” was partly to blame for his plagiarism.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
First iPad ad premieres during the Oscars  —  Apple's doing the Oscars up right tonight — not only was Steve Jobs making friends on the red carpet, but the company ran the first iPad ad just now during the broadcast.  It's pretty much what you'd expect out of an Apple ad, but, you know, more magical.
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
First look: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ opens to record-setting $210 million  —  Disney discovered an opening weekend in “Wonderland” the likes of which had never been seen before, taking in an eye-popping $210.3 million around the world in its debut.  —  Director Tim Burton's 3-D adaptation …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
The National Enquirer Earns Some Respect  —  The call came into The National Enquirer's Los Angeles tip line — the kind advertised in the supermarket tabloid with the promise “We'll Pay Big for Your Celebrity Gossip” — in late September 2007.  The caller's message was that a woman named Rielle Hunter …
David Carr / New York Times:
Breaking the Story That Isn't  —  Reporters have always kept an eye on other reporters.  For a journalist, the only thing more interesting than what you are working on is what your competitor is working on.  —  But what if watching your competitor becomes your whole story?
Chuck Salter / Fast Company:
Oscar or Not, “Coraline” Is a $65-Million Gamble That Paid Off for Phil and Travis Knight  —  On the morning that Oscar nominees were announced last month, Nike founder Phil Knight called his son, Travis, at 6 a.m. They both had just gotten word: Coraline, the debut film by their studio Laika, was up for best-animated film.
Magda Abu-Fadil / Media on HuffingtonPost.com:
Arab Print Media Weather Financial Crunch Better Than Western Counterparts  —  Print media in the west may be struggling for survival but newspapers in the Arab world, which took a few hits, are nonetheless thriving and expected to grow, a recent study showed.
James Camp / Mediaite:
HBO to Dramatize The Financial Meltdown In All Its Gory Details  —  Like those who enjoy their car-chases, their full-frontal nudes, their dance-and-song ensembles, the strip of the populace tickled by the thought of Hank Paulson cringing over a toilet is now, evidently, sufficient to launch a movie.
 
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