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3:30 AM ET, March 7, 2010


 Top News: 
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Updated: Disney Makes Good On Threat; Pulls WABC From Cablevision On Oscar Eve  —  Midnight update: Get ready for some impromptu Oscar parties at New York-area households with Verizon FiOS or satellite: Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) couldn't find a way over a two-year impasse …
Venuri Siriwardane / New Jersey Online:
ABC pulls signal from Cablevision just hours before the Oscars … Channel 7 went dark in parts of New Jersey this morning as Disney and Cablevision remained mired in a distribution stalemate.  —  The midnight blackout occurred just hours before ABC's telecast of the Academy Awards …
Diane Mermigas / BNET:
And the Oscar Goes... Anywhere in Digital Media Consumers Want  —  The retransmission fee stand-off between Walt Disney's WABC-TV and Cablevision that could prevent some east coast viewing of Sunday's Academy Awards is just the latest stress crack in a strained television and film landscape.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Andreessen's Advice To Old Media: “Burn The Boats”  —  Legend has it that when Cortes landed in Mexico in the 1500s, he ordered his men to burn the ships that had brought them there to remove the possibility of doing anything other than going forward into the unknown.
Discussion: TeleRead and
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
The iPad Poses a Threat to Kindle's Market Share [STATS]  —  Independent research boutique ChangeWave surveyed 3,171 consumers and found that consumer pre-launch interest in the iPad is high.  —  Data demonstrates that consumers are more interested in purchasing an iPad than they were the iPhone prior to launch.
Discussion: TUAW
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Left gears up to fight media wars  —  From a glitzy new office in downtown Washington, the ideological war over the media is fully engaged.  —  Six years after its founding to counter what it said was “conservative misinformation,” Media Matters for America employs a staff of 70 …
Maria Elena / Show Tracker:
Conan Twitter Tracker: How Conan Met Sarah  —  Ok, Conan, you're not such a bad guy, after all.  We admit that for a while Friday we thought @LovelyButton was a figment of your Twitter imagination (read: Freckles and the gang), but now that we've actually spoken to her and have seen firsthand …
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.
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.
Reuters:   L.A. Times sells Disney front page for movie ad
Vanessa Thorpe / Guardian:
The big gender gap on the small screen: men outnumber women on TV two-to-one  —  Study finds that females who do appear on television are often in soaps or on news to discuss ‘softer’ topics  —  Although there are more females, by a head or two in every 100, than there are males in the British population …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Cisco Wants To Kill Your Cisco Set-Top Box With Another Cisco Set-Top Box (CSCO, CMCSA, AAPL)  —  Cisco's plan to rule the Internet will be unveiled next week during a press event on March 9.  What is it?  —  Most reports we've seen so far suggest it will have something …
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Future fame (and why it's important)  —  Like a lot of folks, I have a Google search RSS feed based on my name.  Call it vanity or call it “reputation management,” but today's world allows a degree of feedback never known before.  —  Last week, I ran into (and subsequently made friends with) …
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Susan Saulny / New York Times:
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