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6:05 PM ET, March 7, 2010


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Disney Pulls ABC From Cablevision After Deal Fails  —  The Walt Disney Company pulled its ABC station from Cablevision at 12:01 a.m. Sunday after failing to reach an agreement with the cable provider on a new contract, potentially leaving about three million cable customers in New York …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Pre-Oscar Drama: Disney Sends ‘New’ Proposal; Cablevision Offers Binding Arbitration  —  Last-minute dramatics this afternoon as the next “deadline” approaches for Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Cablevision: tonight's Academy Awards.  Disney says it's sent a new proposal and the ball is in the cable operator's court.
Discussion: Long Reply and Save ABC7
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.
NY Daily News:
ABC goes black at midnight, frustrating Cablevision customers
Discussion: Gothamist and Chickaboomer
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Magda Abu-Fadil / Media on
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.
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 …
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.
Dave Rosenberg / Software, Interrupted:
Has business press lost touch with the tech industry?  —  A new report by ITDatabase that examines tech coverage over the last six months from eight top business news publications raises some questions, in particular: Does the business press factor companies' revenue and profits into their tech editorial agenda?
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love  —  Did you know that blocking ads truly hurts the websites you visit?  We recently learned that many of our readers did not know this, so I'm going to explain why.  —  There is an oft-stated misconception that if a user never clicks on ads …
Tammy La Gorce / New York Times:
A Vibrant Culture of Food Blogging  —  AT Bistro 55, an upscale restaurant in Rochelle Park, the staff is accustomed not only to customers talking on cellphones, but also to people using phones to take pictures of the food, according to Lorenzo Catlett, the general manager.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Jack D. Lail / Random Mumblings:
Letter from the epicenter  —  Editor & Publisher Editor Mark Fitzgerald notes that with the departure of Rusty Coats from E.W. Scripps and the newspaper industry, “that's two Internet thinkers gone from the business in this young year.  E&P's current Editor of the Year departed Gazette Communications …
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