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8:55 AM ET, March 8, 2010

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New York Times:
At the Last Minute, a Disney-Cablevision Truce  —  The Oscar statuette became a pawn in a public brawl between the Walt Disney Company and Cablevision on Sunday, a dispute that prevented more than three million viewers from watching the beginning of the Academy Awards show until …
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Joe Flint / Company Town:
Disney's deal with Cablevision is good news for broadcasters [Updated]  —  And the Oscar for biggest gamble goes to ... Walt Disney Co.'s ABC.  —  Risking political backlash and hits to its ratings, advertising revenue and public goodwill, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger drew a line in the sand …
Fred / A VC:
Monopolies, Retransmission Fees, and Screwing Customers
Discussion: MediaMemo
Dirk Smillie / Forbes:
Digital Lift-Off  —  Web ads to get a 10% boost in 2010.  For the first time advertisers will spend more on digital than print.  —  We've been waiting for this: A study by Outsell, to be released Monday, reveals that U.S. advertisers are spending more this year on digital media than on print.
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Bloomberg BusinessWeek's Bullish  —  Taking sharp aim at its rivals, Bloomberg BusinessWeek is prepping for a relaunch April 23 that it boasts will “reinvent” the category, with shorter stories, 20 percent more editorial pages and three more issues for a total of 50.  —  The moves come as others are retrenching.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
“OMG It's Steve Jobs!  I'm the Only One Yelling at Him!”  —  That's the most excellent caption for this photo, posted Sunday night by blogger Wayne Sutton.  —  Squint and you can see the Apple (AAPL) cofounder and CEO in the middle of shot, standing next to the woman in the white dress (click to enlarge).
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
In lean times, TV reporters must be jacks of all trades  —  Scott Broom turns his tripod toward the wall of gray mailboxes, adjusts the camera, walks into the shot and delivers his spiel.  —  “Here's how bad it is for the U.S. Postal Service,” the WUSA reporter says as a handful of customers at the Garrett Park post office look on.
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.
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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?
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Former E&P editors Mitchell, Strupp find new jobs  —  Joe Strupp is launching a media blog for Media Matters.  He tells Michael Calderone that his goal is to do “straight-ahead reporting” for the liberal organization.  Former E&P editor Greg Mitchell tweets: “I've landed a great new …
Discussion: The Politico
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Foodie Site, Magazine Target Men  —  One doesn't have to be a die-hard fan of Iron Chef to know that men have their own way of cooking and that it often involves meat, tongs and a grill.  —  This demo has been largely underserved by traditional media, but now, two publishers are firing up products aimed squarely at the male chef.
Steve Pond / The Wrap:
Analysis: How ‘Hurt Locker’ Became the $21M Movie That Could  —  It wasn't an Oscars for the unexpected.  It was an Oscars for the unprecedented.  —  In the end, “The Hurt Locker” shrugged off the barrage of last-minute criticism and came out of awards season in exactly the same …
Discussion: The Wire
Chris / cdixon.org:
News is a lousy business for Google too  —  There is a widespread myth that search engines have taken profits away from news websites.  A few months ago, Rupert Murdoch said: “Google has devised a brilliant business model that avoids paying for news gathering yet profits off the search ads sold around that content.”
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
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 …
Discussion: Romenesko and Fitz & Jen
 
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