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12:10 PM ET, March 8, 2010


 Top News: 
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Romenesko
Kerry Lauerman / Salon:
The story behind Oscar's “Kanye moment”  —  We talk to the two filmmakers whose personal fight became one of the ceremony's weirdest moments … People are already saying you “pulled a Kanye.”  What happened?  —  BURKETT: What happened was the director and I had a bad difference …
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?
Discussion: Media Decoder and FishBowlNY
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
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) co-founder and CEO in the middle of shot, standing next to the woman in the white dress (click to enlarge).
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
First iPad ad premieres during the Oscars
Megan McCarthy / Mediagazer News:
Introducing Mediagazer  —  Mediagazer presents the day's must read media news on a single page.  —  The media business is in tumult: from the production side to the distribution side, new technologies are upending the industry.  What do news organizations need to do to survive?  Will books become extinct?
Chris /
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 …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
The New York Times is hiring 12 techies and a social media whiz  —  While pundits climb over each other to predict the death of The New York Times Company, the NYT is looking to hire at least a dozen full-time software engineers and Web designers, plus one social media marketing manager.
Laura Oliver /
FT video could move behind paywall  —  The Financial Times could move its video content behind its paywall, Stephen Pinches, lead product manager, told an industry gathering today.  —  The FT's videos, which include individual series such as long-form interview programme View From the Top …
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 …
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran steps up pressure on journalists  —  Iranians who work for foreign media come under threat  —  Etemaad, Iran's most prominent reformist daily paper, was closed along with two weekly publications, Irandokht and Sina, a week ago today.  Since the disputed election in June …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Barnes & Noble Gets a Time Inc. Vet to Run Its Newsstand  —  Barnes & Noble wants to catch up to Amazon (AMZN)-and, suddenly, Apple (AAPL)-in the e-reader race.  That means it will it need its own digital newsstand, too.  —  So the bookseller has nabbed a magazine guy to run it.
Discussion: Associated Press and Gizmodo
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