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11:05 AM ET, March 9, 2010

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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Variety editor: 'It doesn't make economic sense to have full-time reviewers'  —  Subject: internal memo, for Variety editorial staff only  —  Change is always scary, and at Variety, we have had a lot of changes in the past few years.  But change is not always bad.  —  We are making further changes in the newsroom.
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Thompson on Hollywood:
Variety Cuts Its Life's Blood: Critics McCarthy and Rooney
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Variety Lays Off Two Critics in an Overhaul
Discussion: The Wire and Cheat Sheet
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:   McCarthy Fired After 31 Years at Variety: 'It's the End of Something'
LAT Blogs / The Big Picture:
Variety lays an egg: Is firing its critics really ‘economic reality’?
Variety:
Wilder promoted at Variety
Discussion: Folio
Damon Kiesow / Mobile Media:
New York Times to spin off Book Review for e-readers  —  The New York Times is planning to offer its Book Review as a separate digital e-reader product, disaggregated from the rest of the Times content on the mobile devices, according to James Dunn, director of marketing for The New York Times.
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?
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
GateHouse fires subpoenaed Kansas reporter for comments about legal representation  —  Claire O'Brien told other reporters that GateHouse refused to pay for her legal representation and scuttled her efforts to find legal help after being ordered to testify about a jailhouse interview with a murder suspect.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Editor and Publisher:   ‘Dodge City Daily Globe’ Reporter Who Testified in Murder Case Gets Fired
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How Ars Technica's “experiment” with ad-blocking readers built on its community's affection for the site  —  Even on the web, sometimes actions really do speak louder than words.  —  The technology site Ars Technica has a tech-savvy group of readers, of which about 40 percent have installed ad-blocking software in their web browsers.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and Digits
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Knight Foundation News Releases:
New Contest Aims to Create Easier Online Access to Government and Community Services  —  Knight Foundation partners with FCC;  —  Contest offers cash prizes to software developers nationwide  —  A contest to develop online applications that would tap the power of broadband to help communities …
Discussion: KnightBlog
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
Print's advertising problem - tying one hand behind its back  —  Last week Karl Schneider, Reed Business Information's Editorial Director, spent an hour chatting with students in my Online Journalism class.  Most of it is available on video here, but of particular interest to me was a point Karl …
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Tribune to produce pages for sister paper in Virginia  —  Tribune Co.'s Virginia newspaper plans to outsource the editing and designing of much of its content to the newsroom of its corporate flagship, the Chicago Tribune, in a bid to reduce costs and focus resources on local coverage.
Robert Eisenhart / Editors Weblog:
Facebook: A place to share articles on the weekend  —  A recent survey of Facebook user habits by DanZarrella found that users are more likely to share articles with friends over the weekend than the week, even though less news is typically published during this time.
Discussion: Dan Zarrella
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
News Corp. plays harder to get  —  Chase Carey says Fox ‘not just another channel’  —  If affiliates want to maintain access to “American Idol,” “24,” NFL games and the World Series, it could cost them a bit more cash, News Corp. COO Chase Carey suggested Monday.
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Murdoch: Gulf states should open up to foreign media  —  News Corporation chief says region should cut regulation and end censorship, and promotes idea of paying for content  —  Read the full text of Rupert Murdoch's speech (pdf)  —  Rupert Murdoch called on Gulf states to open up their markets …
Discussion: paidContent
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News:
Hulu scores deal with the NFL Network for online video  —  Think Hulu's going to suffer because it lost The Daily Show and The Colbert Report?  Maybe, but it gained a whole new audience by adding more than 600 clips of NFL content—more than 400 hours worth—to its site this week.
Discussion: Portfolio
Kieran Crowley / New York Post:
Lindsay Lohan wants $100M over E-Trade ad  —  The world revolves around Lindsay.  —  Lindsay Lohan is suing the financial company E-Trade, insisting that a boyfriend-stealing, “milkaholic” baby in its latest commercial — who happens to be named Lindsay — was modeled after her.
hrc.utexas.edu:
David Foster Wallace Archive Acquired by Harry Ransom Center  —  AUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has acquired the archive of writer David Foster Wallace (1962-2008), author of “Infinite Jest” (1996) …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Tumblr Hits Major Milestones, Plans to Start Generating Revenue  —  Tumblr, one of the simplest blogging platforms around, is doing really well.  Situated between WordPress, which requires a bit more effort to create and organize content, and Twitter, which requires almost no effort …
Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
Amazon Is Building a Better Browser for Kindle  —  Browsing the web on one of Amazon's Kindle e-readers is like taking a step backwards in time.  It's clunky and has only limited support for web standards and bare-bones JavaScript capabilities.  —  But now Amazon may be looking …
 
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Eric Deggans / blogs.tampabay.com:
Jimmy Fallon hosts live performance of Lazy Sunday
Discussion: Mediaite
Mike Fleming / Deadline.com:
‘Sopranos’ Creator To Film Rock Drama
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James Montgomery / MTV:
Lady Gaga Planning Ambitious 3-D Concert, DVD
Discussion: Gawker and Gizmodo
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
CBS Adds Live 3G Streaming To March Madness App; Charges $9.99
Discussion: WebNewser
Marshall's Curated FabulousNess:
Tech startups, exclusivity and our competitors (some thoughts)
Discussion: Scripting News and ReadWriteWeb
Oliver Willis / Media Matters for America:
Glenn Beck advertiser offers “survival seeds” …
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For Web and Public TV, Brief Films That Dramatize Issues
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Seattle's Questionland builds Q&A community around popular alt.weekly The Stranger
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Discussion: TechFlash and broadstuff
Martin Langeveld / News after Newspapers:
iPad strategies for publishers
Discussion: TeleRead, Poynter and RJI