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6:20 AM 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 …
Discussion: A VC, Media Decoder and NewTeeVee
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 …
Media Decoder:
WABC Returns to Cablevision
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.
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 …
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?
Steve Herrmann / The Editors:
SuperPower: BBC and Global Voices  —  You may notice an extra feature on some of the news stories on the News website in the coming days.  —  As part of the BBC's SuperPower season - a special series on the internet - we will be teaming up with Global Voices, a non-profit blogging network …
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
News Without the Narrative Needed to Make Sense of the News: What I Will Say at South by Southwest  —  These are my notes.  You can help me make my presentation great by reading them over and commenting or asking questions.  We have a week.  —  Suppose your laptop continually received updates …
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Abu Dhabi hopes high for media forum  —  Abu Dhabi is gearing up for a gathering of old and new media leaders from east and west this week which it hopes will establish the emirate as the undisputed hub from which media companies can tap into the growth offered by Arabic-speaking markets.
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 …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Hey, America!  Our draconian copyright law could kick your draconian copyright law's ass  —  I've always had mixed feelings about the DMCA.  —  On the one hand, as an author, I like that it gives me a way to stop illegal copies of my work being distributed in the US …
Discussion: broadstuff
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 …
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Dirk Smillie / Forbes:
Digital Lift-Off  —  Web ads to get a 10% boost in 2010.
Drew Grant / Mediaite:
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Discussion: New York Times
Chuck Salter / Fast Company:
Oscar or Not, “Coraline” …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Jack D. Lail / Random Mumblings:
Letter from the epicenter  —  Editor & Publisher Editor Mark …