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4:20 PM ET, March 9, 2010

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Joe Flint / Company Town:
Time Warner Cable to ask FCC for new rules on negotiating programming deals  —  A group of distributors led by Time Warner Cable is going to file a petition with the Federal Communications Commission later this week, seeking new rules about how broadcasters and distributors can and cannot negotiate carriage deals.
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Kelly Riddell / Bloomberg:
Disney May Pull ABC From Bigger Cable Rivals Next  —  Walt Disney Co., which blocked some viewers from the first 13 minutes of the Oscars last night amid a dispute with Cablevision Systems Corp., may be about to do it again with bigger cable operators, analysts said.
Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
New York Times poaches Wall Street Journal spokesman Christie  —  New York TimesProfessional New York Times haters often fixate on the company's seeming haplessness and its namesake newspaper's flat-footed, delayed and defensive strategies for dealing with bad news, bad press and bad times for newspapers.
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Business Wire:
The New York Times Company Names Robert Christie Senior Vice President …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Is the Kindle Finally Ready for the Web?  —  If you own a Kindle, you also own a mobile Web browser.  But chances are you never use it.  That's because it's a lousy experience, and one Amazon does its best to keep away from users (hint: look in the gadget's “experimental” menu).
Discussion: paidContent and TechFlash
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Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
Amazon Is Building a Better Browser for Kindle
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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Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
McCarthy Fired After 31 Years at Variety: 'It's the End of Something'
Discussion: Romenesko
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
My Traffic's Bigger Than Yours  —  It's no secret.  Conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart and libertarian commentator Conor Friedersdorf like to fight.  Whether it's about journalistic ethics or left-wing media bias, the two spar relentlessly, passionately and intelligently.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
NYT Ad Totally Swallows Trash-Talking Blog  —  Just last month, Gothamist boss Jake Dobkin was slamming the New York Times as uncompetitive, unoriginal, and lazy.  Today, the NYT has plastered Gothamist with the most in-your-face wallpaper ad buy we've ever seen.  Huh.  Let's recall that rant!
Discussion: FishBowlNY and Adrants
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 …
Associated Press:
AP hires NY Times exec to boost digital revenue  —  AP puts New York Times Web vice president in charge of digital sales expansion  —  The Associated Press has named Nick Ascheim as general manager of AP Digital with responsibility for its new strategic business unit, AP Gateway.
Terry McDermott / CJR:
Dumb Like a Fox  —  Fox News isn't part of the GOP; it has simply (and shamelessly) mastered the confines of cable  —  Last December 10 was a big news day.  U.S. Senate negotiators announced they had agreed to a compromise on health care reform, final preparations were being made for a global conference …
Discussion: Gawker and Inside Cable News
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.
Hal Varian / Google Public Policy Blog:
Newspaper economics: online and offline  —  It is widely recognized that the news industry is facing financial difficulties, but there is little agreement about the source of those difficulties or what can be done about them.  The debate about the role of the web has been particularly heated …
Elizabeth Jensen / Media Decoder:
Meacham of Newsweek in Talks for Weekly PBS Show  —  The Pulitzer Prize-winning editor of Newsweek, Jon Meacham, is negotiating to add a television job to his schedule.  He is in final talks to be the co-host of a new PBS Friday night public affairs series called “Need to Know,” …
Jim O'Neill / FierceOnlineVideo:
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.
Nat Worden / Dow Jones Newswires:
No 3D For Initial ‘Avatar’ DVD Release -News Corp COO  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- News Corp. (NWS, NWSA) Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey said this year's initial DVD release of “Avatar,” the company's recent film hit, will not be in 3D.  —  The box office success of the science-fiction film epic directed …
Discussion: The Wire
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:   News Corp. plays harder to get
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.
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.
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.
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
Sean Blanda / eMedia Vitals:
Demand Media's content assembly line  —  How Demand Media makes content production an assembly line, and what you can learn.  —  Today, I am trading in my assignment editor for an algorithm: I am becoming a Demand Media writer.  —  The company, founded in 2006, uses primarily freelance labor …
Discussion: Romenesko
 
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