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9:10 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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Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Variety Lets Go of 2 of Its Top Critics  —  Neil Stiles, the president of Variety, said the entertainment industry trade paper was cutting from its staff two of its most prominent writers — the film reviewer Todd McCarthy and the theater critic David Rooney.
Discussion: New York Magazine
LAT Blogs / The Big Picture:
Variety lays an egg: Is firing its critics really ‘economic reality’?  —  In showbiz, timing is everything.  It could hardly be a coincidence that the morning after Oscar season mercifully came to a close, Variety laid off its two best-known critics, longtime chief film critic Todd McCarthy and chief theater critic David Rooney.
Discussion: 24 Frames
Thompson on Hollywood:
Variety Cuts Its Life's Blood: Critics McCarthy and Rooney  —  At Saturday's HBO Oscar party, I enjoyed dishing about the upcoming Cannes line-up with Todd McCarthy, Variety's long-time film critic, who is the paper's biggest star and the main reason readers all over the world read the august trade.
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Variety Lays Off Two Critics in an Overhaul
Discussion: Cheat Sheet
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:   McCarthy Fired After 31 Years at Variety: 'It's the End of Something'
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?
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yet Another Media Aggregation Site?  Yup. …
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.
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 …
Martin Langeveld / News after Newspapers:
iPad strategies for publishers  —  This is a white paper based on and expanded from my earlier post on the same topic, prepared for the Digital Publishing Alliance meeting at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri on March 7-9, 2010
Discussion: TeleRead, Poynter and RJI
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 …
Discussion: MediaMemo and Fast Company
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.
Discussion: The Wire, Gawker and PopEater
Nicholas White / Style Watch:
Betty White Confirms She'll Appear on Saturday Night Live  —  Betty White fans, your prayers have been answered.  The former Golden Girl will appear on Saturday Night Live in the near future, she confirmed to PEOPLE at Elton John's annual Oscars viewing party on Sunday night.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Don't Blame Your Community: Ad Blocking Is Not Killing Any Sites  —  Every so often we hear about a random blog or website that freaks out and claims that ad blockers are “stealing” or somehow damaging websites.  But it's quite a surprise to see a similar argument from a site like Ars Technica …
Oliver Willis / Media Matters for America:
Glenn Beck advertiser offers “survival seeds” as defense against “emerging totalitarianism”  —  With all the companies that have pulled their advertising from Glenn Beck, it's understandable that many of those still advertising with him aren't exactly blue-chip enterprises.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Inside the Low-Paying Cheezburger Empire  —  Ben Huh's media startup is focused on LOLcats and other internet animal memes.  Things are less cute behind the scenes, where underpaid and overworked humans lurk, according to several company veterans who answered our recent request for information.
Discussion: TechFlash and broadstuff
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
CBS Adds Live 3G Streaming To March Madness App; Charges $9.99  —  No need to duck out of work early, now you can watch March Madness games live over your iPhone, and for the first time—anywhere over AT&T's 3G network.  —  The application, which is expected to be available Monday on iTunes …
Discussion: WebNewser
Marshall's Curated FabulousNess:
Tech startups, exclusivity and our competitors (some thoughts)  —  What do Quora, Path.io & now SnapGroups have in common?  They are 3  —  HUGE startup stories *ignored* by TechCrunch, AllThingsD and Mashable  —  after RWW broke them.  I can't think of any reason other than that
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Scripting News
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
For Web and Public TV, Brief Films That Dramatize Issues  —  ITVS is best known for its financing of documentaries, many of which appear on PBS's “Independent Lens” series.  But beginning on Monday, the organization will present a series of brief, fictional films that cast social issues into the future …
Discussion: WebNewser
 
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Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
Will Felicia Day's Online Success Transfer Offline?
Discussion: TVbytheNumbers
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
News Corp. plays harder to get
Editor and Publisher:
‘Dodge City Daily Globe’ Reporter Who Testified in Murder Case Gets Fired
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Seattle's Questionland builds Q&A community around popular alt.weekly The Stranger
Dorian Benkoil / PoynterOnline:
Can Ad Networks & Exchanges Help Increase Ad Prices (Instead of Driving Them Down)?
Carolyn Kellogg / Los Angeles Times:
Book tour? More like a safari
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Tumblr Hits Major Milestones, Plans to Start Generating Revenue
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Kerry Lauerman / Salon:
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Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
The New York Times is hiring 12 techies and a social media whiz
Discussion: NYConvergence