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10:15 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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LAT Blogs / The Big Picture:
Variety lays an egg: Is firing its critics really ‘economic reality’?
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.
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
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google Tests TV Search Service  —  Google Inc. is testing a new television programming search service with Dish Network Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The service—which runs on TV set-top boxes using elements of Google's Android operating system …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing TV Search Service With Dish Network
Discussion: comScore, Inc.
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 …
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?
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
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: Journalism.co.uk and 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.
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) …
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 …
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.
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
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
 
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