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3:20 AM ET, March 9, 2010

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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. …
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.
Discussion: The Hot Blog and LA Observed
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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: Variety, The Wrap and 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
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.
Discussion: Poynter Online and paidContent
Kerry Lauerman / Salon:
The story behind Oscar's “Kanye moment”  —  We talk to the two filmmakers whose personal fight became one of the ceremony's weirdest moments … People are already saying you “pulled a Kanye.”  What happened?  —  BURKETT: What happened was the director and I had a bad difference …
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: Poynter and RJI
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 …
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: broadstuff and TechFlash
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
Statistics for a changing world: Google Public Data Explorer in Labs  —  Last year, we released a public data search feature that enables people to quickly find useful statistics in search.  More recently, we expanded this service to include information from the World Bank, such as population data for every region in the world.
Dorian Benkoil / PoynterOnline:
Can Ad Networks & Exchanges Help Increase Ad Prices (Instead of Driving Them Down)?  —  It's generally said that advertising networks and exchanges push down the price of advertising on the Web, making it harder for publishers to get top dollar and support quality editorial products.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Real Reason AOL Can't Spend More Than $100 Million On An Acquisition (AOL)  —  AOL CFO Artie Minson and CEO Tim Armstrong keep telling analysts there will be no Bebo-esque, “hail mary” acquisitions in the company's near future.  —  Now we know the real reason why: AOL's creditors won't allow it.
Adalian / The Wrap:
Ratings: Oscars Most-Watched Since 2005  —  Sunday's Oscar cast attracted 41.3 million viewers, the best since 2005 and a roughly 15 percent gain from 2009's show.  —  That's according to fast national, time zone-adjusted ratings from Nielsen.  It's a two-year up-trend for the Oscars, which last year averaged 36.3 million viewers.
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Dirk Smillie / Forbes:
Digital Lift-Off  —  Web ads to get a 10% boost in 2010.  For the first time advertisers will spend more on digital than print.  —  We've been waiting for this: A study by Outsell, to be released Monday, reveals that U.S. advertisers are spending more this year on digital media than on print.
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Greg Bensinger / Bloomberg:   Online Ad Spending to Surpass Print in U.S. This Year
 
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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
Carolyn Kellogg / Los Angeles Times:
Book tour? More like a safari
Discussion: Jacket Copy and The Book Bench
Toni Fitzgerald / Media Life Magazine:
With Games, NBC wins February sweeps
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner
 Earlier Picks: 
Variety:
Fox sets up base in Abu Dhabi
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Cable Channel to Offer Giant Octopi and Big Cats
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner
Dan Le Batard / MiamiHerald.com:
Anything goes in gossip world of ‘journalism’
Discussion: The Big Lead
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
At 10 Years, A Magazine Finds Time To Celebrate
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
The New York Times is hiring 12 techies and a social media whiz
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
In lean times, TV reporters must be jacks of all trades
Discussion: TVNewser and Journalism.co.uk
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Bloomberg BusinessWeek's Bullish