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2:15 PM 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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Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:   McCarthy Fired After 31 Years at Variety: 'It's the End of Something'
LAT Blogs / The Big Picture:
Variety lays an egg: Is firing its critics really ‘economic reality’?
Business Wire:
The New York Times Company Names Robert Christie Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications  —  The New York Times Company announced today it has named Robert H. Christie to the post of senior vice president of corporate communications.  He is charged with the planning …
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Robert MacMillan / MediaFile:
New York Times poaches Wall Street Journal spokesman Christie
Discussion: GigaOM and Techdirt
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
Jim O'Neill / Online Video News:
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.
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
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
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Murdoch: Gulf states should open up to foreign media  —  News Corporation chief says region should cut regulation and end censorship, and promotes idea of paying for content  —  Read the full text of Rupert Murdoch's speech (pdf)  —  Rupert Murdoch has called on Gulf states to open …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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
Eric Deggans / blogs.tampabay.com:
Jimmy Fallon hosts live performance of Lazy Sunday  —  It seems almost quaint to think about it now.  But there was a time when TV networks were so freaked out about people circulating their best moments on YouTube, they actually tried to stop it from happening.
Discussion: Mediaite
 
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Cisco Unveils “Next-Generation” Routing System to Speed Up Video on the Web
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
GlobalPost betting that international news will have online appeal
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Newspapers over-dependent on advertising, says Levy
Discussion: Romenesko and Variety
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC Creating Digital Literacy Corp, Ponders Free/Low Cost Broadband Service
Discussion: KnightBlog
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Publisher profits dive 1.7x faster than sales
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
Andy Richter slams NBC, Jay Leno over Conan O'Brien ‘Tonight’ …
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‘Sopranos’ Creator To Film Rock Drama
 Earlier Picks: 
James Montgomery / MTV:
Lady Gaga Planning Ambitious 3-D Concert, DVD
Discussion: Perez Hilton and Gizmodo
Tricia Duryee / paidContent:
CBS Adds Live 3G Streaming To March Madness App; Charges $9.99
Discussion: WebNewser
Marshall's Curated FabulousNess:
Tech startups, exclusivity and our competitors (some thoughts)
Discussion: Scripting News and ReadWriteWeb
Oliver Willis / Media Matters for America:
Glenn Beck advertiser offers “survival seeds” …
Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:
Will Felicia Day's Online Success Transfer Offline?
Discussion: TVbytheNumbers