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6:50 PM ET, March 9, 2010

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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 …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Chief Economist: “Newspapers Have Never Made Much Money From News”
Discussion: Newspaper Death Watch
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.
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  —  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.
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
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
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
City Room:
Producer Pleads Guilty in Letterman Extortion Case  —  Updated Robert Halderman, the man accused of trying to extort $2 million from David Letterman, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan and will serve six months in jail.  —  As part of the plea agreement …
Sarah Rabil / Bloomberg:
Viacom Says ‘Daily Show’ May Return to Hulu if Model Changes  —  Viacom Inc. Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman said “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” may return to Hulu.com if the video site's business model changes.  —  “On the current economic model for Hulu there's …
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.
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,” …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Get Your Reading Glasses Out: Here Come the YouTube-Viacom Files  —  Want to lose yourself in the truckloads of paperwork the YouTube-Viacom case has generated?  You're going to get your wish in the near future.  —  That's the upshot of a federal judge's ruling ordering both sides …
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 …
Lindsay Fortado / Bloomberg:
Pink Floyd Suing EMI Label Over Online Royalties  —  Pink Floyd, the band that recorded the best-selling album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ is suing record label EMI Group Ltd. in London over online royalty payments and the sale of single tracks.  —  The band is asking for clarification …
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.
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.
bengoldacre:
no movement on the BBC's bizarre links policy  —  here;s the background:  —  below is their email back to me this afternoon, and my rambling hurried response.  —  it's odd that they don't get it, and i don't understand why they're so against linking to journal articles, when their arguments so obviously dont hold water.
Erik Wemple / City Desk:
Star Biz Reporter Jumps from WaPo to NYT  —  Binyamin Appelbaum, an anchor of the Washington Post's national business coverage for two years, is leaving the paper for the rival New York Times.  Speaking of his soon-to-be employer, Appelbaum notes: “It's a phenomenal paper and and incredible audience …
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
BusinessWeek Prepares for Round Two of Layoffs  —  The other shoe is about to drop at BusinessWeek — or Bloomberg BusinessWeek, as it's been officially known since the financial news giant bought it last October.  —  Shortly after taking over the 80-year-old magazine, Bloomberg pruned its staff by a reported 30%.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Guardian:
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Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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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
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC Creating Digital Literacy Corp, Ponders Free/Low Cost Broadband Service
Discussion: KnightBlog and GigaOM
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Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
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Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Murdoch: Gulf states should open up to foreign media
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
GateHouse fires subpoenaed Kansas reporter for comments about legal representation
Robert Eisenhart / Editors Weblog:
Facebook: A place to share articles on the weekend
Discussion: Dan Zarrella
Phil Rosenthal / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Tribune to produce pages for sister paper in Virginia