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6:35 AM ET, March 23, 2010

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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Local Blog Network Gothamist Being Bought by Cablevision's Rainbow Media  —  Gothamist, the local city blog network that is best known for its New York City edition, is being acquired by Cablevision-owned Rainbow Media, paidContent has learned.  The price is between $5 million to $6 million …
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Foster Kamer / Runnin' Scared:
BlogBeat: Gothamist Sells Out to Cablevision, James Dolan Presumably Excited to Ruin Another News Outlet  —  ​Gothamist — the New York City metro news blog and subsequent locally-based “Ist” properties — long a punchline among bloggers who poked at its overly excitable tones …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
The Official Google Blog:
A new approach to China: an update  —  On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chinese Media On The Google Situation: Nothing To See Here, Move Along
Discussion: Guardian and All Things Digital
Media Decoder:
Perseus Signs an EBooks Deal for the iPad  —  Apple's iBookstore on the forthcoming iPad is set to get larger.  The company has just signed a deal with the largest distributor of independent publishers to sell electronic versions of it books on the new device.
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Richard Perez-Pena / Media Decoder:
The Times Introduces a Daily Video Report  —  The New York Times on Monday began producing a daily video on its Web site, summarizing the big news stories of the day.  —  The program, called TimesCast, lasting a few minutes, will appear on the nytimes.com home page at 1 p.m. each day …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   TechCrunch Poaches Forbes Anchor To Launch Video Product
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Fake Area Newspaper Gets Real Television Show  —  The Onion, the satirical news organization that broke the fake story that the smoke monster from “Lost” would receive its own spin-off series and cheekily reported that television critics who praised “The Wire” had never seen the show, is itself headed to the small screen.
Mark McLaughlin / Media on HuffingtonPost.com:
Audiences Don't Pay for Content  —  The media industry needs to get healthy but we won't get there if we think about the Internet as the reason that consumers have stopped paying for content.  Instead, we need to take a dispassionate view of mass media content and ask ourselves why the Internet …
Jason Fry / Reinventing the Newsroom:
Facebook and the Future of Refrigerator Journalism  —  Last month I wrote about how finding information and choosing what to read makes the Web a more personal medium, an idea that came to me after reading a Q&A with Batavian publisher Howard Owens.  In the comments, Roy Peter Clark raised a good point that's nagged at me ever since:
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
News site visitors look like early tech adopters  —  Far from being fuddy-duddy Luddites, newspaper website visitors actually appear to be early and passionate technology adopters.  —  The surprisingly high interest in high tech among online news consumers is revealed in a ground-breaking poll …
Discussion: New Media Hub and Online
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Murdoch's Unhealthy Obsession  —  Taking on The New York Times isn't risk-free for the Journal  —  Richard Pérez-Peña has several interesting bits in his piece on the soon-to-commence Battle for New York between his own New York Times and Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal.
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Nielsen Wire:
Americans Using TV and Internet Together 35% More Than A Year Ago  —  Americans increased their overall media usage and media multitasking according to The Nielsen Company's latest Three Screen Report, which tracks consumption across TV, Internet and mobile phones.
Knight Foundation:
Initiative Will Seek New National Model For Investigative Journalism  —  $400,000 grant from Knight Foundation will fund project at New England Center for Investigative Reporting  —  BOSTON — Boston University's New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) is launching a new initiative …
Discussion: KnightBlog
Leah Betancourt / E-Media Tidbits:
TweetDeck Newsroom Rollout Continues at Sky News  —  Sky News is taking significant steps to require that its newsroom is literate in social media.  In January, the media company began installing the Twitter desktop application TweetDeck on newsroom computers.
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
TV Sports: Woods's Interviewers Had Limited Time but Missed Chances  —  In five minutes on ESPN and six on the Golf Channel, Tiger Woods did not say much that was new Sunday night.  —  But that does not matter.  Whatever Woods does now is more interesting than it was before his glorious golf career turned …
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Online TV-Watching Becomes Interactive Experience  —  NBC to Unveil Video Viewer Placed Amid Brand-Sponsored Web Content  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Is a computer terminal like a movie screen?  Well, for the past few years, TV networks and other purveyors of TV programs online have tried …
Discussion: MediaPost and WebNewser
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Elisabeth Murdoch on Shine, family succession and ambition  —  Interview: Elisabeth Murdoch reveals her plans for her independent producer, Shine  —  Elisabeth Murdoch sits down, eyes the voice recorder, and says “I have to be careful”.  The head of Shine, the UK's largest independent producer …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
Adult Hardcover Sales Down 8.1 Percent in January  —  In a release today, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) reported that overall book sales for January 2010 had dropped 0.7 percent to $814.9 million.  Adult hardcover sales dropped 8.1 percent over that same period …
Discussion: Gawker
Steve Rosenbaum / The Wire:
Bob Garfield: Mad Prophet of Madison Avenue  —  Bob Garfield has spent most of his professional career in and among the makers of what is now mostly called “Old Media.”  TV shows, magazines, television commercials, and advertising.  —  So when The Mad Prophet of Madison Avenue wandered …
Discussion: ChasNote and AdPulp
Steve Buttry / Pursuing the Complete Community …:
Wanted: Vision for community engagement  —  One of the exciting things about my new job is that we're going to try some things that haven't been done before.  We're going to try some things that haven't been done before on the scale we're doing them.  We're going to try different ways …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Hugo Chavez, Tired Of Oppressing Bloggers, Becomes One  —  Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is ready to find out what all the hype surrounding this “internet” thing is all about.  Chavez announced on his weekend variety show Aló Presidente yesterday that he is about to expand his media empire …
blogs.journalism.co.uk:
Guardian publishes correction... before the readers write in  —  A curious correction in the Guardian on Saturday: for “inappropriate language” in its Guide magazine, published in the same newspaper.  It would seem that someone spotted the potential fall-out, in time for a correction …
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
As the E.U. Does More, Fewer Tell About It  —  BRUSSELS — Winner of a prestigious award in her home country and fluent in three languages, Ina Strazdina is the most influential Latvian journalist in Brussels, the home of the European Union.  —  But even she admits that the competition is not too tough.
 
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C.W. Anderson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Jason Boog / GalleyCat:
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Mike Taylor / FishBowlNY:
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Steve Safran / Lost Remote:
The end of affiliation  —  Local affiliations, as we know them, will go away.
Discussion: B&C