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6:25 PM ET, March 3, 2011

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 Top News: 
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Newsweek's 'not your Grandpa Jon's magazine anymore'  —  Tina Brown has been shopping her redesigned Newsweek prototype to advertisers for weeks.  But on Wednesday, the rank-and-file workers at Brown's recently integrated Newsweek-Daily Beast operation finally got a peek.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Plum TV's Lehman Named NBCU's President, Digital Networks  —  Nicholas Lehman, formerly CEO of lifestyle Plum TV, has joined NBC Universal (NSDQ: CMCSA) as president of Digital for NBCUniversal's Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media division (E&DN/IM).
Discussion: MediaMemo
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
@ pC2011: Zalaznick: Don't Blame Hulu For Lack Of Cable Programming Streams
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Facebook comments: Friend or foe for pubs?  —  In its highly successful effort to insinuate itself into every aspect of our lives, Facebook now is offering publishers the opportunity to outsource comments on their websites to the social networking juggernaut.
Discussion: MarketingVOX
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Gawker Media traffic down 25 percent since redesign  —  A few weeks ago, Gawker Media disputed reports that its traffic had plummeted due to the redesign recently implemented across its blog network.  And Gawker boss Nick Denton had even recently made a cash bet that the relaunch wouldn't cost him page views.
Discussion: paidContent, The Wrap, The Wire and Soup
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Demand Media Buys Liveblogging Tool CoverItLive  —  On the heels of its entry to the public market, content farm Demand Media has just acquired CoverItLive, a liveblogging tool.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  CoverItLive provides an extensive tool one can use …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Twitter Story Fail  —  It's amazing to me how wrong The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times were on their Twitter fundraising stories last week.  All claimed multiple independent sources, but everyone got the story wrong in the same way.
Bill Reader / E.W. Scripps School of Journalism:
TBD is CTD: The fast rise and fall of a CJ startup  —  Just six months after it launched to much fanfare, the Washington, D.C., area community journalism site TBD.com (short for, it is suggested, “To Be Determined") is CTD (short for “circling the drain").  Some suggest it was too ambitious …
Discussion: The Buttry Diary and Poynter
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times vs. Bloomberg News: It's War!  —  The stated goal of Bloomberg News is to be “the world's most influential news organization.”  That's unsettling to The New York Times, which currently holds that distinction, or at least likes to think of itself that way.
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Baseless speculation!  Frank Rich and the price of paywalls for writers  —  Jack Shafer summed up Frank Rich's upcoming move from The New York Times to New York magazine like so: “Unless the deal came with Bloombergian bags of cash, it makes no sense.”  —  True.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Hunt approves News Corp plan for Sky News  —  Sky News to be spun off into new company to pave way for News Corp takeover of BSkyB  —  The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has approved News Corporation's plan to spin off Sky News, clearing the way for its proposed £8bn purchase of the 61% of BSkyB it does not already own.
Kim Zetter / Epicenter:
TED 2011: Al Jazeera Director on Power of Middle East Revolutions  —  LONG BEACH, California — “I am here to tell you that the future that we were dreaming for [in the Middle East] has eventually arrived,” Wadah Khanfar, director general of the Al Jazeera network, told the audience …
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
DirecTV poised to launch premium video-on-demand as theater executives voice outrage [Updated]  —  DirecTV is in advanced talks to be Hollywood's first partner for early video-on-demand, a plan that is putting it in the cross hairs of the nation's top theater chains.
Discussion: paidContent and TVWeek.com
MediaShift Idea Lab:
Kachingle is Overrated, So Let's Stop Writing About It  —  As someone developing a new online ad platform for newspapers and magazines (NowSpots), I read a lot of news about the news industry.  Waking up and reading the latest industry headlines on MediaGazer is always a highlight of my morning …
Discussion: Mashable!
Mandy / Zombie Journalism:
Four key things TBD did right  —  There's been all kinds of stories, analyses and blog posts written by journalism thinkers about “why TBD failed” or “things that went wrong at TBD”.  While these have made some valuable notes for those who want to launch or work for startups in the future …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Randall Rothenberg Talks About Coming Back to IAB  —  And What He Found at Time Inc.  —  At the Interactive Advertising Bureau's conference on Feb. 28, Randall Rothenberg could barely get a bite or a word out before someone in attendance came up to quickly offer thanks for his return.
Discussion: Poynter
Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Instapaper's Arment: Seek Money From Customers, Not VCs  —  Marco Arment, the former chief technology officer of the Tumblr blog platform, is best known these days for his time-shifting reading app Instapaper.  But he could start a side-job as a financial advisor to start-ups.
 
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MediaShift:
Will Righthaven Copyright Lawsuits Change Excerpting Online?
Discussion: citmedialaw.org
Mark Lisheron / American Journalism Review:
Raft World  —  CBS and ESPN basketball analyst Bill Raftery …
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Tales from the Echo Chamber
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of roll-up  —  Editor's Note: Each week …
Dana Rubinstein / Capital New York:
Where news of the weird is king: AOL is serious about U.F.O.s, magic trees, Vicki Lawrence statues
Hugo Lindgren / New York Times:
The Way We Blog Now
Discussion: Capital New York and FishbowlNY
 Earlier Picks: 
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
HBO Doubles Down On TV Everywhere
Discussion: TheFutonCritic.com and CNET News
David Pogue / New York Times:
Memo From Comcast: Embrace the Web in All Forms
Mark S. Luckie / 10,000 Words:
MSNBC: Pushing the envelope of design
Discussion: The Huffington Post and UnBeige
Amy Dunkin / CUNY Graduate School of Journalism:
Tom Robbins Named CUNY J-School's First Investigative Journalist in Residence
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlNY
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The tedious, annoying complaints of public radio listeners.