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9:45 AM ET, March 7, 2011

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Felix Salmon:
The FT's decline  —  I had a hard-to-follow Twitter debate yesterday about the FT's paywall, where a couple of FT types — Alan Beattie and John Gapper — told me that the latest numbers for digital subscribers show that I was wrong when I criticized the FT's strategy in October 2007.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
AOL-HuffPo Deal Officially Closes Today-More Big Media Hires Signal New Content Direction Under Arianna  —  AOL will officially close its $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post today, according to several sources close to the situation.  —  The culmination of the deal-which has already …
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John Koblin / WWD Media Headlines:
Memo Pad: Joanne Lipman's Newsweek Debut  —  JOANNE LIPMAN RETURNS: Joanne Lipman, the former Portfolio editor in chief — who has held a relatively low profile since the business magazine was shut down 23 months ago — will write regularly for Tina Brown's new Newsweek.
Discussion: Newsweek and Talking Biz News
Tim MacMahon / ESPN:
Mark Cuban, Charlie Sheen in talks  —  DALLAS — Mark Cuban, the outspoken billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, and controversial actor Charlie Sheen could soon be business partners.  —  Cuban confirmed Sunday evening that he's had several conversations with Sheen recently …
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New York Times:   Sheen Is Surrounded by a Coterie of Enablers
New York Times:
China Tracks Foreign Journalists  —  BEIJING — Western journalists have lately been tolerated in China, if grudgingly, but the spread of revolution in the Middle East has prompted the authorities here to adopt a more familiar tack: suddenly, foreign reporters are being tracked and detained …
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Al Jazeera English Plans Show Centered on Social Networking  —  As the Arab world reels with revolutions fomented in part online, Al Jazeera English is planning a new talk show that has social networking at its heart.  —  It's just lucky timing, says Ahmed Shihab-Eldin …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Squall Hits ‘The Atlantic’  —  Andrew Sullivan's exit puts mag's turnaround in peril  —  Less than three months ago, The Atlantic had a lot to celebrate.  Thanks to an infusion of digital ad revenue, 2010 had been a good year for the magazine, one in which it turned a profit for the first time in at least a decade.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
‘Today’ Show Moves to Today.com and Stresses Video Clips  —  The “Today” show on Tuesday morning will produce a second show just for the Web — something that seems inherently competitive with its main telecast.  —  But the webcast, called “The Today.com Show,” is largely a promotional affair …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
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Alex Weprin / TVNewser:   NBC's ‘Today’ Going Behind the Scenes Tuesday
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
TV's Next Wave: Tuning In to You  —  The television is channeling you.  —  Data-gathering firms and technology companies are aggressively matching people's TV-viewing behavior with other personal data—in some cases, prescription-drug records obtained from insurers—and using …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Comments Have Silenced The Trolls — But Is It Too Quiet?  —  As you've noticed by now, we're about a week into our latest experiment in troll-slaying with Facebook Comments.  So far, the reactions have been very mixed and very interesting.  Publicly, many of the reactions were initially negative.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Mobile First, and a Mag  —  Two French journalists come to me with a question: which business model for their new project?  They are about to resuscitate a fairly well-know trade journalism brand, planning to go mostly online — and marginally on dead trees.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Twitter's “Quickbar Uprising” Is Nothing: Wait Till The Ads Really Show Up  —  Some people hate Twitter's new iPhone app, and Twitter is listening: It's going to change the app slightly.  —  Which won't appease the people who hate Twitter's new iPhone app at all.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
MSNBC's Newest Pit Bull  —  Lawrence O'Donnell seems indifferent about his new career as a cable anchor.  Howard Kurtz talks to him about his unlikely rise, why people hate him—and why O'Reilly can't get under his skin.  —  Lawrence O'Donnell doesn't sound like he wants to be talking about himself or his prime-time cable show.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
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