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12:40 AM ET, March 8, 2011

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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
YouTube Makes Acquisition to Move Beyond Home Videos  —  SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube, the video site owned by Google, formally announced on Monday that it had acquired Next New Networks, a Web video production company, in its biggest effort yet to move beyond short, quirky home videos to professionally produced content.
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Alex Pham / Company Town:
Google's YouTube buys Next New Networks  —  Hoping to “supercharge” the next generation of online video stars, Google Inc.'s online video site YouTube on Monday announced it has purchased Next New Networks for an undisclosed sum.  —  As reported in Company Town in December …
Henry Blodget / The Wire:
BUSINESS INSIDER SECRETS REVEALED: An Inside Look At Our Readership And Financial Performance  —  Most private companies zealously protect details about financial and operating performance, refusing to release so much as a revenue number.  —  The logic for this secrecy varies.
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Felix Salmon:   The economics of Business Insider
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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Sam Gustin / Epicenter:
Does Arianna Huffington Have Enough Magic Touch Left to Save AOL?
Discussion: Mixed Media and WebProNews
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Sheen On Ustream: A Wasted Opportunity  —  “The future of television is happening right now,” tweeted someone sitting pretty in the medium's present, Survivor host Jeff Probst.  But from the looks of the video to which he linked, a live stream of the ubiquitous Charlie Sheen, the future is going to have to wait.
Discussion: Company Town and VatorNews
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Mike Orren:
Paywall, ho!  —  It's official- the Dallas Morning News paywall goes live tomorrow.  We've had about a month to preview the new site and to get used to more rigorous registration requirements.  Now, it's game on.  After the jump, Jim Moroney's email to the troops and my thoughts: #
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and WebNewser
Jim Rendon / Mother Jones:
Dan Rather: Inside Mark Cuban's Gilded Cage  —  At 79, the former CBS anchorman is still kicking ass and winning Emmys.  But with his exposés sandwiched between pro wrestling and Girls Gone Wild, is anybody watching?  —  Post Comment  —  DAN RATHER IS EBULLIENT, more so than usual …
Discussion: Poynter, The Big Picture and TVNewser
Deena Higgs Nenad / EditorandPublisher.com:
Former AP Reporter Nears Profit After Starting a Paper From Scratch  —  Former Associated Press reporter Dan Robrish learned many valuable lessons when he started a newspaper from scratch in a small south central Pennsylvania borough one year ago.  The most critical: Wrap up personal stuff …
Discussion: J-Source and MediaPost
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Look out, TMZ!:  Reuters to distribute ‘paparazzi-type footage’  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  Reuters says distributing Hollywood TV's footage of celebrities serves “a crucial role for entertainment programming needs” and complements the celebrity and entertainment coverage currently offered by Reuters.
Jonathan S. Paul / tenones.tumblr.com:
To the Reader, Thank you for reading 111-111-1111  —  To the Reader, Thank you for reading 111-111-1111 — Ten Ones — my real-time edit of NYTimes.com visual matter.  At the urging of The New York Times legal department, I have suspended postings and removed the archive.
Discussion: Felix Salmon, Techdirt and Soup
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Who owns newspaper companies?  The banks, funds, and investors and their (big) slices of the industry  —  Who owns America's newspapers?  —  In January, I detailed how a hedge fund named Alden Global Capital, which played a role in the shakeup at MediaNews Group, also had significant holdings …
John Cook / Gawker:
Talk Radio Is Fake Now  —  Premiere Radio Networks, the radio syndicator that brings you Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, knows better than anyone that its audience consists almost exclusively of mouth-breathing illiterates.  That can make talk radio, which theoretically relies on the ability …
Newsweek:
My Favorite Mistake: Harvey Weinstein  —  Harvey Weinstein on smoking with Kate Moss—and his failed social network.  —  There are two things that come very easily to me: rooting for New York sports teams and making mistakes.  One of my all-time classics happened when I took a plane …
Discussion: The Awl, The Wrap and Guardian
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Welcome to GeekWire, from John Cook and Todd Bishop  —  For years we've covered the adventures of entrepreneurs large and small, successful and not-so-much — living vicariously through their attempts to build meaningful technology products and businesses.  We've learned a lot along the way.
Discussion: eMoney and Talking Biz News
Chris O'Shea / mediabistro.com:
The Best/Worst Selling Magazine Covers of 2010  —  In the latest issue of min, the best and worst selling magazines of 2010 are listed.  This New York cover from April of last year was the magazine's best seller, while its worst was actually a pretty interesting one: The Curse of Spider-Man from November.
Discussion: Adweek
Atlantic Wire:
Eric Schmidt: What I Read  —  How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all?  Do they have some secret?  Perhaps.  We are asking various people who seem well-informed to describe their media diets.  This is from a conversation with Google CEO Eric Schmidt …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Familiar Bylines Grace Tina Brown's Newsweek  —  Harvey Weinstein.  Leslie H. Gelb.  Kathleen Parker.  —  Tina Brown reached for some of the more well-worn cards in her Rolodex to write articles for the debut issue of her newly redesigned Newsweek, which hit newsstands today.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
YouTube Grabs Another Hollywood Guy: Paramount's Alex Carloss  —  YouTube is still trying to figure out how to link up with Hollywood.  Maybe Alex Carloss will help.  —  Until last week, Carloss was head of digital distribution at Viacom's Paramount.  Now he's a Google employee, working on YouTube's content acquisition team.
Matt Thompson / Poynter:
A 5-minute framework for fostering better conversations in comments sections  —  Last week, my news organization announced we were evolving our online commenting practices a bit to improve the quality of discourse on NPR.org.  —  Our comment threads drew some attention recently when a comment thread …
Jeremy Peters / Media Decoder:
Glamour's iPad Series to Let Viewers Buy Clothes From Gap  —  The ability to buy products strategically placed on television programs — a handbag clutched by the actress Blake Lively on “Gossip Girl” or a suit worn by the actor Jon Hamm on “Mad Men” — with the click of a button has always …
Robert Hernandez / Online Journalism Review:
Q & A with Al Jazeera Online Producer Bilal Randeree  —  By Robert Hernandez: Without a doubt, the leading news organization covering the historic Middle East unrest is Al Jazeera.  Available in limited markets here, their website has been the home for its impressive coverage.
Verne G. Kopytoff / New York Times:
Sites Like Twitter Absent From Free Speech Pact  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Google, Yahoo and Microsoft signed a code of conduct intended to protect online free speech and privacy in restrictive countries, the debate over censorship by China was raging, and Internet companies operating …
Discussion: GMSV, Switched and Free Press
 
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