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1:30 PM ET, March 7, 2011

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David Carr / New York Times:
The Fading Power of Beck's Alarms  —  Almost every time I flipped on television last week, there was a deeply angry guy on a running tirade about the conspiracies afoot, the enemies around all corners, and how he alone seemed to understand what was under way.
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:   Will Fox News and Glenn Beck split up?
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 …
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
Discussion: Company Town and Deadspin
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 …
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 …
Henry Blodget / SAI:
BUSINESS INSIDER: The Full Monty  —  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.  Sometimes, the information is “competitive.”  Sometimes it's “confidential.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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.
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.
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: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
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 …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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.
 
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Charles Apple:
What will the top of page one of YOUR Gannett paper look like Monday?
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Writers Get Close on Web
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Mobile First, and a Mag  —  Two French journalists come …
Discussion: Editors Weblog
John Koblin / WWD Media Headlines:
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Mike Swift / Mercury News:
In YouTube, Google finds a nimble model to compete with Facebook
Arthur S. Brisbane / New York Times:
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