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4:45 PM ET, March 8, 2011

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Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. to Rent Movies Digitally on Facebook, Starting With ‘Dark Knight’ … Warner Bros. is turning to Facebook, where it hopes to find an electronic audience interested in digitally renting The Dark Knight.  —  Warners said Monday that it is the first Hollywood studio to offer movies directly on Facebook.
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Meet Your New Media Company: Facebook  —  Social Network Starts Movie Rentals, Threatening Apple, Netflix, Hulu  —  A big, powerful wild card just entered the movie distribution business.  Warner Bros. Entertainment announced today it will begin distributing movies for sale and for rent through Facebook …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media  —  EVERYONE FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA TO TED KOPPEL IS BEMOANING A DECLINE IN JOURNALISTIC SUBSTANCE, SERIOUSNESS, AND SENSE OF PROPORTION.  BUT THE AUTHOR, A LONGTIME ADVOCATE OF THESE VALUES, TAKES A JOURNEY THROUGH THE DIGITAL-MEDIA WORLD …
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
Gannett Considers Charging for Online Newspaper Content, CEO Dubow Says  —  Gannett Co., the owner of 82 newspapers including USA Today, is considering charging for its online content, Chief Executive Officer Craig Dubow said.  —  The company, which also owns television stations …
Dan Frommer / The Wire:
Google Really, Officially, Finally Is A Media Company  —  In case you still had any doubts, Google is now OFFICIALLY a media company.  —  YouTube just finally closed its acquisition of Next New Networks, a NYC-based startup in the online video production industry.  —  (Click here to flip through NNN's most famous videos.)
Discussion: SAI
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
YouTube Makes Acquisition to Move Beyond Home Videos
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Nine Questions on the Dallas Morning News Pay Plan  —  Don't mess with Texas, Lyle Lovett has advised us.  That may be worth keeping in mind as publisher Jim Moroney turns a lot of conventional wisdom on its ear and launches a pay wall in America's fifth-largest metro area and eighth-largest city.
Discussion: WebNewser and Mike Orren
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Newspapers Hope Readers Will Throw Money Over the Wall
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
NPR executives caught on tape bashing conservatives and Tea Party, touting liberals  —  A man who appears to be a senior National Public Radio senior executive, Ron Schiller, has been captured on camera savaging conservatives and the Tea Party movement.  —  “The current Republican Party …
Matt Waite / Nieman Journalism Lab:
To build a digital future for news, developers must be able to hack at the core of old systems  —  Editor's Note: Matt Waite was until recently news technologist at the St. Petersburg Times, where — among many other projects — he was the primary developer behind Politifact, which won a Pulitzer Prize.
Discussion: Hot Type Consulting
John Shaughnessy / Thomson Reuters:
THOMSON REUTERS LAUNCHES NEXT-GENERATION PROFESSIONAL NEWS OFFERINGS  —  Reuters powers new services for science, legal, tax and accounting pros  —  Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, is launching a suite of news products designed …
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:   Look out, TMZ!: Reuters to distribute ‘paparazzi-type footage’
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Facebook Is Not the Cure For Bad Comments  —  There's been a lot of discussion recently about Facebook-powered comments, which have been implemented at a number of major blogs and other publishers (including here at GigaOM) over the past couple of weeks.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A perpetual motion machine for investigative reporting: CPI and PRI partner on state corruption project  —  There is a flaw in the investigative reporting model and it has to do with longevity.  Follow me on this for a second: A reporter works months at a time scouring documents, meeting sources …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Spotify Toots Its Own Horn: One Million Paying Subscribers  —  Nope, Spotify still isn't in the U.S. yet.  But the European streaming music service does have something to announce.  It has a million paying subscribers, CEO Daniel Ek writes in a blog post.  —  Truth in blog posts about blog posts: The number isn't news.
Michael Oneal / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Co. bankruptcy nearing finish line  —  Questions, answers as lawyers for media firm, creditors head to confirmation hearings in Delaware  —  After 27 months of legal wrangling, Tribune Co. and its creditors are finally headed into what could be the deciding chapter of the company's tangled bankruptcy saga.
Discussion: Media Buyer Planner and Poynter
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Mog, the Digital Music Service, Takes Aim at the TV and the Car  —  The next frontier for digital music is not a tablet or a smartphone, but two items that have been part of everyday life for decades: the car and the television set.  —  For years, digital music has been confined mostly to traditional computers and phones.
Discussion: rbr.com and CNET News
Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Publishers must focus on the open Web, not Android, to gain upper hand with Apple  —  The launch of the Motorola Xoom tablet last month has rekindled hopes that Android tablets may take a bite out of Apple's dominance of mobile publishing.  But for media companies, “Apple vs. Android” is a false choice.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Comments, Video, Push Slate Ad Revs Up 33 Percent In '10  —  The Slate Group, The Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) Co.'s online-only unit house Slate.com, The Root.com, and ForeignPolicy.com, says that combined ad revenue from all those sites gained 33 last year.
Discussion: Poynter
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
‘Tosh.0’ turns Internet videos into laughs, cash for Comedy Central  —  The hit TV show that features comedian Daniel Tosh has caught on with young male viewers, becoming a must-buy for advertisers.  —  Comedian Daniel Tosh appears on the set of Comedy Central's hit TV show “Tosh.0” before taping.
 
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
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