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8:05 AM ET, March 18, 2011

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Apple Gets Its First Big Publisher: New York Times Subscriptions Will Be Sold Through iTunes  —  The New York Times has finally unveiled its paywall plans, a year-plus in the making.  —  And with the Times' announcement, Steve Jobs gets his first big publisher to announce it is signing …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Times Announces Digital Subscription Plan  —  The New York Times rolled out a plan on Thursday to begin charging the most frequent users of its Web site $15 a month in a bet that readers would pay for news they have grown accustomed to getting free.  —  Beginning March 28 …
Lois Beckett / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Please stop calling it a wall”: First thoughts on the Times' pay plan  —  Editor's Note: Now that we know the details of The New York Times' long-awaited paywall plan, what's the reaction to it?  We asked some of our favorite media thinkers — including, of course, some of those who made predictions …
Discussion: Online NewsHour and Media Nation
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
New York Times paywall: wishful thinking or just crazy?  —  The New York Times just announced a new paywall that will let you see 20 articles a month and thereafter redirect you to a signup for paid access.  However, if you follow a NYT link from some search engines and services like Twitter …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Newsonomics of The New York Times' pay fence  —  Editor's Note: Each week, Ken Doctor — author of Newsonomics and longtime watcher of the business side of digital news — writes about the economics of news for the Lab.  —  It's official — and the world still turns.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
New York Times Paywall Workaround Springs Up Already  —  It hasn't even been 12 hours since the New York Times announced they're implementing a fairly complex paywall scheme, and already at least workaround has sprung up.  —  The Times scheme allows readers 20 free stories per month before they have to pay.
Discussion: CJR
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
All You Need To Know About The NYTimes.com Paywall
Ian Cobain / Guardian:
US spy operation that manipulates social media  —  Military's ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda  —  Jeff Jarvis: Washington shows the morals of a clumsy spammer  —  The US military is developing software that will let it secretly …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Newspaper Guild calls on HuffPo's unpaid writers to withhold their work  —  Romenesko Misc.  —  A Guild release says: “In response to the Huffington Post's refusal to compensate its thousands of writers in the wake of its $315 merger with AOL, the Newspaper Guild has requested a meeting …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Courtney Boyd Myers / The Next Web:
Should unpaid writers for The Huffington Post go on strike?  —  The Newspaper Guild of America, which represents 26,000 media employees across the country, released a statement yesterday, encouraging all unpaid writers at The Huffington Post to stop working.  —  The Guild writes,
MediaShift:
A Twitter Chat About Writer Pay Rates in the Digital Age  —  Business content on MediaShift is sponsored by the weekend MA in Public Communication at American University.  Designed for working professionals, the program is suited to career changers and public relations or social marketing professionals seeking career advancement.
Discussion: Soup
Steve Rosenbaum / Mashable!:
Why Curation Is Just as Important as Creation [OPINION]  —  This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.  —  Steven Rosenbaum is a curator, author, filmmaker and entrepreneur.  He is the CEO of Magnify.net, a real-time video curation engine for publishers, brands, and websites.
Discussion: Sparksheet
Johnnie L. Roberts / The Wrap:
Is the Relationship Between Apple and Disney Too Close for Comfort?  —  Apple and Disney are Hollywood's best friends with benefits — and not everyone is happy about it.  —  The informal corporate couple currently are coyly hooking up in a cross-promotion of iPad 2 and content over at Apple.com.
Discussion: GigaOM
Max Colchester / Wall Street Journal:
Selling Video Scoops Online  —  Citizenside, other websites collect and syndicate amateur videos to professional news groups  —  PARIS—French website Citizenside recently sold a grainy video of British fashion designer John Galliano conducting an anti-Semitic rant to news organizations around the world.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scribd's HTML5-Based Document Viewer Is Now Portable, Retroactively Upgrades 20M+ Embeds  —  Last May, document sharing hub Scribd launched one of its biggest features yet: a document reader based entirely in HTML5.  Up until then Scribd had presented its documents using …
Discussion: MacStories and VentureBeat
 
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Felix Salmon / @felixsalmon:
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
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Jonathan Seitz / Nieman Reports:
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: Poynter