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11:40 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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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 …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Q&A: New York Times Digital Czar Martin Nisenholtz on the Paywall, Pricing, Google and Apple  —  A lot of you have done a lot of reading, and a lot of writing, about the New York Times' digital paywall/subscription plans.  And if any of you who care about this stuff haven't read Ken Doctor's dissection …
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 one workaround has sprung up.  —  The Times scheme allows readers 20 free stories per month before they have to pay.
Bill Mitchell / Poynter:
New York Times subscription plans all about one challenge: Reader migration  —  The digital subscription plans announced Thursday by the New York Times make clear that it's time to retire the paywall metaphor.  In fact, what the Times is really talking about is a forced march of its readers.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
New York Times paywall: wishful thinking or just crazy?
David Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Libya Says It Will Release Times Journalists  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Four New York Times journalists missing in Libya since Tuesday were captured by forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and will be released Friday, his son, Seif Islam el-Qaddafi, told Christiane Amanpour in an ABC News interview.
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,
Discussion: CJR, The Daily Caller, Mixed Media and GalleyCat, Thanks:m4tt
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
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.
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
Summit Scandal At The Hollywood Reporter  —  EXCLUSIVE: I have learned that editors of The Hollywood Reporter this month deleted embarrassing information about Summit Entertainment principals from a financial story about the studio's refinancing in order to “horse-trade” …
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Glam Media Buys BBS Media As Part Of Canadian Expansion  —  Lifestyle blog network Glam Media has acquired Canadian brand advertising media company BBS Media (Boxer B-Scene Media).  The deal, terms of which were undisclosed, is part of Glam's entry into the Canadian market and will serve …
Phoebe Connelly / The Atlantic Online:
SXSW 2011: The Year of the Librarian  —  Tech for tech's sake is over.  In a year when social media is helping inform our coverage of everything from political upheaval in the Middle East to the unfolding nuclear disaster in Japan, your app better do something more than be cool.
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
 
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