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1:20 PM ET, March 21, 2011

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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Times's Online Pay Model Was Years in the Making  —  The discussions played out over most of 2009 amid the hum of the third floor newsroom and in the executive suites high above Times Square, consuming what seemed like countless meetings and consultants' recommendations.
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David Carr / Media Decoder:
Paying for The Times at SXSW  —  On Thursday, I had lunch with a pal at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference, that annual crush of media and technology people that descends on the lovely town of Austin.  When he offered to pay, I said, “You don't need to do that.”  —  “That's all right,” he said.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Soup
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The Biggest Flaw in NYT Pay Plan: It's Backward-Looking  —  I didn't get a chance to write about the launch of the New York Times subscription plan last week for a number of reasons (okay, I was on a beach) but I've since read most of what others have written about it, and the general consensus seems …
Subtraction.com:
What the NYT Pay Wall Really Costs
Discussion: @tummler10
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
NYTimes' “Fair” Prices
Discussion: Techdirt
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:   How The NYT's Paywall Compares To Those Of Other Big Papers
New York Times:
Libya Releases 4 Times Journalists  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — The Libyan government released four detained New York Times journalists Monday, six days after they were captured while covering the conflict between government and rebel forces in the eastern city of Ajdabiya.  They were released into the custody of Turkish diplomats.
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Rush of Events Gives Foreign News a Top Priority  —  Propelled by revolution in the Middle East and radiation in Japan, television news coverage of foreign events this year is at the highest level since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 10 years ago, news executives in the United States say.
Ben Dowell / Guardian:
BBC World Service signs US deal  —  Low six-figure investment will aim to help combat censorship of TV and internet services in countries including Iran and China  —  The BBC World Service is to receive a “significant” sum of money from the US government to help combat the blocking of TV …
David Carr / New York Times:
The Evolving Mission of Google  —  Today's quiz: What company derives 96 percent of its revenue from advertising, has a video platform that is currently negotiating with the National Basketball Association, a movie studio and various celebrities, and is developing a subscription service …
Discussion: Fortune and Noted
New York Observer:
Foster Kamer Named Senior Editor of ‘The New York Observer’  —  Foster Kamer, currently the online news and features editor for Esquire, will join the staff of The New York Observer as a senior editor and Wall Street reporter.  —  Prior to Esquire, Mr. Kamer reported on media, culture …
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Groupon CEO: We Placed Too Much Trust in Agency for Super Bowl Ads  —  Andrew Mason Says Group-Buying Site ‘Turned Off Part of Its Brain’ When Working With CP&B in Aim to Be ‘Edgy’  —  Talk about adding insult to injury.  —  As if CP&B's breakup last week with one of its biggest clients …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
At Thrillist, Mingling Commerce and Content  —  The Web site Thrillist publishes daily e-mails aimed at a young, male audience, with tips about activities in various cities.  But along with that content, it offers separate e-mails selling clothes and deals at local businesses …
Discussion: SAI, Betabeat and Noted
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Slip and slide: Newspaper industry increases production of scary charts  —  You may have come across the chart-making work of blogger Michael DeGusta last month, when he recrunched some numbers on the music business that illustrated that industry's financial decline.
Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
A Glossy Take on Disney  —  LOS ANGELES — Ask executives at Disney Publishing to explain why they are trying to build a children's subscription magazine business in the United States, and the answer will involve marketplace analysis this and business model that.
Discussion: The Wire
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Web Shows Get Ambitious  —  Tech, Media Companies Race to Create Video Hits That Look, Feel More Like TV  —  Technology and media companies are racing to create Internet-video hits closer to the scale of traditional TV, as consumers start to watch more video on Internet-connected televisions and tablet computers.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Rebecca Black Means The (Internet) Fame Game Has Changed … The video for Rebecca Black's “Friday” now has more YouTube views than Lady Gaga's “Born This Way” at around 26 million versus 22 million for Gaga.  For those of you that haven't been playing along with the meme …
 
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
What's Killing NPR
Tom Hayes / The Huffington Post:
Ok, Call Me a Digital Scab
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Editors Weblog
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Time Warner, Other Cable Cos. Stake Out Turf in Digital Frontier
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
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The Independent:
Stephen Glover: A good newspaper but not a good business
Discussion: Press Gazette and Guardian
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Taking Stock  —  A TPM Reader and student of Japan takes …
Peter Preston / Guardian:
What's wrong with the BBC? All its old bosses are eager to tell you