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11:05 AM 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, Soup and Guardian
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  —  New York TimesFinally delivering on a long held promise, The New York Times announced yesterday that it would debut a ‘pay wall’ around its digital products, first immediately for users in Canada and then at the end of the month for the U.S. and other countries.
Discussion: @tummler10
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:   How The NYT's Paywall Compares To Those Of Other Big Papers
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.
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Agence France Presse:
Two AFP journalists missing in Libya since Friday  —  TOBRUK, Libya — Agence France-Presse journalists Dave Clark and Roberto Schmidt, have been missing since Saturday morning in Libya while working in the eastern Tobruk region, the agency said Sunday.  —  Clark, a 38-year-old reporter …
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.
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: Noted
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: Noted, Betabeat and eMedia Vitals
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 …
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 …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
NYTimes' “Fair” Prices  —  Today, both Jean-Louis and I struggle with the same topic: last week's announcement of the New York Time's strange paywall structure.  —  For a digital newspaper, there is no such thing as a fair price.  Too many questionable assumptions, too many variables, too many ways to play with data.
Discussion: Techdirt
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 …
The Independent:
Stephen Glover: A good newspaper but not a good business  —  Media Studies: The Times is really back to where it was before it started the price war in 1993  —  The Times had an average daily sale of 445,962 in February.  The equivalent figure for The Daily Telegraph was 628,338.
Discussion: Press Gazette and Guardian
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Taking Stock  —  A TPM Reader and student of Japan takes a harsh look at US coverage of recent events ...
Peter Preston / Guardian:
What's wrong with the BBC?  All its old bosses are eager to tell you  —  Every former director general and chairman seems to have a problem with the corporation it was once their job to defend.  But the BBC doesn't always help itself when it's under attack
 
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