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6:30 PM ET, April 7, 2011

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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
New York Times Paywall Cost: More Like $25 Million  —  Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. insists a $40 million estimate for building New York Times (NYSE: NYT) Co.'s pay scheme is “vastly wrong”.  But that's where the NYTCo chairman stopped in a Q&A at Columbia University earlier this week.
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Matt Shanahan / Digital Equilibrium:
Why Revenue Estimates for The New York Times Paywall Are Wrong  —  A digital subscription to the New York Times (NYT) is now a minimum of $195/year ($3.75 per week times 52 weeks).  Chatter about the possibility of low subscribership and why $40M was too much to pay is everywhere.
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
Inside the NYT Lincoln Deal: It's About Dollars, Traffic and Conversion
Discussion: FishbowlNY
The Big Lead:
USA Today Takes the Plunge: Paper to Pay Bonuses to Writers Based on Page Views  —  USA Today had a conference call last night and according to a source, the paper outlined a plan in which it will pay annual bonuses to writers based on page views.  The goal, obviously, is to get writers thinking digital.
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Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
USA Today: No decision on page view bonuses
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Google Saves The News!  —  By keeping users happy and Facebook at bay, could the search giant also fix the newspaper business? … In 2007, two years into the launch of the Huffington Post, cofounder Jonah Peretti coined a term for news sites that disguise how little investment actually goes …
Carter Maness / The Awl:
I'm Permalance No More!  “Thank You Very Much for Your Contributions to AOL”  —  I left the corporate world in 2008 to write about music and entertainment because I wanted to work from bed, only leaving to maybe smoke joints with Kid Cudi while asking him pretentious questions about string arrangements.
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Remaking AOL in Huffington's Image
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Noted
Anne Thompson / Thompson on Hollywood:
AOL's Huffington Overhauls Online Brands Moviefone and Cinematical: Moviefone's Chui Loses Job
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Time Warner Cable fires back at Viacom in dispute over streaming channels on iPad  —  Time Warner Cable has fired back at Viacom in a dispute the two are having over whether the cable operator has the rights to stream the programming giant's networks on an iPad.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Chrystia Freeland to lead Reuters Digital  —  Chrystia Freeland, arguably Reuters' biggest star, just got a promotion.  —  Freeland, who joined the news service from The Financial Times last march as global editor-at-large, has been named editor of Thomson Reuters Digital.
Discussion: Reuters, Poynter and @ronmwangaguhung
New York Times:
Beck and Fox End Relationship Grown Cold  —  The negotiations that led Glenn Beck to announce his departure from the Fox News Channel on Wednesday ended with an expression of “let's part as friends,” according to several people with knowledge of the talks.  But behind that moment was a torrent …
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Steve Myers / Poynter:
Florida Quran burning, Afghanistan violence raise questions about the power of media blackouts  —  Last fall, pastor Terry Jones was all over the news with his threats to burn the Quran on the anniversary of 9/11.  Seven months later, he followed through, which you probably learned …
Discussion: Mixed Media, CJR, Runnin' Scared and GigaOM, Thanks:myersnews
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Cathie Black Out as NYC Schools Czar?  You Don't Say.  —  When Michael Bloomberg appointed Hearst Magazines president Cathie Black chancellor of the New York City schools system despite her complete lack of experience in education, we were skeptical.  Just about everyone was, in fact.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why Is Facebook Investor Accel Investing In Hollywood?  Because It's a Facebook Investor  —  Why is a big Facebook investor putting money into a Hollywood movie studio?  Because Facebook is going to be very important for Hollywood movie studios.  —  That's the takeaway from Accel Partners …
Discussion: Forbes
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Accel Bets on Hollywood With $40 Million Legendary Pictures Deal
Discussion: The Wrap and VentureBeat
The Atlantic Online:
The Hackers Who Keep the Washington Post Running  —  Dan Drinkard and his fellow programmers are constantly juggling projects that add value to the paper's reporting on the web  —  Development of a tool that would allow WashingtonPost.com visitors to read tweets written in Russian came after an offhand comment from Cory Haik.
AdAge:
Clear Channel's Pittman: ‘We Have to Make the Digital Revolution Come to Radio’  —  While digital radio only accounts for about 3% of total radio listening, at Ad Age's Digital Conference on Thursday, Clear Channel Chairman Bob Pittman said this represents the radio industry's biggest opportunity.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
@ AdAgeDigital: 'The Daily's' Clayman: You Can Ask, But We're Not Talking Subs Numbers  —  AdAge's Nat Ives began his chat with The Daily's Greg Clayman by pressing him on recent questions about subscriber numbers.  Clayman wouldn't budge, saying only that “we're happy” …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
SnappyTV Lets You Tune-In To TV Shows And Share Video Clips Online  —  There are a plethora of startups that offer a social, second-screen experience to watching televsion including TV Tune-In, GetGlue, Miso, and Tunerfish.  Today, a new player is throwing its hat in the ring, but adding a new twist …
Andrew Damstedt / American Journalism Review:
Back Behind the Wheel  —  Why Detroit News auto critic Scott Burgess returned to the paper after resigning over changes to a review that had been challenged by an advertiser.  Thurs., April 7, 2011  —  Andrew Damstedt (adamstedt@ajr.umd.edu) is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  It was a tough call for Scott Burgess.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
@ AdAgeDigital: Twitter's Bain: Twitter Beats Facebook In Driving Purchases  —  Six months after Adam Bain was hired by Twitter from News Corp.'s Fox Audience Network, the microblog's president of revenue offered the audience Ad Age Digital conference a little bit of what's he's learned …
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Irina Slutsky / AdAge:   Twitter to Offer Marketers More Tools to Target, Track Followers
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Labor Panel to Press Reuters Over Reaction to Twitter Post  —  In what would be the first government case against an employer involving Twitter, the National Labor Relations Board told Thomson Reuters on Wednesday that it planned to file a civil complaint accusing the company of illegally reprimanding …
 
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Larisa Epatko / Online NewsHour:
GlobalPost Reporter James Foley Detained in Libya
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix's Three-Pronged Approach to Content Acquisition
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Erin Sherbert / The Snitch:
Reuters Sued: S.F. Bloggers Demand Overtime, Meal Pay
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The Smoking Gun:
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Susannah Breslin / Pink Slipped:
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