News vs Fairfax: pagecount. You have to chuckle at The Australian. Only a few days after running a story ridiculing The Age for cutting pages because of a downturn in classifieds, just how big was this morning’s Australian news section? Eight pages. Just as well there were hardly any advertisements to take up that space. For the record, The Age ran at 18 pages today Crikey reader Stuart Langton

Gordon Brown is a c-nt — according to Twitter. Check out this UK Telegraph web address that was doing the rounds on Twitter this morning.

Then type in anything you like between 97/ and .html, hit return and you’ll get the same story. Twitterers clearly do not know how web addresses work, but they are funny. — Link courtesy of @grantyoung and @DamianM on Twitter.

Mother Jones tests nonprofit model in race to survive the recession. In its beginning Mother Jones, the leftist magazine founded in 1976 in San Francisco, viewed itself as a defender of independent journalism free from corporate meddling. Today it sees itself as a defender of journalism itself. As such, Mother Jones has become a real-life laboratory for whether nonprofit journalism — a topic of the moment in mainstream news media circles — can withstand a deep recession. — New York Times

TV flops don’t last a month. In a move sure to infuriate viewers, television executives are poised to swing the axe on dud shows just a month into the ratings survey. Panicky programmers have been forced to make changes early, shifting or shafting poorly performing programs to please advertisers. The changes have come swiftly, with every channel already “resting” programs and the axe looms over at least five more shows. This policy risks alienating viewers who were infuriated last year by the trend to ditch series in mid-season, but the competition for advertising revenue is too tight to save shows that are struggling to find fans. —

Facebook to open Oz office. Following the lead of social networking rival Friendster, Facebook is finally committing to the Australian market by opening a dedicated office. The social network giant is currently on an aggressive recruitment drive seeking to fill around six sales roles for immediate appointment. The roles include group sales manager, account executives, account planners and associate account manager. — B&T

Politicians twitter while the country burns. Middle-aged MPs hope they will look youthful and “in touch” if they use the latest web tool. But there is a slight Dad-on-the-dancefloor feel to some of their attempts. Twitter is reality TV without the pictures. There is a combination of neurosis and narcissism involved. At Westminster, it is a symbol of a wider loss of confidence by the political class. At the very moment when leadership is required to deal with the economic downturn, politicians of all parties are frozen in the headlights of the recession. — Times Online

Google and PRS in deadlock as music videos pulled from YouTube. YouTube in the UK is to be stripped of its most popular music videos after the site failed to agree a new licencing deal with the Performing Rights Society for Music, the trade body that collects music royalties. YouTube said today that after the expiry of its former deal, PRS had proposed new payment terms that would be financially prohibitive for the site and would require YouTube to pay out more than it makes from the ads next each video. — Guardian

Carr on how newspapers might save themselves. David Carr has jumped back into the “how to save newspapers” fray. Part of his future of newspaper fantasy involves media heads coming together in some cigar smoke filled back room and deciding to join forces to eliminate free content and aggregation. — New York Times via FishbowlNY

New York Times publisher to sell headquarters . The hard-pressed publisher of the New York Times will sell almost half its new flagship headquarters to an investment firm and lease the office space back, the company said today. The New York Times Company has said it would sell 21 of the 52 floors of its midtown Manhattan building to WP Carey and Company, an investment management firm, for $225m (£163m). Carey will lease the space back to the Times for $24m for the first year — with the rent expected to rise. — Guardian

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