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4:30 AM ET, April 28, 2012

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Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
FCC-Required Political Ad Data Disclosures Won't Be Searchable  —  The Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 this morning to require broadcasters to post political ad data on the Web, making it easier for the public to see how as much as $3.2 billion will be spent on TV advertising in this election.
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Doug Halonen / The Wrap:
FCC Approves Rules for TV Stations to Put Political Ad Information Online  —  The Federal Communications Commission on Friday voted to phase in rules that local TV stations be required to put information about political advertising online.  —  Under the rules, TV stations affiliated …
Candace Clement / Save the News:
Political Files? Meet the Internet
Discussion: Mother Jones
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Photographer of viral bear falling says he's considering legal action against school paper  —  Andy Duann's famous photo of a bear falling out of a tree blew up his college newspaper's website Thursday.  Reached by telephone on Friday afternoon, Duann started to tell me how he got the great shot.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
All-Star Cast Invests 750K In Ben Huh And Matt Galligan's Mobile News Startup Circa  —  SimpleGeo's Matt Galligan and Icanhascheezburger's Ben Huh have teamed up to change the way people consume news via mobile.  Their startup Circa, which boasts a newsworthy list of advisors …
Discussion: Forbes, Betabeat, GeekWire and Circa Blog
Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple courts Hollywood for upcoming TV: sources  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc began talks earlier this year to stream films owned by EPIX, which is backed by three major movie studios, on devices including a long-anticipated TV, according to two people with knowledge of the negotiations.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Social media not necessarily journalism's panacea, news bosses say  —  Tech giants may have their own views on what journalism should become, but some news organisations are questioning what benefits the social vision of future news can really bring at a time when they're struggling for business survival...
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Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Wall Street Journal dives into live, continuous coverage with its new Markets Pulse stream
Discussion: Forbes
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Seacrest's Role at NBCUniversal Will Span News, Sports and Entertainment  —  Look for Ryan Seacrest to be appearing soon on NBC's “Today” show and on the network's coverage of special events like the Olympics.  —  The appearances are included in a new contract between Mr. Seacrest and NBCUniversal.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Journatic CEO: We are creating a better future for journalism  —  The Chicago Tribune recently laid off many of the reporters and editors who produced its hyper-local editions, and announced that it was outsourcing those functions to a startup called Journatic — a move that drew criticism …
Discussion: Chicago Reader
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Pew: 17% of Americans get no news daily  —  Right now, in Perugia, Italy, Pew's Lee Rainie is scheduled to be giving a talk called “News in a networked world,” about the platforms on which people consume news.  If your bosses, like mine, thoughtlessly neglected to send you to Perugia …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Prince's ex-girlfriend to sue News Corp in the States over hacking  —  Koo Stark, the former actress and one-time girlfriend of Prince Andrew, is reported to be planning to launch a phone-hacking claim against News Corporation in the US courts.  —  A London Evening Standard story said Stark …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Agile, social, cheap: The new way NPR is trying to make radio  —  The last time NPR launched a show was five years ago.  It was the Bryant Park Project, a morning newsmagazine aimed at younger listeners.  The network developed the show in secret and beefed up its New York bureau with reporters, producers, and editors.
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
As news shifts toward mobile, will text alerts get left behind?  —  In a blast text message to subscribers on Tuesday afternoon, The Washington Post announced that it's...ending blast text messages to subscribers, on April 30.  So don't expect to get SMS headlines like “Mitt Romney sweeps GOP primaries in five states” for much longer.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BSkyB bid opponents claim they were blocked by Hunt's department  —  Alliance of media companies given one ‘sham’ meeting with culture secretary after provisional blessing given for takeover  —  An alliance of media groups opposed to News Corporation's takeover of BSkyB claim it was blocked …
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