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8:55 PM ET, March 7, 2013


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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Facebook Is Making The World's ‘Best Personalized Newspaper’  —  Facebook is making a major News Feed announcement today.  —  The changes will be the biggest in News Feed's 7-year history.  They'll make News Feed easier to sort through and more personalized.
Ryan Tate / Wired:
With News Feed Overhaul, Facebook Delivers Your ‘Personalized Newspaper’
Discussion: Facebook and ABCNEWS
Josh Halliday / Guardian:   Facebook overhauls news feed to give more space to music, games and ads
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Pandora Shares Jump 18% After Better-Than-Expected Earnings, Mobile Revenue Up 111% To $80.3M  —  Veteran streaming radio platform Pandora released its fourth quarter earnings today, in which it saw its fiscal 2013 revenue of $427.1 million, representing a 56 percent year-over-year increase …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Billions!  Cablevision Takes Its Second Swing at Viacom in Bundling-Breaking Fight.  —  Here's the next step in the Cablevision/Viacom cable bundling fee fight: After back and forth between the two companies about which stuff they want to keep private, they have released a public version of Cablevision's legal complaint.
Discussion: Forbes and Variety
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:   Cablevision: Viacom Wanted $1B-Plus Premium to Carry Only Must-Haves
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Al Gore Sued Over Current TV Sale to Al Jazeera (Exclusive)  —  A $5 million lawsuit claims Gore was “adamant” about not selling his network to oil-rich Qataris but had a “change of heart,” then stiffed the man who came up with the idea for the deal.  —  Current TV's $500 million sale …
Sara Morrison / Columbia Journalism Review:
Nate Thayer accused of plagiarism  —  Nate Thayer's post on Monday about how much was willing (or, more accurately, not willing) to pay for a re-written version of his NK News article about basketball in North Korean diplomacy created quite the firestorm.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Record labels object to Apple's proposed low royalty rate for streaming service  —  Apple has opened talks with record labels about getting rights for a music-streaming service — but has gotten plenty of push back because its offer is seen as way too cheap, The Post has learned.
Rupert Murdoch said to have voiced doubts about corporate ‘clean-up’ unit  —  Mogul said to have questioned his decision to set up unit that provided information to police, leading to arrest of Sun journalists  —  Rupert Murdoch is said to have privately voiced doubts about his decision …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Rupert Murdoch seeks to reassure bailed Sun journalists
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Fortune Writes Articles Exclusively for Advertisers  —  Advertisers looking to escape the dreaded advertorial trap and give consumers content they'll actually read has helped create the boom in native advertising or branded content.  At the same time, publishers continue to seek ways to make their editorial work harder for them.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
AOL's Tim Armstrong: If I Had My Druthers, I'd Buy Time Inc.  —  The merger that brought AOL and Time Inc. together under the same roof 13 years ago is widely regarded as the single worst deal in corporate history.  If he had the means, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong would love to recreate it — in part.
Richard Engel / Vanity Fair:
Richard Engel Reveals a Diary of His Syrian Kidnapping—and How His Captors Terrorized Their Victims  —  NBC News's Richard Engel was dispatched to cover Syria's civil war last December when he lived every war correspondent's nightmare: he and his crew were dragged from their car at gunpoint …
Discussion: @richardengel, TVNewser and Politico
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Former Wired Digital Editor Heads to Obvious Corp.  —  Evan Hansen, former editor in chief of, has joined Obvious Corp. as a senior editor, he announced on Thursday.  —  Obvious Corp. is the brainchild of Ev Williams and Biz Stone, the two Twitter co-founders who left their daily roles …
Discussion: paidContent and The Next Web
Matthew Lynley / Wall Street Journal:
Recommendation Engine Outbrain Acquires Editorial Data Startup Visual Revenue  —  Outbrain, a content-recommendation startup based in New York, is acquiring Visual Revenue, a startup that gives editors of news sites tools and data to help with decision-making when setting up page layouts online.
Washington Post:
Doug Feaver Named The Washington Post's First Reader Representative  —  The Washington Post today announced Doug Feaver as its first reader representative.  Feaver will serve as an advocate for readers, responding to their questions and concerns.  He will work closely with Alison Coglianese …
Discussion: Poynter and Politico
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Alloy Digital, Owner of YouTube's Top Channel, Raises $30M  —  Alloy Digital, which operates the most subscribed channel on YouTube, secured a $30 million Series A investment from ABS Capital Partners, the company announced on Thursday.  —  The new money arrives after two years …
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