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12:25 AM ET, October 12, 2013


 Top News: 
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
Google's New Ad Star: You  —  Google Inc. plans to make its users the stars of advertisements—without first asking for permission.  The move encourages word-of-mouth marketing but is bound to raise privacy alarms.  The search giant on Friday alerted users in a bright blue warning across its home page that …
Discussion: TechCrunch
New York Times:
Google updates ToS allowing inclusion of users' names, photos and comments in web ads  —  Google Sets Plan to Sell Users' Endorsements  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google, following in Facebook's footsteps, wants to sell users' endorsements to marketers to help them hawk their wares.
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
How To Opt Out Of Google's Plan To Sell Your Endorsements To Advertisers  —  Google announced Friday that it is “pulling a Facebook.”  Google is making a change to its terms of service that will allow it to monetize the reviews, comments and “+1″s its users have doled out around the Web.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Broadcasters petition Supreme Court in Aereo fight  —  Aereo's arrays of dime-sized antennae.  —  (Credit: Aereo)  —  Television broadcasters Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to get involved in their fight against Aereo, the online service that streams their over-the-air programming to its paying members.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:   Cablevision blasts broadcasters' Supreme Court filing against Aereo
Pew Research Journalism Project:
How Americans Get TV News at Home  —  Amy Mitchell, Mark Jurkowitz, Jodi Enda, and Kenny Olmstead  —  Even at a time of fragmenting media use, television remains the dominant way that Americans get news at home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Nielsen data.
Kyle Russell / Business Insider:
Glenn Fleishman's reader-supported The Magazine celebrates its first year  —  How ‘The New Yorker For Tech Geeks’ Has Survived A Year On Apple's Newsstand  —  The world of publishing is currently going through a major period of change.  Publishers are constantly starting up, closing, or trying out some new business model.
Discussion: Guardian, @glennf and @takalabtime
David Carr / New York Times:
It's Not Just Political Districts.  Our News Is Gerrymandered, Too.  —  I read an interview this last week with someone who gets his news from a narrow band of information providers.  —  He reads The Wall Street Journal, a really good newspaper that tilts right on its editorial page and sometimes in its news coverage.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Phil Griffin: Cable News ‘In a sort of flux’  —  This morning TVNewser attended a briefing to preview the new (more on that later), but while we were there, MSNBC president Phil Griffin decided to weigh in on the state of cable news, and of his own channel.
Discussion: The Wrap, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Marek Miller / INMA:
Why Financial Times left the App Store, switched to HTML5  —  Two weeks before the INMA European Conference in Berlin, INMA spoke to Graham Hinchly, engineering manager from Financial Times Labs.  Hinchly will speak in Berlin on the topic of why HTML5 and responsive design should matter to publishers.
Jacob Mikanowski / The New Yorker Blog:
Dunhuang: A Secret Library, Digitally Excavated  —  Just over a thousand years ago, someone sealed up a chamber in a cave outside the oasis town of Dunhuang, on the edge of the Gobi Desert in western China.  The chamber was filled with more than five hundred cubic feet of bundled manuscripts.
Laura Hudson / Wired:
How TV Finally Returned to Afghanistan After 30 Years of Censorship  —  In the opening scene of the documentary film The Network, journalist Ahmad Shafi describes watching a public execution in Kabul during the Taliban regime: “That had become the only entertainment in the city.
Rachel Bartlett /
Citizen journalism site Blottr to supply video to NYT Syndicate  —  Blottr will supply around five breaking news videos a day to the syndicate, produced exclusively for its clients  — Read more  —  Other top stories  —  Also on
Discussion: Big News
Patrick Smith / The Media Briefing:
How much is too much?  Getting the content balance right in digital publishing  —  Guardian Media Group, Guardian News & Media  —  As digital publishing slowly but surely comes to eclipse traditional, printed media a big question arises: what happens to the publishing schedule when there are no fixed dealines?
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:
Media coalition urges better protection of First Amendment rights in NSA, FISA court matters  —  The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, joined by 36 other news media organizations, filed public comments calling on the president's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies …
Discussion: Poynter
Dylan Byers / Politico:
White House defends transparency record after scathing CPJ report  —  The White House is defending its record of transparency after a scathing report found that the Obama administration's unprecedented efforts to control leaks have had a chilling effect on journalism.
Jim Romenesko:
Survey: 40% of publishers would advise their kids to go into the newspaper business  —  Cribb, Greene & Associates, the oldest newspaper brokerage in the U.S., says its fall 2013 publisher confidence survey results “indicate that publishers are feeling better about the near term future than they did in 2012 …
Discussion: @mathewi
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Buys That Include Sponsored Content Now 20% of Ad Revenue at Forbes
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest, Folio and Forbes, Thanks:@steverubel
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 force TVCatchUp to drop their services
Caitlin Dewey / WorldViews:
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google to sunset Google TV brand as its smart TV platform merges with Android
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Dave McNary / Variety:
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