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4:10 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
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.
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.
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  —  Cablevision Systems Corp., a New York-based cable operator, blasted the arguments made by broadcasters in a Supreme Court filing seeking to shut down Aereo, a start-up company that delivers local television station signals to consumers via the Internet.
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, @takalabtime and @glennf
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.
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
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.
Discussion: @laura_hudson
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.
Trudy Lieberman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reviewing Obamacare coverage: Week 2  —  Stewart-Sebelius is the splashy story, but there's lot of interesting state and local coverage  —  The splashy Obamacare media story of the week was Jon Stewart's Daily Show interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Monday night.
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.
Discussion: @bl_bens
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
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
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Patrick Smith / The Media Briefing:
How much is too much? Getting the content balance right in digital publishing
Jim Romenesko:
Survey: 40% of publishers would advise their kids to go into the newspaper business
Discussion: @mathewi
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Buys That Include Sponsored Content Now 20% of Ad Revenue at Forbes
Discussion: Folio, NetNewsCheck Latest and Forbes, Thanks:@steverubel
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 force TVCatchUp to drop their services
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Alan D. Mutter / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Newspaper sales dive enters 8th straight year
Discussion: @hblodget and Business Insider
Caitlin Dewey / WorldViews:
This year's Nobel Peace Prize winner was officially notified through Twitter
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google to sunset Google TV brand as its smart TV platform merges with Android
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Third of millennials watch mostly online video or no broadcast TV
Lauren Klinger / Poynter:
Journalism program takes lessons from teaching hospitals
Discussion: @wadeontweets and @rabeam