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7:40 PM ET, October 30, 2013


 Top News: 
Jim Roberts / Mashable:
Jim Roberts Is Mashable's Executive Editor and Chief Content Officer  —  Today is an exciting day for me.  I'm joining a new family, as executive editor and chief content officer at Mashable.  —  To some it might seem a bit of a departure.  You might imagine a headline like …
Press regulation: Privy Council grants royal charter  —  A new cross-party royal charter on press regulation has been granted by the Privy Council, the government says, after the newspaper industry lost a last-minute court challenge.  —  Court of Appeal judges refused newspaper publishers …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Newspapers' bid for injunction against press regulation royal charter fails  —  Publishers take their case to court of appeal after high court refuses to grant them last-minute ‘stay’  —  Newspaper and magazine publishers have failed in their application for an injunction to prevent …
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Senate confirms Wheeler to lead FCC  —  The Senate unanimously confirmed Tom Wheeler, an investor and former industry lobbyist, to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Tuesday.  —  The vote was delayed for two weeks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who expressed concern about Wheeler's views on political disclosure rules.
Three ex-Murdoch journalists plead guilty to phone hacking  —  (Reuters) - Three former senior journalists from Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid the News of the World have pleaded guilty to charges relating to phone-hacking, the trial of two of the media mogul's former editors heard on Wednesday.
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost News:
NBCU Revs Sink, But Cable Up 4%  —  Comcast's NBCUniversal had a modest financial gains for its third quarter — when excluding Summer Olympic comparisons of 2012.  Overall revenue for NBCUniversal sank 14.2% to $5.9 billion.  Without the London Olympics some $1.2 billion in revenue for the third quarter of 2012, revenue was up 3.9%.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Comcast downplays Netflix talks, still adding broadband subscribers
Discussion: Capital New York
Intel May Turn Over Its Web TV Project to Verizon  —  Intel's efforts to break into the TV business may be coming to a close.  —  Sources said the chipmaker is close to a deal to hand over control of Intel Media, the unit that has been trying to build a Web-based subscription TV service …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Digital subscriptions up 24% at Financial Times  —  The Financial Times “reached its highest circulation in its 125-year history,” owner Pearson PLC's nine-month trading report says.  Circulation is up 5 percent over the same period in 2012, and digital subscriptions are up 24 percent, “to almost 387,000,” the statement says.
Discussion: Guardian and Pearson
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
ESPN mobile properties saw more unique visitors than in September for first time ever  —  Here's yet another sign of the movement toward mobile devices: ESPN, for the first time ever, saw more unique visitors on its mobile properties than on in September.
Discussion: Poynter
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
‘PBS NewsHour’ has lost 48 percent of its audience in last 8 years  —  By David Zurawik  —  Eight years ago this month, I did an interview with then anchor Jim Lehrer in connection with the 30th anniversary of the “PBS NewsHour.”  —  It was a laudatory piece, as I had long shared Lehrer's values about journalism and democracy.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
This year, no star-studded lunch planned for Time ‘Person of the Year’ rollout  —  Time magazine is gearing up for its annual Person of the Year rollout, in which the newsweekly anoints a public figure who “for better or for worse has done the most to influence the events of the year.”
Olivia Petersen / Politico:
POLITICO to Launch ‘POLITICO Magazine’  —  POLITICO, the country's dominant political news source, announced today that this November it will launch POLITICO Magazine, a new print and online publication that will convene the most interesting, provocative and important thinkers and writers around …
Discussion: Digiday, Gigaom and @tanyapampalone
Vicky Gan / Smithsonian:
The Phone That Helped Andy Carvin Report the Arab Spring is Now in the Smithsonian  —  Andy Carvin is a man of many titles—"digital media anchor," “real-time news DJ” and “online community organizer,” to name a few—but the one he is most comfortable with is “storyteller.”
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Dave Davies / NewsWorks:
Katz rejects buyout offer, open to outside management of Inquirer
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“We're still babies at it”: BuzzFeed Video's strategy relies on identity, emotion, and sharing content as communication
Discussion: @niemanlab and SND
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Not even two weeks after shutdown, BitTorrent search site isoHunt is back
Discussion: The Verge and Digital Trends
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Greeks Question Media, and New Voices Pipe Up
Discussion: @peterfhart
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
AP's new Lingofy plugin is like a robot copy editor
Discussion: Fast Company and
 Earlier Picks: 
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
No Amazon TV Box for Christmas
Discussion: Pocket-lint, AppleInsider and CNET
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Consumers Remain Indifferent To Smart TVs
Karen Fratti / 10,000 Words:
On the Media Asks Listeners to ‘Be the Journalist’ With Web Tool
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast to Stream 35 Live TV Channels to Mobile Apps Outside the Home
Discussion: The Wrap and The Verge
Dru Sefton / Current:
Bill Moyers ending Moyers & Company in January
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mobile Video App Snapverse Raises $3.5M And Announces Deals With Universal, Warner Bros, And Sony
Discussion: hypebot and Digital Media Wire