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8:20 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Random House acquires Figment, the teen writing site founded by Condé Nast vets  —  Random House Children's Books has acquired Figment, the teen reading and writing online community founded by Condé Nast's Jacob Lewis and Dana Goodyear in 2010.  Lewis has worked at Random House since July.
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
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.”
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.
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  —  A year ago, Ze Frank — Internet “virologist,” creator of the beloved the show with zefrank, and online video pioneer — was tapped to head BuzzFeed's video department …
Discussion: @niemanlab and SND
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Vicky Gan / Smithsonian:
The Phone That Helped Andy Carvin Report the Arab Spring is Now in the Smithsonian
Dave Davies / NewsWorks:
Katz rejects buyout offer, open to outside management of Inquirer
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Not even two weeks after shutdown, BitTorrent search site isoHunt is back
Discussion: Digital Spy and The Verge
Olivia Petersen / Politico:
POLITICO to Launch ‘POLITICO Magazine’
Discussion: Digiday, Gigaom and @tanyapampalone
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
Alex Halperin / Salon:
Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile wants to change the metrics editors and advertisers care about
Discussion: @petersmeg
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