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5:45 AM ET, October 30, 2013


 Top News: 
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Omidyar Group:
Dan Froomkin and Liliana Segura join Glenn Greenwald's new news venture  —  Two New Journalists Join the Team  —  We're very excited to announce two new members joining our team: Dan Froomkin and Liliana Segura.  Dan and Liliana will work alongside Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill …
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: CBS News In Talks With Distributors For 24-Hour Digital Video Service  —  The company's news and interactive units are developing a digital programming service to be distributed on mobile phones, tablets, game consoles and over-the-top TV distribution systems.  —  CBS headquarters.
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
New York Times Ad Chief: Branded Content Units Coming Soon
Alan Rusbridger / The New York Review of Books:
The Snowden Leaks and the Public  —  1.  —  It is harder than you might think to destroy an Apple MacBook Pro according to British government standards.  In a perfect world the officials who want to destroy such machines prefer them to be dropped into a kind of giant food mixer that reduces them to dust.
Discussion: @smithsam and @nybooks
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Consumers Remain Indifferent To Smart TVs  —  A majority of consumers aren't interested in buying a new smart TV over the next 12 months — but advertising its strong attributes could help turn that indifference around.  —  Some 73% of consumers have given a thumbs down to buying a new smart TV …
Harry McCracken / TIME:
With New Nook GlowLight, Barnes & Noble Gets Back in the E-Reading Game  —  The last twelve months have been a heck of a roller-coaster ride for venerable bookseller and gadget-maker-come-lately Barnes & Noble.  A year ago, it released nice new Nook HD tablets which offered, among other things, movies from B&N's own new video store.
Jim Romenesko:
Salt Lake Tribune retirees call for a U.S. Department of Justice probe of JOA revisions  —  Salt Lake Tribune retirees and other former employees have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the recent Tribune-Deseret News joint operation agreement revisions.
Arti Patel / Folio:
In Keynote, Elisabeth DeMarse Addresses TheStreet Inc.'s Turnaround  —  The company has $60 million earmarked for acquisitions.  —  New York—Transitioning from one model to another is a difficult undertaking for any media publishing company.  However, morphing within an industry in constant tumult is an entirely different situation.
Karen Fratti / 10,000 Words:
On the Media Asks Listeners to ‘Be the Journalist,’ With Web Tool  —  On The Media, the NPR podcast, is part media reporting, part commentary, and part investigative journalism organization.  And I'm not just saying that because the pledge drive is going on.  —  Sometimes they just fall into it.
Discussion: AppNewser and Techdirt
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
No Amazon TV Box for Christmas  —  Amazon is going to sell a lot of stuff in the next couple of months.  * But it is very unlikely to be selling its own Web video box.  —  Jeff Bezos and company have been prepping a set-top box meant to compete with Roku and Apple's Apple TV device …
Discussion: Pocket-lint, AppleInsider and CNET
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast to Stream 35 Live TV Channels to Mobile Apps Outside the Home  —  Renamed Xfinity TV Go app lineup includes live feeds of ESPN, CNN, Fox News and other cablers  —  Comcast has inked deals to let subscribers tune in to 35 live cable channels through its updated video-player app …
Discussion: The Wrap and The Verge
Alex Halperin / Salon:
This man decides what you read  —  Miley Cyrus gave us so much that night.  Just trying to count her blessings smacks of ingratitude, like regifting manna.  —  But two months later, as we attempt reentry into our dreary little lives, it's worth remembering two articles that followed her star-turn at the Video Music Awards.
Discussion: @petersmeg and
Alastair Reid /
New BBC reporting unit tracks stories taking off on social  —  BBC Trending will report on social media stories from around the world using in-tweet video, the BBC magazine news site and radio  — Read more  —  Other top stories  —  Also on
Discussion: Big News
Dru Sefton / Current:
Bill Moyers ending Moyers & Company in January  —  Bill Moyers announced today to his colleagues in public TV that the last broadcast of his Moyers & Company public-affairs show will air Jan. 3, 2014, when current funding commitments end.  —  He also said that his production company is …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mobile Video App Snapverse Raises $3.5M And Announces Deals With Universal, Warner Bros, And Sony  —  Snapverse is an iPhone app that combines 20-second user videos with licensed music.  The amount of licensed music available is about to grow significantly, thanks to partnerships with Universal, Warner Brothers, and Sony.
Lou Carlozo / NetNewsCheck Latest:
Kroeger: BHM ‘Interested’ In Trib Co. Papers  —  Warren Buffett's BH Media Group could be eyeing some of the smaller newspapers in the Tribune Co. stable, possibly including titles such as the Allentown Morning Call, the Newport News Daily Press and the Hartford Courant.
Discussion: Poynter
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Four takeaways from new owner John Henry's message to readers of The Boston Globe  —  John Henry's nearly 2,900-word message to readers of The Boston Globe could have been little more than an exercise in public relations, standing up for what is good and deploring what is bad.  —  There's a lot of that, of course.
Discussion: @niemanlab and JIMROMENESKO.COM
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Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
MSNBC's New Website Launches
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter's Mobile Apps Begin to Look a Bit More Like Instagram
Michael Holden / Reuters:
British justice on trial in phone-hacking trial, jury told
Discussion: Guardian and Hacked Off
Christine Idzelis / Bloomberg:
Tribune Said to Seek $4.1 Billion of Loans for TV Station Deal
Discussion: Reuters and Radio & Television …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon launches Kindle MatchBook, offering cheap digital copies of your physical books
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post's Bob Woodward Takes More Active Role In Jeff Bezos Era
Discussion: New York Magazine and FishbowlNY
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Aereo to launch in Denver as it scampers to year-end goal
Discussion: Gigaom, The Wrap and @tajarz
 Earlier Picks: 
Jim Romenesko:
Thomson Reuters beats Wall Street's expectations, plans to cut 3,000 positions
Nick Cohen / Spectator:
British journalists lock each other up and throw away the key
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
‘Complex’ starts, in a small way, to spend that 25M
Discussion: @joepompeo
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
“Post-Print” Startup Stateless Media Creates Short, Smart Documentaries For The Web