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3:15 PM ET, March 7, 2013


 Top News: 
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Facebook Is Making The World's ‘Best Personalized Newspaper’  —  Facebook is making a major News Feed announcement today.  —  The changes will be the biggest in News Feed's 7-year history.  They'll make News Feed easier to sort through and more personalized.
Ryan Tate / Wired:
With News Feed Overhaul, Facebook Delivers Your ‘Personalized Newspaper’
Discussion: Fortune and Business Insider
Josh Halliday / Guardian:   Facebook overhauls news feed to give more space to music, games and ads
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Al Gore Sued Over Current TV Sale to Al Jazeera (Exclusive)  —  A $5 million lawsuit claims Gore was “adamant” about not selling his network to oil-rich Qataris but had a “change of heart,” then stiffed the man who came up with the idea for the deal.  —  Current TV's $500 million sale …
Rupert Murdoch said to have voiced doubts about corporate ‘clean-up’ unit  —  Mogul said to have questioned his decision to set up unit that provided information to police, leading to arrest of Sun journalists  —  Rupert Murdoch is said to have privately voiced doubts about his decision …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Rupert Murdoch seeks to reassure bailed Sun journalists
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Record labels object to Apple's proposed low royalty rate for streaming service  —  Apple has opened talks with record labels about getting rights for a music-streaming service — but has gotten plenty of push back because its offer is seen as way too cheap, The Post has learned.
Washington Post:
Doug Feaver Named The Washington Post's First Reader Representative  —  The Washington Post today announced Doug Feaver as its first reader representative.  Feaver will serve as an advocate for readers, responding to their questions and concerns.  He will work closely with Alison Coglianese …
Discussion: Poynter and Politico
Richard Engel / Vanity Fair:
Richard Engel Reveals a Diary of His Syrian Kidnapping—and How His Captors Terrorized Their Victims  —  NBC News's Richard Engel was dispatched to cover Syria's civil war last December when he lived every war correspondent's nightmare: he and his crew were dragged from their car at gunpoint …
Discussion: Politico, TVNewser and @richardengel
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
AOL's Tim Armstrong: If I Had My Druthers, I'd Buy Time Inc.  —  The merger that brought AOL and Time Inc. together under the same roof 13 years ago is widely regarded as the single worst deal in corporate history.  If he had the means, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong would love to recreate it — in part.
Discussion: Media Decoder
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Fortune Writes Articles Exclusively for Advertisers  —  Advertisers looking to escape the dreaded advertorial trap and give consumers content they'll actually read has helped create the boom in native advertising or branded content.  At the same time, publishers continue to seek ways to make their editorial work harder for them.
Matthew Lynley / Wall Street Journal:
Recommendation Engine Outbrain Acquires Editorial Data Startup Visual Revenue  —  Outbrain, a content-recommendation startup based in New York, is acquiring Visual Revenue, a startup that gives editors of news sites tools and data to help with decision-making when setting up page layouts online.
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Movie Sales Increased With Shutdown of Piracy Sites  —  Shutting major piracy websites can increase online revenue for movie studios, a new study has found.  —  In research to be released on Thursday, a pair of academics found the closure of the “cyberlocker” site Megaupload and its sibling Megavideo …
Jonathan Skillings / CNET:
Nook Media signs up for more Hollywood content  —  The Barnes & Noble unit unveils new content licensing partnerships with major studios and content providers including Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, National Geographic, and Little Pim.  —  The Barnes & Noble Nook HD+  —  The Nook is stocking up on video.
Associated Press:
Silvio Berlusconi convicted over publication of wiretapped conversations  —  Former Italian prime minister is sentenced to one year in jail by Milan court  —  A court in Milan has convicted Silvio Berlusconi for the illegal publication of transcripts of wiretapped conversations in a newspaper owned by his media empire.
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