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8:25 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 …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
New York Times Ad Chief: Branded Content Units Coming Soon  —  Redesigned Times Website Will Include New Ad Units  —  The New York Times is planning to step off the sidelines and into the world of native advertising online, where a growing list of traditional publishers have thrown their arms around sponsored or branded content.
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.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
AP's new Lingofy plugin is like a robot copy editor  —  Lingofy is a browser plugin that “checks website content for AP Stylebook's spelling, language, punctuation, usage and journalistic style guidelines,” the Associated Press says in a press release.  The for-purchase plugin also checks …
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mobile Video App Snapverse Raises $3.5M And Announces Deals With Universal, Warner Bros, And Sony
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New BBC reporting unit tracks stories taking off on social
Discussion: Big News
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Four takeaways from new owner John Henry's message to readers of The Boston Globe
Discussion: @niemanlab
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
MSNBC's New Website Launches
Lou Carlozo / NetNewsCheck Latest:
Kroeger: BHM ‘Interested’ In Trib Co. Papers
Discussion: Poynter
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Aereo to launch in Denver as it scampers to year-end goal
Discussion: The Wrap, @tajarz and Gigaom
Jim Romenesko:
Thomson Reuters beats Wall Street's expectations, plans to cut 3,000 positions