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3:35 AM ET, October 31, 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 …
Mathew Ingram / paidContent:
Former NYT and Reuters editor Jim Roberts talks about why he is joining Mashable  —  Jim Roberts, a former New York Times editor and Reuters executive, is joining Mashable as executive editor, and says he wants to expand the kinds of journalism the site does while taking advantage of its social-web skills
Discussion: @om, @heathat and Talking Biz News
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 …
Jim Romenesko:
‘Change is hard’: Consumer Reports restructures to survive in the digital era  —  Consumer Reports and Consumers Union, the policy and action division of the magazine, showed a hefty profit of $21,414,103 for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2008.  The next two years were profitable, too …
Discussion: @1bobcohn
Matt Buchanan / New Yorker:
Waiting for the Next Great Technology Critic  —  For well over a decade, the two most influential voices about consumer technology have been a sixty-six-year-old man who lives just outside of Washington, D.C. and a fifty-year-old man who resides in Westport, Connecticut.
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.”
Discussion: @cheeky_geeky and @jilliancyork
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.
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 @peretti
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.
Umberto Bacchi / International Business Times:
Saudi Journalist Tariq al-Mubarak Arrested over Support for Women Drive Ban Protest  —  About 60 women in Saudi Arabia openly flouted the law by driving through the streets (Reuters)  —  Human rights activists have urged Saudi authorities to release a local journalist who was arrested …
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
Alastair Reid /
Forbes launches submissions system for anonymous sources  —  SafeSource, based on code developed by Aaron Swartz, allows potential sources to submit files or messages securely and anonymously  —  Copyright: Image by Esparta on Flickr.  Some rights reserved
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.”
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Dave Davies / NewsWorks:
Katz rejects buyout offer, open to outside management of Inquirer
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
ESPN mobile properties saw more unique visitors than in September for first time ever
Discussion: Poynter
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
‘PBS NewsHour’ has lost 48 percent of its audience in last 8 years
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Digital subscriptions up 24% at Financial Times
Discussion: Pearson, AdExchanger and Guardian
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Not even two weeks after shutdown, BitTorrent search site isoHunt is back
Discussion: WebProNews and Guardian
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Intel May Turn Over Its Web TV Project to Verizon
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
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
No Amazon TV Box for Christmas
Discussion: Pocket-lint, AppleInsider and CNET