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12:00 PM ET, October 30, 2013

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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.
Reuters:
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.
Discussion: Politico, Globe and Mail, BBC and Telegraph
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Michael Holden / Reuters:
British justice on trial in phone-hacking trial, jury told
Discussion: Guardian and Hacked Off
Olivia Petersen / Politico:
POLITICO to Launch ‘POLITICO Magazine’  —  POLITICO, the country's dominant political news source, announced today that this November it will launch POLITICO Magazine, a new print and online publication that will convene the most interesting, provocative and important thinkers and writers around …
Discussion: @tanyapampalone
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%.
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Greeks Question Media, and New Voices Pipe Up  —  ATHENS — Late on a recent evening, crowds gathered at the Radio Bubble cafe in downtown Athens, drinking beer and talking politics.  The cafe, in the trendy yet rough-around-the-edges Exarchia neighborhood, funds a small leftist online radio station …
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 …
Discussion: ap.org
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 …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Not even two weeks after shutdown, BitTorrent search site isoHunt is back  —  New anonymous creators tell TorrentFreak the site is a “file-sharing icon.”  —  Less than two weeks ago, IsoHunt, the notorious search engine site for BitTorrent files, agreed to shut down and pay $110 million …
Discussion: Guardian and Digital Trends
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
No Amazon TV Box for Christmas
Discussion: Pocket-lint, AppleInsider and CNET
Karen Fratti / 10,000 Words:
On the Media Asks Listeners to ‘Be the Journalist,’ With Web Tool
Discussion: AppNewser
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast to Stream 35 Live TV Channels to Mobile Apps Outside the Home
Discussion: The Wrap and The Verge
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mobile Video App Snapverse Raises $3.5M And Announces Deals With Universal, Warner Bros, And Sony
Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
New BBC reporting unit tracks stories taking off on social
Discussion: Big News Network.com
Arti Patel / Folio:
In Keynote, Elisabeth DeMarse Addresses TheStreet Inc.'s Turnaround
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Four takeaways from new owner John Henry's message to readers of The Boston Globe
Discussion: @niemanlab
 Earlier Picks: 
Jim Romenesko:
Salt Lake Tribune retirees call for a U.S. Department of Justice probe of JOA revisions
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
MSNBC's New Website Launches
Discussion: TVNewser and JIMROMENESKO.COM
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
Glenn Greenwald / Omidyar Group:
Dan Froomkin and Liliana Segura join Glenn Greenwald's new news venture
Christine Idzelis / Bloomberg:
Tribune Said to Seek $4.1 Billion of Loans for TV Station Deal
Discussion: Reuters and Radio & Television …