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Google in Deal for Songza, A Music Playlist Service (NYT)
In a sign of growing consolidation in the digital music business, Google announced on Tuesday that it had bought Songza, a three-year-old app that competes with Pandora and others in making customized playlists of recommended songs. Re/code The New York Post reported in June that the deal could be worth $15 million. Unlike some acquired startups, Songza won’t be shutting down. Its team will be joining Google in New York and helping with contextual recommendation features for Google Play and possibly YouTube down the line. GigaOM Songza offers custom curated playlists based on categories like genre, mood, decade and activity (“Drinking at A Dive Bar,” “’60s International,” etc.) and offers song suggestions based on the time of day and week. The service is free and songs aren’t interrupted by ads. THR The acquisition comes on the heels of Apple’s deal to purchase Beats Electronics and its streaming music service for $3 billion. Amazon also has jumped into the music streaming market with the launch of the Prime Music service, which comes as part of its $99 annual Prime subscription. The move appears to be part of Google’s plans to compete in this increasingly crowded music-streaming space, which is already dominated by Spotify. Variety Google said it plans to use Songza to make its Play Music service more attractive. The Songza purchase also comes as marketers are spending more on online and mobile radio services in the U.S. Ad sales generated $1.65 billion in the U.S. last year, a gain of 26.3 percent, according to digital research group eMarketer. That’s expected to increase another 23 percent to $2 billion this year.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: WH Probes CIA Press Leak | Katz, Lenfest Win Inquirer Bidding | New Abramson/NYT Details

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White House Launches Probe Into CIA Station Chief Disclosure (Politico)
The White House has launched an investigation into how the name of the CIA’s station chief in Afghanistan was released to the press Sunday during President Barack Obama’s surprise visit to U.S. troops there, officials said. TVNewser White House counsel Neil Eggleston will oversee the investigation. FishbowlDC On Sunday as President Obama spoke at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, a pool report sent to upwards of 6,000 journalists included the name of a CIA station chief in the country, as one of many briefing the President during his visit. HuffPost The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson, who wrote the pool report, had received the list from White House officials. Wilson included the list as part of a pool report from Obama’s visit to Afghanistan that was distributed Saturday by the White House press office, which later sent out a revised version not including the station chief’s name. Despite the pool report appearing in thousands of inboxes, all major news outlets have continued to withhold the covert agent’s name at the government’s request. Time The CIA official operates under a cover, though their identity is known to the Afghan government. The release of the name is not only a faux pas in intelligence circles, but could jeopardize the CIA officer’s career and safety.

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Fortune Throws a Book Party

Last night Fortune threw a party to celebrate the release of Tap Dancing to Work, Warren Buffett on Practically Everything 1966 – 2012, which was written/edited by Carol Loomis (pictured right) Fortune’s senior editor-at-large. The shindig was held at the fancy Lambs Club.

Those in attendance included Loomis, Buffett, John HueyLloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, Brian Roberts, Steve Burke, Becky Quick, Meredith Whitney, Lally Weymouth, Don Graham, Andrew Ross Sorkin and more.

We love how even Buffett had to wear a name tag, as if people didn’t recognize him. “I love this book, but who’s that old guy double-dipping the cocktail sauce? Weirdo.”

[Photo: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Fortune]

Media Moguls Don’t Want to Tweet with Rupert Murdoch

When Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter, there was a lot of talk about what he was going to say. Then, when he started tweeting, we all found out that he uses the social network just like the rest of us: For blasting total strangers with boring thoughts that probably should just be kept to ourselves.

Not much has changed since Murdoch joined. His avatar is less creepy, so we’ll give him applause for that. But he recently chimed in with a weather report that was, well, a bit off:

Almost warn! Non sign!

It’s really great/depressing stuff. So you have to wonder, will any other media giant join Twitter, now that Murdoch has paved the way?

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Vanity Fair Releases its Annual New Establishment List

Vanity Fair has an updated New Establishment list debuting in today’s October issue, so we thought we’d share some of it with you. Once again, Mark Zuckerberg grabs the top spot in a gathering of 50 “buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs.”

The New Establishment showcases the best and brightest innovators in the world, or as Graydon Carter describes it, “The Age of Information gives way to a burgeoning Age of Technology.” So no, the guy who invented the Ninja Blender isn’t on it, but there are plenty of others who deserve the recognition.

Here are a few locals who made the cut:

And here’s a bonus for you. After the jump you can check out the top five from Vanity Fair’s newest list, The Powers That Be. This list focuses on the people that shape our world. Again, the Ninja Blender guy failed to make it. Sorry.

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Comcast’s Brian Roberts Honored by Ad Council

The Ad Council held its 57th Annual Public Service Award Dinner last night at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of the Comcast Corporation, was given the distinguished honor this year.

Jimmy Fallon, fresh off taping his Late Night show, and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, following his NBC Nightly News duties, were co-emcees for the evening’s gala event, the largest Ad Council fundraiser each year.

Of course, the NBC connection is no accident.

In December 2009, Comcast acquired 51 percent of NBC Universal from General Electric, which maintains minority ownership at 49 percent.   

Among the other speakers during the ceremony: 

More than 1,200 prominent members of the media, advertising, and corporate walks of life were on hand for the dinner, which raised $2.8 million for the Ad Council.

Photo: Honoree Roberts (left) with Fallon

Which NBC Execs Will Get The Ax?|Radio Comeback|Jobs And Times|New E&P Should Update Its Promotional Material

New York Post: As Comcast CEO Brian Roberts prepares to take over NBC Universal, he’s been meeting with ex-NBC exec Randy Falco to learn which execs he should keep and who he should dump. Is Jeff Zucker‘s job safe?

Advertising Age: Is radio making a comeback?

Daily Intel: Steve Jobs holds secret iPad meeting with New York Times execs.

E&P In Exile: Looks like the resurrected Editor & Publisher is still using ex-editor Greg Mitchell‘s name to sell renewals.

“Twitter Guys” Take Top Media Person(s) Of 2009 Prize

twitter birdie.jpgWe called it.

Last week, when faced with two “Person of the Year” polls, we predicted that the “Twitter Guys,” Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams, were a shoe-in to win I Want Media’s eighth annual Media Person of the Year online poll. Today, the site revealed the results of the poll, with the Twitter team indeed taking top honors. They join the ranks of past media people of the year like Arianna Huffington and 2007′s winner, “Writers On Strike.”

Dorsey, Stone and Williams managed to beat out other top vote-getters this year like Oprah Winfrey and Glenn Beck. And in addition to the top 10 that I Want Media nominated for the poll, there were also write-in candidates like Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, Rush Limbaugh and Nikki Finke, the site said.

We’ll still have to wait a few days to learn who Time magazine picked for their Person of the Year, and although it looked like the Twitter guys might win that competition, too, they weren’t included in the magazine’s recent online poll. But remember, Time magazine editors “reserve the right to disagree” and choose pretty much whoever they want anyway.

Previously: Tis The Season…For Person Of The Year Polls; Will Twitter Be Time‘s Person Of The Year?

It’s Official: Comcast Acquires NBCU Stake

Well the big media deal that has been much talked about all fall has finally been officially announced.

This morning, Comcast and General Electric announced that they are entering a joint venture that will include NBC Universal — valued at $30 billion — as well as Comcast’s cable nets, including E!, Versus and the Golf Channel, and its regional sports networks, among other Comcast assets — with a value of $7.25 billion. Comcast will now own 51 percent of the new venture, after paying $6.5 billion to GE in cash.

Now, the deal heads to the regulators for approval, and all media watchers are looking forward to see how the government handles the first big media deal under the Obama administration. The New York Times has gotten its hands on a memo sent today from NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker to his staff. Zucker has been put in charge of the new venture, and he will be reporting to Comcast’s COO. Said Zucker:

“We expect regulatory approvals to take 9 to 12 months. So, for now, it remains business as usual. And in fact, I expect this will be the case for the vast majority of you even after the deal closes. NBC Universal will continue to be, first and foremost, a world-class content company.”

After the jump, GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts in their first post-deal interview on CNBC this morning, in which they talk about their reasons behind seeking the deal, the future of their joint venture and what they think about the upcoming regulator approval process.

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