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With News Feed Overhaul, Facebook Delivers Your 'Personalized Newspaper' (Wired)
Facebook redesigned its News Feed with bolder images and special sections for friends, photos and music, saying the activity stream will become more like a "personalized newspaper" that fits better with people's mobile lifestyles. AllFacebook If users just want to see stories about Wall Street, they can flip to the business section. On this new Facebook News Feed, if users just want to see posts from their friends, they can simply select that, and their Feeds will only be populated by their personal connections. Facebook feels that this redesign will make it easier for users to access and read what they want. SocialTimes The media world has yet to see a newspaper quite like this. The other verticals, which include "photos," "music," and pages people are "following," have more to do with the type of media or the source of the information than the subjects of the posts. AppNewser The redesign makes the experience on apps and the Web more consistent. LA Times / Tech Now Before presenting the new design, CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained Facebook wants to create "the best personalized newspaper we can" for every one of their users. The new Feeds are intended to accomplish that goal. The Verge The new News Feed is launching on the Web Thursday, with a mobile version coming in the next few weeks; a waiting list is live at Perhaps cognizant of the protest over almost any new feature, Facebook says it will run a "careful and slow" rollout.

Joy Behar Leaving The View (Deadline Hollywood)
After 16 and a half years on The View, Joy Behar is departing ABC's long-running daytime talk show. Behar's contract is up in August and she has informed the network that she will not renew it as she is looking to move on to other things, including hosting a new interview show. THR / The Live Feed The departure means that Behar will soon be a free agent, with her HLN series canceled in 2011 and her Current TV show coming to an end when the network transitions to Al Jazeera. ABC News "Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning. We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season," ABC said in a statement.

WSJ. Money Debuts Saturday (FishbowlNY)
WSJ. Money, the Wall Street Journal's new "wealth management magazine," debuts Saturday. We first heard about the new magazine about six months after SmartMoney was shut down. The basic difference between the two is that WSJ. Money is for the rich.

Juan Williams Column Cribs from Think-Tank Report (Salon)
Fox News pundit Juan Williams lifted -- sometimes word for word -- from a Center for American Progress report, without ever attributing the information, for a column he wrote last month for The Hill newspaper. Almost two weeks after publication, the column was quietly revised online, with many of the sections rewritten or put in quotation marks, and this time citing the CAP report. It also included an editor's note that read: "This column was revised on March 2, 2013, to include previously-omitted attribution to the Center for American Progress." Politico / Dylan Byers on Media But when asked about the column by Salon's Alex Seitz-Wald, who first reported the omission, Williams placed the blame on his research assistant.

MSNBC Hosts Mostly Ignore or Dismiss Rand Paul's Filibuster (HuffPost)
The majority of MSNBC's prime time hosts either ignored Rand Paul's filibuster of John Brennan or dismissed it as a partisan stunt. Paul, the Republican senator from Kentucky, wound up speaking for nearly 13 hours in opposition to the Obama administration's drone policy. Though the filibuster riveted social media and was discussed on all of CNN's prime time shows and every Fox News show except Bill O'Reilly's, both Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews avoided it, spending none of their segments talking about Paul. Ed Schultz spent 58 seconds on the filibuster, using most of the time to read comments from Facebook followers who called Paul "obstructionist." By comparison, he spent nearly seven minutes analyzing Bill O'Reilly's body language. Mediaite Paul's filibuster continued to receive heaps of praise Thursday afternoon on Fox News' The Five, when the hosts broke down what it means for Paul's political future as well as what it portends for the Republican Party.

Fortune Writes Articles Exclusively for Advertisers (Adweek)
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. Fortune is rolling out a new response to this dilemma in the form of a program called Fortune TOC -- Trusted Original Content. Similar to licensed editorial content, TOC involves creating original, Fortune-branded editorial content (articles, video, newsletters) exclusively for marketers to distribute on their own platforms.

No Women Among the 'Most Powerful' in Sports Media (FishbowlNY)
According to Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch, women carry zero clout in the sports media world. Deitsch published a list titled "The 10 Most Powerful People in Sports Media" and there's not a single woman who made the cut. There are even 10 additional honorable mentions, but still it's all dudes, all the time.

Charles Krauthammer Lands Book Deal with Crown Forum (GalleyCat)
Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer inked a book deal with Crown Forum. Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics will come out this fall, including work from the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer's career.

National Journal Explains Hacking Incident (FishbowlDC)
Wednesday we reported that National Journal president and Atlantic Media general counsel Bruce Gottlieb had sent a company-wide internal memo that day explaining to employees that had been invaded by "unauthorized" parties. Publicist Ben Fishel responded to our burning questions on the matter.

Doug Feaver Named the Washington Post's First Reader Representative (The Washington Post / Community Relations)
The Washington Post Thursday 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, named assistant reader representative, and both will contribute to the reader representative blog. Poynter / MediaWire The Post just ended its ombudsman program, replacing it with this new reader representative. Unlike Patrick Pexton and other Post ombudsmen of the past, the reader rep is a Post employee (not an independent contractor) and will not have a regular weekly print column.

The Newsonomics of Why Paywalls Now? (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The money now flowing into newspaper companies due to paywalls is getting to be seriously countable. For The New York Times Company, the circulation revenue increase amounted to $63 million in 2012. For Gannett, which installed its metered systems throughout the year, overall circulation revenue was up almost $40 million in the fourth quarter. That should lead to more than $100 million in added revenue in 2013.

AOL's Tim Armstrong: If I Had My Druthers, I'd Buy Time Inc. (Forbes / Mixed Media)
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. THR "I am a massive believer in brands," and "the Time Inc. brand portfolio is very valuable overall," he said during an appearance at The Paley Center for Media in New York. But he highlighted that Time Inc. is more valuable than AOL, meaning that "for us to do a transaction would be challenging... It's hard to do."

Nate Thayer Accused of Plagiarism (CJR / The Kicker)
Nate Thayer's post on Monday about how much was willing (or, more accurately, not willing) to pay for a re-written version of his NK News article about basketball in North Korean diplomacy created quite the firestorm. But the online foment has now turned back onto Thayer -- author Jeremy Duns published a blog post on Thursday titled, "Nate Thayer is a plagiarist." FishbowlLA When freelance journalist Thayer posted an email exchange he'd had with an editor at The Atlantic, who hoped to publish his work without compensation, he had no idea it would garner so much attention. The blog post has been viewed more than 100,000 times, tweeted like mad, and has prompted a vigorous debate among journalism professionals.

Richard Engel Reveals a Diary of His Syrian Kidnapping -- and How His Captors Terrorized Their Victims (Vanity Fair)
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, blindfolded, gagged, and held captive by the shabiha militia for five days. Engel documented his captivity in April's Vanity Fair. TVNewser Engel wrote the article in a diary format, recounting to the minute what happened.

CNN's Soledad O'Brien on Her Entrepreneurial TV Future (Bloomberg Businessweek)
When Jeff Zucker started last month, he had a different vision. He was coming in to make changes across the board that, frankly, CNN really needs. Part of that vision was that I wouldn't be on the morning show. Once I knew what he wanted, I focused on how I could do what I enjoy most.

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