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Facebook To Pay $10 Million To Settle Suit (Reuters)
Facebook Inc. has agreed to pay $10 million to charity to settle a lawsuit that accused the site of violating users' rights to control the use of their own names, photographs and likenesses, according to court documents made public over the weekend. AllThingsD The lawsuit was over a type of Facebook ad called a "Sponsored Story," which is generated after a Facebook user clicks the "Like" button. An ad would then appear on a friend's page, asserting that the person "Likes" the advertiser. HuffPost UK But a law in California says that it's illegal to use "another's name, voice, signature, photograph, or likeness for advertising, selling, or soliciting purposes." Five users in the state challenged the practice last month -- and the decision was made public over the weekend. VentureBeat Sponsored stories are extremely successful compared to other Facebook ad types -- they can have between 20 percent and 46 percent higher click-through rates.

MSNBC To Rotate Hosts At 3 P.M. (Politico / Dylan Byers On Media)
On June 25, MSNBC will launch a new show at 3 p.m. featuring a rotating group of hosts from the network's pool of contributors, sources at the network have confirmed. Steve Kornacki, Salon's political writer, and S.E. Cupp, the conservative columnist, are among those who will co-host the new show, which will replace Martin Bashir's program when it moves to the 4 p.m. slot.

Times-Picayune: Mathews Speaks, New Jobs Posted, And A Jazz Funeral For The Print Edition (Gambit / Blog Of New Orleans)
One day after Times-Picayune employees held a jazz funeral for the paper, new publisher/NOLA Media Group president Ricky Mathews published Sunday a front-page, above-the-fold editorial introducing himself to New Orleanians. Though he was nowhere in the newsroom Tuesday when more than 200 people were fired -- and has still not addressed the paper's staff directly -- Mathews attempted to establish his New Orleans bona fides; "Katrina" was mentioned five times, and the city was once again reminded Mathews enjoys hunting, fishing and attending New Orleans Saints games. Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss: "Colleagues, many of you have asked me when job openings in the new company would be posted. I wanted to let you know that applications and job descriptions for several positions in news, sports and entertainment are now online. Additional jobs will be posted in the coming days and weeks." Poynter / Biz Blog The events of the last two weeks show that Times-Picayune readers and employees are fighting-mad at absentee owner Advance Publications for deciding to eliminate their print newspaper four days a week. Management's reply, as articulated by Amoss, has been, sorry, but "we can't sustain the old business model in the face of irreversible print advertising and readership trends." That was echoed by Mathews, who wrote Sunday, "Before we faced economic doomsday, we decided to build a new model, a combination of print and online that gives us a chance to achieve a sustainable business and content model." So does that mean the savings clearly outweigh the losses in this transition to digital? My math suggests not necessarily, and not right away.

Bloomberg TV's New Lineup Launches Today (TVNewser)
Back in April we noted that Bloomberg TV would be shaking up its daytime lineup following the departure of Margaret Brennan. Now we have a date for the new lineup: Monday, June 18.

U.S. Government Requests For Google Users' Private Data Jump 37 Percent In One Year (Forbes / The Firewall)
The American government's appetite for Google's data is growing. In the second half of 2011, Google received 6,321 requests that it hand over its users' private data to U.S. government agencies, including law enforcement, and complied at least partially with those requests in 93 percent of cases, according to the latest update to the company's bi-annual Transparency Report that it planned to release Sunday night. AllThingsD As for content removals, the U.S. government also asked for more blog posts and videos to be removed from Google and YouTube in the second half of 2011 -- a total of 187 requests for 6,192 items, more than any other country. GigaOM Once again, the Google report shows that democratic countries as well as authoritative ones are asking to remove content.

Newspaper Work, With Warren Buffett As Boss (NYT)
Over the years, newspaper owners have built monuments to themselves in the form of giant buildings, statues and plaques commemorating their roles in their communities and the country at large. At the headquarters of The Buffalo News, a sand-colored office building across the river from a fragrant Cheerios factory, the only visible sign of the owner is a small photograph hanging in the office of the publisher, Stanford Lipsey, signed, "To the best in the business, Warren." Warren is, of course, the billionaire Warren E. Buffett, but the modesty of his physical presence at the paper -- he has not visited the paper in the last eight years -- understates his interest in the paper, which a unit of his company, Berkshire Hathaway, bought in 1977.

New York Post Bumps Price To $1 (Politico / Dylan Byers On Media)
On Monday, the Post will bump its weekday newsstand price from 75 cents to a dollar, a subscription services representative with the company confirmed. The Saturday newsstand price will increase to $1.25, while the Sunday edition jumps to $1.50.

TV's Best Talker: Aaron Sorkin On The Newsroom, Sorkinism, And Sounding Smart (Vulture)
On June 24, HBO will air the debut of The Newsroom, the first cable series from Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning creator of The West Wing and writer of The Social Network. The show is not just a return to television but a series about television -- in particular, television news and its squandered powers. As we watch, the anchorman at its center, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), has a kind of political awakening, shedding his status as "the Jay Leno of news anchors" and reinventing himself as an iconoclastic, Network-style truth-teller, and discovering that, like most great Sorkin characters, he has an awful lot to say -- about the shortcomings of journalism, about the inanities of political discourse on both the left and the right, and about the compromises that can make television so infuriating. The man who puts the words into Will's mouth has some thoughts on those matters as well.

Lagardère Buying Shopping Site For €98.2 Million (paidContent)
French magazine and book publisher and broadcaster Lagardère, which underperforms in digital media, has succeeded in acquiring a majority of shopping site to bolster its efforts.

Niagara Falls Stunt Gives ABC Best Friday In Five Years; 13 Million Watch Wire Walk (TVNewser)
ABC won Friday night with three hours of programming leading up Nik Wallenda's highwire walk over Niagara Falls. ABC's "Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls," a production of ABC News hosted by Josh Elliott and Hannah Storm with contributions from Bill Weir and Sam Champion, was the most-watched non-sports summertime (Memorial Day to Labor Day) telecast since 2006 and gave ABC its best Friday night since November 2007. NYT / Media Decoder ABC easily surpassed NBC, CBS and the other broadcasters for the night. From 10:30 to 11 p.m., when Wallenda finished his walk, ABC netted 13.1 million viewers, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings. According to ABC's own research, the network had not seen a rating that high on a Friday in nearly five years.

The Season Of Broadcast Disconnect (Adweek)
Perhaps no series is more emblematic of cable's summer slate than the HBO vampire drama True Blood. A gory bouillabaisse of sex, death and escapism, Alan Ball's gleefully erratic swamp opera seems to share a strand of DNA with nearly every show on cable. Overstuffed and overheated, fleshy and flashy, True Blood embodies all the things that makes cable appointment viewing during the sultry months. AdAge / Media News Hatfields & McCoys set ratings records Memorial Day, with the three-night epic drama becoming the most-watched non-sports telecast ever for ad-supported basic cable. But aside from scoring a ratings win for History, the cable network best known for decidedly more lowbrow reality fare such as Pawn Stars and Ice Road Truckers, Hatfields & McCoys could spark an industry-wide trend toward the rebirth of a one-time TV mainstay: the miniseries.

Hearst Claims Nearly 2000 Percent Increase In Mobile Traffic In A Year (minOnline)
Almost everyone in the digital marketing space has an infographic these days, usually scraping someone else's research and metrics to tout their own supposed knowledge of a segment. But Hearst this week brings us an infographic that comes straight from its own servers.

Sue Simmons Ends Historic Run At WNBC, Wants To Be 'Employed Elsewhere At Some Point' (FishbowlNY)
And so at 11:35 p.m. Friday night, New York's all-time great anchor team ceased to exist. "Chuck and Sue" became a test pattern of TV history. Sue Simmons concluded a 32-year run at WNBC, sitting next to her "TV husband" Chuck Scarborough for a final time. TVSpy Throughout her final newscast on WNBC, Simmons made it clear that she didn't want to leave. NYT / Media Decoder "This week I was thinking, somebody's made a mistake, you know," Simmons said, alluding to the fact that she was not leaving WNBC entirely of her own accord. "But, you know, everything comes to an end at some point. And this is it for me here, at this station; I hope to be employed elsewhere at some point, even if it's maybe just once a week." New York Daily News Simmons gave no hint where that might be. It's been no secret, however, that the decision back in March not to renew the 69-year-old's $2.5 million annual contract was Ch. 4's, not hers. The Village Voice / Runnin' Scared As you may have heard, WNBC Channel 4 fired Simmons after 32 years when it didn't renew her contract. Friday night, the channel chose to use their final ad spot right before Simmons' final broadcast to advertise for "recent job opportunities" at NBC.

The First Graduates From Advertising High (NYT / Media Decoder)
A high school devoted to teaching students, mostly from minority groups, about advertising and media will graduate its first class of seniors.

eBook Revenues Top Hardcover (GalleyCat)
Net sales revenue from eBooks have surpassed hardcover books in the first quarter of 2012. TechCrunch eBook revenues topped out at $282.3 million year-to-date, while hardcovers hit $229.6. Almost exactly a year ago the tables were turned, with eBooks hitting $220 million and hardcovers brushing past $335 million. Mashable Collectively, adult eBooks brought in $282.3 million in Q1. That's an impressive 28.4 percent increase from the same period a year ago. Young adult and children's eBooks performed even better, catapulting 233 percent to $64.3 million. Sales of adult hardcover books grew too, but more modestly, up 2.7 percent to $229.6 million in Q1 2012.

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