A new eMarketer report suggests that for the first time American adults are spending more time on digital media than they are spending watching television. AdAge reports the findings indicate quite the consumption: five hours and nine minutes, up from 4:31 last year and 3:50 in 2011. Television time hasn't necessarily suffered, but it is flat: four hours and 31 minutes, down from 4:38 in 2012. Radio gets 1:26 and print 32 minutes of the day.
Edward Snowden is getting temporary respite in Russia. The former National Security Agency employee who leaked classified information to the media has been granted asylum there for a year. Meantime, the U.S. Senate is moving ahead with consideration of a press shield law that would toughen rules to subpoena phone records and require notice for requests for information.
Cory Bergman, writing for Poynter, examines how Facebook adjusted its business to accommodate the rise of mobile. The company realized that its focus on desktop computing was unlikely to be the most valuable long-term strategy, and that has proven wise. Desktop purchases and usage are peaking and expected to decline as mobile rapidly grows in the years ahead. Facebook will soon derive more revenue from mobile than through desktop advertising. The message for news organization: it's time to aggressively re-engineer, again, and that the shift to digital was only part of the journey.