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12:20 PM ET, February 13, 2014

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Comcast:
Time Warner Cable To Merge With Comcast Corporation To Create A World-Class Technology And Media Company  —  Strategic Combination Will Accelerate Delivery of Comcast's Technologically Advanced Products and Services to Time Warner Cable's Customers  —  Transaction Creates Multiple Pro-Consumer …
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Om Malik / Gigaom:
Comcast and Time Warner Cable: Forget TV, it is all about broadband  —  If it is allowed to gobble up its number two rival, Time Warner Cable, Philadelphia-based Comcast will become the largest broadband provider in the United States, and perhaps the largest outside China.
Bloomberg:
Comcast Agrees to Buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 Billion  —  Comcast Corp. agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2 billion, combining the two largest U.S. cable companies in an all-stock transaction.  —  Investors of New York-based Time Warner Cable will receive 2.875 new Comcast stock …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Local stations ‘have reason to sweat’ over Comcast-Time Warner deal  —  Comcast announced Tuesday it intends to purchase Time Warner Cable for about $45 billion.  —  Such a merger “may have little impact on consumers,” David Gelles writes in The New York Times.
Discussion: UPROXX and Forbes
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Time Warner Cable CEO Sells Company a Month Into Term: ‘This Transaction Seems Very Natural to Me’
Discussion: @edmundlee
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
NBC executives tout Oympics gains, acknowledge critiques, study for 2016  —  The chairman of NBC Sports, Mark Lazarus, remains adamant that timeshifting and subsequently cutting down the Sochi Olympic opening ceremonies was a good idea.  —  “I continue to believe, having now been in the stadium …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Here's What the New Apple TV Could Look Like (Hint: Check Your iPad)  —  Apple is reportedly prepping a new version of Apple TV, which would work like a cable set-top box.  Apple is working with Time Warner Cable to launch the device this year, Bloomberg says.
Discussion: @fmanjoo, Gigaom, MacRumors, 9to5Mac and Mashable
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Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Plan New Set-Top Box Amid Time Warner Cable Talks
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The Guardian signs seven-figure deal to build on ‘shared values’ and provide branded content for Unilever  —  Guardian News and Media has signed a seven-figure deal to provide branded content for household goods giant Unilever.  —  It is the first deal for the new Guardian Labs division …
Hu Shuli / Nieman Reports:
Notes toward an independent, commercially viable news organization  —  Notes toward an independent, commercially viable news organization  —  Technology development has been reshaping the media industry worldwide.  In developed countries like the United States, traditional media companies felt …
Discussion: @davidbarboza2
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Hu Yong / Nieman Reports:   China's market-oriented media face a precarious future
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
FCC Backs Off Study of Newsroom Editorial Practices  —  The Federal Communications Commission is quietly changing course on a controversial study after parts of the methodology were roundly criticized by GOP lawmakers and commissioner Ajit Pai for encroaching into editorial decisions and content at TV stations.
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Libération editor resigns after journalists go on strike  —  Nicolas Demorand was embroiled in row with newsroom staff over shareholders' vision for future of French leftwing paper  —  The editor of France's Libération daily newspaper has resigned, saying after journalists went on strike …
Discussion: Guardian and @jayrosen_nyu
Associated Press:
Negatives Aside, AOL CEO Posts Positive Results  —  NEW YORK (AP) — You've got gaffes.  —  AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong isn't one to mince words.  Over the weekend, he apologized for insensitive comments and backtracked from an unpopular plan to pay matching 401(k) retirement contributions in a lump sum at the end of the year.
Discussion: Mediawire Daily
Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
How digital weighs up against print for UK magazine circulations  —  New data from the Audit Bureau of Circulation reports combined digital and print sales for the first time with print still dominating, for now  —  The Audit Bureau for Circulation (ABC) has released the first ever combined print …
Discussion: Guardian
Alexandra Alter / Wall Street Journal:
NASA Tries to Rewrite the Book on Science Fiction  —  In William Forstchen's new science fiction novel, “Pillar to the Sky,” there are no evil cyborgs, alien invasions or time travel calamities.  The threat to humanity is far more pedestrian: tightfisted bureaucrats who have slashed NASA's budget.
Bloomberg:
Buffett in Talks to Exit Stake in Graham Holdings  —  Warren Buffett is in talks to exit his $1.1 billion investment in Graham Holdings Co. (GHC), the former publisher of the Washington Post, after owning the stock for more than four decades.  —  Graham may swap assets including a business …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Buzzfeed Getting 100 Million Monthly Views on YouTube, Steinberg  —  PALM SPRINGS, CA - Buzzfeed has quickly established a big video footprint and is getting 100 million monthly views on YouTube, says Jon Steinberg, President and COO, in this video interview with Beet.TV
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator-Backed Beacon Offers A New Approach To Crowdfunding Journalism  —  Beacon, part of the current batch of startups incubated by Y Combinator, gives readers another way to support (and get access to) high-quality journalism.  —  Two of the company's co-founders …
Discussion: @adamcl
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Discovery's 4Q Net Rises 29% On Overseas Growth  —  Discovery Communications said its fourth-quarter profit rose 29% on improved performance, largely at its overseas TV operations.  —  The Silver Spring, Md., owner of cable networks like TLC, Discovery Network and Destination America …
 
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Times Magazine editor search nears end
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC World Service's sponsored content plan will ‘threaten impartiality’
Discussion: @guardian
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Battling for profitability, GlobalPost adds “Voices” commentary with $100k Ford grant
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen Pauses Effort To Report Broadband-Only Audiences Watching Local TV
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Media Standards Trust updates its “churnalism” tools
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
Soledad O'Brien Teams Up With Google
David Lieberman / Deadline.com:
CBS Beats Q4 Earnings Estimates And Says It Will Add $1.5B To Share Buys This Quarter
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
PBS station WNET financed “Pension Peril” series with $3.5M donation from Arnold Foundation
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Who Rules The Second Screen, Facebook Or Twitter?
Discussion: @rachaelrad, @kevinweil and Variety
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Is U.S. press freedom really ‘plummeting’? Not if you look at the data.
Discussion: @jcstearns and The Huffington Post
 

 
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