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9:00 AM ET, February 14, 2014

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Edward Wyatt / DealBook:
Industry Shifts May Aid Comcast in Takeover Bid  —  On the face of it, the merger of the country's two largest cable companies would seem like a nonstarter, given its steep regulatory hurdles and skepticism from consumer watchdogs.  —  But Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable comes …
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Michael J. Copps / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists need to generate a national discussion on the future of the internet  —  Journalists need to generate a national discussion on the future of the internet  —  Dear Journalists:  —  You may wonder why a long-time regulator like me is writing to you.
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Comcast deal could put NY1 in FiOS homes  —  Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable could be a boon for NY1, TWC's beloved local cable news channel.  —  According to an open letter from Comcast executive V.P. David L. Cohen, cable channels owned by Time Warner Cable would be subject …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Peering could replace net neutrality as one of the key issues in Comcast-Time Warner review
Discussion: @waltmossberg and Deadline.com
Susan Crawford / Bloomberg:
Comcast's Time Warner Deal Is Bad for America
Heidi Moore / Guardian:
The Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is not a marriage made to last
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Charter Likely to Pursue Other Acquisitions
Lance Ulanoff / Mashable:   The National Domination of Comcast and Time Warner in 1 Map
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast lists all the ways a merger with Time Warner is “pro-consumer”
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
The Guardian's Unusual Take on Native Ads  —  The Guardian is jumping on the native ad trend—but, in character for the British newspaper, it's doing so in its own way.  Today it announced the first client, Unilever, of Guardian Labs, its in-house branded content unit.
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The Guardian signs seven-figure deal to build on ‘shared values’ and provide branded content for Unilever
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Maxim owners grow desperate as latest deal collapses  —  The troubled auction to sell Maxim is back on.  —  The owners of Alpha Media and Maxim magazine had already dropped Darden Media Group as a potential buyer even before the arrest Wednesday of convicted stock swindler Calvin Darden Jr …
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Adam Samson / Fox Business:
Man Charged in Scheme to Fraudulently Buy Maxim Magazine
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Guardian Media Group takes 15% stake in digital training company  —  Decoded, based in London's Silicon Roundabout, has trained more than 7,000 people to ‘Code in a Day’  —  The parent company of the Guardian has taken a minority stake in Decoded, the London-based digital training company …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Wall Street Journal:
Pandora to let advertisers target listeners based on its sense of their political leanings  —  Internet Radio Service Builds Profiles of Its Audience  —  Pandora Hopes to Build Ad Revenue by Pinpointing Likely Voting Preferences  —  Next time you listen to a Bob Marley channel on Pandora Media Inc. …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Photos Blocked In Venezuela, Users Say  —  A social media crackdown as protests threaten the government.  —  WASHINGTON — Twitter photos and videos appear to be blocked in Venezuela as the government there attempts to reassert control amid widespread public protests.
Peter Travers / Rolling Stone:
De La Soul to Make Entire Catalog Available for Free  —  Pioneering hip-hop group also releasing flood of new music  —  In honor of next month's 25th anniversary of their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul are making their entire catalog available for free download for 25 hours on the group's website.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Ready to break the internet?  Netflix's “House of Cards” premiere is a big test of how video gets to you  —  “My wife and I like to lay in bed and watch Netflix,” Tom Wheeler, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, said the other day.  But when their internet connection slows down …
Rodney E. Lever / Independent Australia:
The Murdoch trials and the Australian media airbrush  —  The mainstream media in Australia has given little attention to the Murdoch trials in London.  Rodney E Lever says this is an astonishing abuse of power.  —  What is now usually referred to in British media as “the hacking trials” …
Discussion: @colskinner
Pankaj Mishra / TechCrunch:
Indian Music Streaming Startup Dhingana Shuts Down  —  Dhingana, the Indian music streaming startup battling to stay alive for past few months, has finally shutdown.  —  We have been trying to speak with Dhingana CEO Rohit Bhatia for past few weeks, but he's been requesting more time for bringing clarity on the startup's future.
Discussion: MediaNama and The Next Web
NetNewsCheck Latest:
McClatchy Print Slide Offset By Digital Gains  —  While ad revenue continued to slide during McClatchy Co.'s fourth quarter, the company said its print declines were partially offset by 2.2% growth in direct marketing and total digital advertising.  —  The McClatchy Co. today reported total …
Eric Deggans / NPR:
Redefining Hollywood: ‘Diversity Makes More Money’  —  If you spend much time talking about diversity in Hollywood, it's an argument you'll hear often: that ethnic and gender diversity is nice, but it doesn't make a movie profitable or bring ratings to a TV show.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Pandora Suit May Upend Century-Old Royalty Plan  —  As the music industry races toward a future of digital streams and smartphone apps, its latest crisis centers on a regulatory plan that has been in place since “Chattanooga Choo Choo” was a hit.  —  Since 1941, Ascap and BMI …
Discussion: @jkalifowitz
 
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Associated Press:
Greek judge bans investigative TV show
BBC:
NME sales dip below 20,000 copies
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Matt Sheehan / The Huffington Post:
The Chinese Press Battles For Hearts And Minds Abroad
India & World:
Columbia University students launch website on India's elections
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Editorially to shut down its collaborative writing service on May 30
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Anupreeta Das / MoneyBeat:
Buffett's exit from Graham Holdings more closely resembles a friendly restructuring
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Matt Lauer's Olympian Assignment for NBC Begins Early and Ends Late
Discussion: USA Today and TVNewser
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
Grief and grievances at The Plain Dealer
Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
How digital weighs up against print for UK magazine circulations
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC World Service's sponsored content plan will ‘threaten impartiality’
Discussion: @guardian
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Libération editor resigns after journalists go on strike
Discussion: Guardian and @jayrosen_nyu
 

 
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