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12:45 PM 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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David Ingram / Reuters:
Comcast again turns to Davis Polk for Time Warner antitrust case  —  (Reuters) - Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) will again be working with its longtime antitrust counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell, as the communications and entertainment group seeks to navigate the U.S. approval process to merge with rival Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC.N).
DealBook:
For Comcast, Daring Deals to Expand Its Reach Across Industries  —  Three weeks ago, Comcast unveiled plans to build an addition to its headquarters, a gleaming steel-and-glass tower designed by the renowned architect Norman Foster that will cast a shadow over downtown Philadelphia.
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
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Piers Morgan was questioned by Scotland Yard's hacking squad  —  Former Daily Mirror editor confirms he was interviewed by officers from Operation Weeting in December  —  Piers Morgan, the CNN presenter who used to edit the Daily Mirror, has been interviewed under caution by Scotland Yard detectives investigating phone-hacking.
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.
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
ABC combined circulation: Is it really a ‘new dawn’ for magazine measurement?  —  Advertising, Consumer Media, Digital Media, Mobile  —  In what has already been called a “new dawn” for the magazine industry, the ABC has started combining print and digital sales figures into one audited figure …
Discussion: Talking New Media
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BBC:
NME sales dip below 20,000 copies
Discussion: Guardian and Guardian
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.
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. …
Eric J. Smith / NetNewsCheck:
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 …
Lexy Savvides / CNET:
Fair use provision recommended for Australian copyright law  —  A report by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has recommended that fair use provisions be added to Australian copyright law.  —  The ALRC handed down its recommendations in response to a request from the previous federal government …
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 …
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.
Trent Wolbe / The Verge:
Can we save AM radio?  —  Keeping amplitude modulation out of the dustbin of history  —  Before Facebook, before the internet, before cellphones and TV and even FM radio, there was AM radio.  Entire families would gather around elaborate refrigerator-sized receivers and bask in the warm glow …
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 …
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