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1:10 AM ET, February 22, 2014

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CNN:
Venezuela says CNN can stay, a day after saying ‘get out’  —  (CNN) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told a CNN reporting team Friday that it could continue reporting in the South American country, a day after the government revoked or denied press credentials for CNN journalists.
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Natalie Kitroeff / The Lede:
Venezuela Battles Media, Social and Otherwise, to Restrict Protest Coverage
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Attorney General Signs New Rules to Limit Access to Journalists' Records  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who drew fire last spring over the Justice Department's aggressive tactics for secretly obtaining reporters' phone logs and emails as part of leak investigations …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix packets being dropped every day because Verizon wants more money  —  Verizon wants to be paid by consumers and Cogent, but Cogent refuses to pay.  —  The battle over who should pay to carry Netflix traffic is heating up again, and one of the main players blames Verizon's greed …
Discussion: @caseyliss and CNNMoney.com
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Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Direct connection between Comcast and Netflix networks suggests peering agreement reached  —  Breaking: Netflix and Comcast have reached a peering agreement  —  Consumers' troubles with online video may be subsiding — at least for Comcast customers.  Comcast and Netflix appear to have resolved …
Discussion: The Verge, Engadget and BGR
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Associated Press:
White House bars media from Dalai Lama meeting  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House defended its decision Friday to bar reporters and photojournalists from a meeting between President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, while acknowledging the news media's legitimate interest in covering the two leaders' encounter.
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Sees Time Warner Cable Deal Boosting Broadband Competition  —  Executive Says Deal Wouldn't Harm Home Users or Content Companies  —  A Comcast executive said Friday the company's planned $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable would create new competition in the commercial market …
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
FCC's new closed captioning rules had long journey  —  FCC rules aimed at stopping inaccurate closed captioning took ten years to become a reality.  New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made it a priority of his regime.  —  Thomas “Tom” Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Proposed FCC study of news organizations sparks outcry
Bloomberg:
Roku Said to Be Weighing Initial Public Offering in U.S. in 2014  —  Roku Inc., the maker of set-top boxes that connect TVs to the Internet, is weighing an initial public offering in the U.S. this year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  A decision to move ahead hasn't been made …
Discussion: VentureBeat, @pkafka, Gigaom and @zseward
James Ball / Guardian:
Why are all the House of Cards journalists so bad at journalism?  —  Zoe and the gang can't report, lack ethics and have the common sense of a hacker's guinea pig.  Somebody should fire them … Journalists have a guilty pleasure.  In fact, we have several.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Garrick Utley, Former NBC Anchor and Foreign Correspondent, Dies at 74  —  Garrick Utley, a former anchor for NBC News who for many years was one of a rare breed in television news reporting, a full-time foreign correspondent, died on Thursday night at his home in Manhattan.  He was 74.
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Southern Living Puts its Name on Branded Communities  —  Diehard fans of Time Inc.'s Southern Living can live in a Southern Living-branded house filled with Southern Living-branded décor, thanks to the brand's formidable stable of brand extensions.  There are home goods (furniture …
Discussion: @steve_katz
Leo Mirani / Quartz:
Turns out Twitter is even more politically polarized than you thought  —  This is what Twitter looks like when two groups with different political views talk about the same thing:  —  As part of a new study on Twitter's network structures, the Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research …
Discussion: @gregdklein, SocialTimes and AppNewser
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Dish's Charlie Ergen: I'm Nervous About Comcast-TWC, Surprised Our Business Hasn't Been Worse  —  Optimism is supposedly one of the qualities people look for in politicians and business leaders.  Apparently no one told Charlie Ergen, who seemed less concerned with soothing investors …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
TV antenna maker Mohu targets cord cutters with new Channels device  —  Mohu, best known for its Mohu Leaf TV antenna, is introducing a new device that combines over-the-air TV with online video services.  The company will launch a Kickstarter campaign for its new Mohu Channels product early next week …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Jimmy Kimmel's Sochi wolf video hoax attracts criticism from media executives, others  —  KIMMEL'S WOLF HOAX: ABC NEWS KNEW AHEAD OF TIME  —  ABC News received advance warning of Jimmy Kimmel's prank about a wolf supposedly prowling the athletes' village in Sochi but didn't steer …
Discussion: Mediaite, @seangentille and Re/code
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Purdue clears police who detained student journalist  —  Police at Purdue University were within their rights to detain a student journalist and seize his camera, an investigation led by the school's police chief determined.  —  Hayleigh Colombo and Dave Bangert of the (Lafayette, Ind.) …
Discussion: jconline.com
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Charter CEO Rutledge: After Losing Time Warner Cable, We're Still Interested in Acquiring Subscribers  —  Charter Communications may have been blindsided by Comcast's $45 billion bid last week for Time Warner Cable — topping Charter's hostile takeover offer — but president and CEO Tom Rutledge …
David Gelles / DealBook:
Barnes & Noble Receives Conditional Offer  —  G Asset Management, a little-known investment firm, offered on Thursday to acquire 51 percent of Barnes & Noble in a deal that would value the bookseller's shares at $22 apiece.  —  Barnes & Noble stock jumped 10 percent on the news in midday trading on Friday …
 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Publishing businesses contributed to revenue gain at former Washington Post company
William Dotinga / Courthouse News Service:
Media Outlets Put Google's Feet to the Fire in Gmail Wiretap Suit
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Ireland's newspapers lose print sales, but national titles hold up well
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Plain Dealer managing editor explains ‘digital first’ strategy
Guardian:
Phone-hacking trial told of ‘bin man’ who sold documents to newspapers
Angela Doland / AdAge:
Western TV Hits a Big Draw for Online Viewers — and Advertisers — in China
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Mexican Broadcasters Voice More Objections to Slim TV
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
BitTorrent shuts down its live streaming website to refocus on mobile
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Gannett blog shuts down after almost 7 years
Discussion: Gannett Blog and SFist
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources say Amazon readying a Web TV box competing with Apple TV and Roku, for March rollout
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
Contributoria catch up Q&A: how the first month went
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