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7:40 AM ET, April 2, 2014


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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Stock Drop Complicates TWC Deal  —  Takeover Value Falls to $144 a Share, Giving Charter a Possible Opening  —  Comcast Corp.'s deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. has run into an unexpected source of turbulence: a weak stock price.  —  In the nearly seven weeks since the deal was announced …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:   Comcast: Business services is sweet spot in Time Warner Cable deal
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
After Fan Complaints, NBCU to Keep Television Without Pity and DailyCandy Archives Public  —  NBCUniversal will be making the archived content of two high-profile sites that it is closing down — Television Without Pity and DailyCandy — available to the public, the media giant confirmed.
Jennifer Bjorhus / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor makes cash offer to buy Minneapolis Star Tribune  —  Wolves owner Glen Taylor makes cash offer to buy Star Tribune  —  The billionaire Minnesota businessman would be the sole owner and operate it as a stand-alone company.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify debuts ‘dark’ redesign ahead of competition from iTunes and YouTube  —  Streaming service has new look and Your Music collections, but bigger beasts are preparing to enter market  —  Spotify is rolling out a new dark look for its mobile, desktop and web apps.
Brett Scott / Contributoria:
Crowdfunding critical thought: How alternative finance builds alternative journalism  —  Greg Palast's approach to investigative journalism can be summed up in one phrase: Stand up for the underdogs, and take on the fatcats.  His hard-hitting reports on corporations like ExxonMobil …
Discussion: @cjenscook and @adamgomolin
Alexander Howard / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
NPR's news app developer Jeremy Bowers talks skills, processes, and tools for data journalism  —  Profile of the Data Journalist: Jeremy Bowers  —  As in 2012, when I published a series of profiles of data journalists at Radar, I've conducted a series of email interviews after the annual conference …
Tom Bawden / The Independent:
Government accuses BBC of creating ‘false balance’ on climate change with unqualified sceptics  —  The BBC has been accused of misleading the public about climate change, creating a “false balance” by allowing unqualified climate sceptics too much air time and giving opinion the same weight as fact.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comedy Central Launches Mobile App with 200 Episodes, But the Full Load Isn't Available to Everyone  —  Comedy Central has at last launched its app for Apple iOS devices, which has been years in the works, stocked with nearly 200 episodes and stand-up specials including “South Park,” …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
News Corp wins dismissal of U.S. lawsuit over phone hacking  —  (Reuters) - News Corp, its Chairman Rupert Murdoch and other top officials have won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit accusing them of defrauding shareholders by concealing widespread, illegal phone hacking at two of its British newspapers.
Discussion: The Wrap and
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
With help from Twitter's Biz Stone, Colbert kills the @ColbertReport account after tweetstorm  —  Did Stephen Colbert Bow to Pressure by Deleting @ColbertReport?  —  The #CancelColbert saga came to a head last night when Stephen Colbert dedicated almost all his show to this past weekend's campaign …
Mark Bergen / AdAge:
Apple opens iAd Workbench to everyone with an Apple ID, launches video ads  —  Build Your Own iAd: Apple Throws Open Door to Platform  —  Apple is making its advertising ecosystem more accessible.  —  Starting today, anyone with an Apple ID will be able to open an account with iAd Workbench …
Liz Shannon Miller / Gigaom:
Netflix, Hulu and Amazon bulk up streaming services by offering popular UK TV shows  —  The new British invasion: Why Amazon, Hulu and Netflix love UK TV shows  —  For decades, American fans of British accents had it rough.  Beginning in the 1970s, the primary access they had to television created …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish Launches ESPN, ABC and Disney Internet-Video Services
Madeleine Heffernan / Sydney Morning Herald:
Public debate in danger as News Corp nears monopoly on Australian print market, says ABC chief
Discussion: @profsarahj and @sophia_phan
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
What to expect from Amazon's TV streaming device
Richard Prince / The Maynard Institute:
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Tara Conlan / Guardian:
London Live's top-rated show draws 22,000 viewers
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Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Upworthy moves into native advertising, inks ad deal with Unilever
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The Wrap:
Blue Ant Media Invests in YouTube Network Omnia Media
Discussion: Digital Journal
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StyleHaul Taps Paramount Exec as Content Chief (Exclusive)
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