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12:45 PM ET, April 9, 2014

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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Senate Committee Begins Its Review of Comcast Deal  —  WASHINGTON — Comcast took its case for acquiring Time Warner Cable to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, arguing at a Senate hearing that its proposed $45 billion takeover would benefit consumers by generating greater investment …
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast: Without Time Warner Cable, we can't compete against Google, Netflix  —  Comcast says it has “one arm tied behind our back” on eve of Senate hearing.  —  Comcast today filed a 175-page “public interest statement” with the Federal Communications Commission to explain …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Q&A site Quora raises $80M to build the next Wikipedia  —  Quora believes it has built the best question and answer service on the Internet.  Now, it's looking to Wikipedia for inspiration.  —  With a fresh $80 million in the bank, Quora's head of business operations, Marc Bodnick …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Why CNN Is Launching A News Show Built For Twitter  —  As every media company from Yahoo to Microsoft to Crackle looks to up the amount of original Web video it produces, here comes CNN.  —  The television news network has been in the middle of major overhaul undertaken …
Discussion: @jennifersaba, @mdornic and @jcstearns
Joel Achenbach / Achenblog:
Journalism is aggregation  —  While reporting a story last week I had a sudden revelation: I'm an aggregator.  I'm one of them.  I'm the person that I've been kvetching about for years now.  “They think information wants to be stolen.”  You know the rant.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
John Glenday / The Drum:
Time borrows $1.4bn to buy British sister company  —  US publishing giant Time has announced its intention to raise $1.4bn of debt in order to purchase the UK operations of the media brand which are currently owned by Time Warner.  —  Time the publishing arm of Time Warner …
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Hibu lays off nearly 200 journalists  —  Chalk up another flop to another plan to turn a profit with digital hyper-local media.  —  Hyper-local was the all the rage a few years ago, but there are few success stories in 2014.  —  Hibu, which was the former Yellow Pages, had an aggressive plan …
Carrie Battan / The New Republic:
Podcasts: The Last Refuge of the C-List Celebrity (and Bret Easton Ellis)  —  oday we're going to talk about goddamn camera phones, and everybody wanting to take a picture of every goddamn thing," the rapper-turned “Law and Order: SVU” star Ice T said recently. “  This is not gangster.  This is not fly.
Randall Chase / Associated Press:
Guild can intervene in fight for Philly newspapers  —  WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge says the union representing hundreds of workers for Philadelphia's two largest newspapers can participate in the dissolution of their ownership group.  —  The judge this week granted a request …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Oxygen Shifts Focus to Millennial Viewers  —  In another sign of the growing influence of the millennial generation on Madison Avenue, the Oxygen cable channel will be revamped to appeal to a modern young woman, offering several new series with a multicultural focus.
Discussion: @sulinnichols
Alex DeMarban / Alaska Dispatch:
Digital news organization Alaska Dispatch buys McClatchy's 68-year old newspaper Anchorage Daily News for $34M  —  Alaska Dispatch to purchase Anchorage Daily News  —  In what amounts to a stunning media shakeup in the 49th state, the still-young online news organization Alaska Dispatch announced …
Press Gazette:
UK minister responsible for the future of press regulation, Maria Miller, resigns over expenses row  —  Culture secretary Maria Miller quits over expenses row  —  The government minister responsible for the future of press regulation, Maria Miller, has resigned as Culture Secretary …
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Publications aim to make debunking as popular as fake images  —  Adrienne LaFrance and Matt Novak live in different cities and write for different sites in the Gawker Media network.  LaFrance is a freelancer who contributes to several other publications.  Novak works full-time on his blog, Paleofuture, which is part of Gizmodo.
Helienne Lindvall / Guardian:
Muso a friendly way to fight piracy  —  Finding your music on infringing sites feels like being burgled, but a producer and songwriter has come up with a solution  —  Imagine if you downloaded a file from an illegal filesharing site or cyberlocker and, when you tried to open it …
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Reddit Execs Ellen Pao and Jena Donlin Get Serious About the Site's Business (Q&A)  —  Reddit is one of the biggest sites on the Web.  Now it just needs to start making it rain.  —  Since 2005, the online community message board and link-sharing site has risen from an esoteric bulletin board service …
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Vice Media targets more mainstream TV deals after Fremantle tie-up  —  (Reuters) - Vice Media, the New York-based group whose edgy reportage has proved a hit with young people, plans to sell more content to mainstream TV groups after signing such a deal with “American Idol” producer Fremantle Media, it said on Wednesday.
Tom Perry / Reuters:
Egypt arrests journalist said to work for Al Jazeera - agency  —  Egyptian security forces have arrested a man who worked for Qatar's Al Jazeera television network and accused him of inciting and taking part in violence, the state news agency MENA said on Wednesday.
Laurie Burkitt / Wall Street Journal:
IMAX to Sell 20% Stake in Its Chinese Business  —  China Media Capital, FountainVest to Help Movie Firm to Expand  —  BEIJING— IMAX Corp. plans to sell a 20% stake in its Chinese business to two China-focused investor groups in an $80 million deal that the big-movie-screen operator hopes …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Sesame Street now has its own dedicated video-on-demand service called Sesame GO  —  Breaking Bad fan?  Sign-up to Netflix.  Looking to stream more recent theatrical releases?  Check out Amazon Instant Video.  Kids addicted to Sesame Street?  Well, there's a new kid on the VOD block just for that.
 
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BBC:
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Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Discovery Acquires Stake in DogTV, a Network Aimed at Canine Viewers
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Jack Shafer:
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
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