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11:05 AM ET, April 9, 2014

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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 …
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Palmer Gibbs / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Comcast and Time Warner Cable give big to some senators reviewing merger  —  Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is a vocal critic of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.  Franken is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which holds a hearing about the merger on Wednesday.
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: @jcstearns, @jennifersaba and @mdornic
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: @hany2m
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 …
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 …
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma Pays $1.05 Billion for Stake in Chinese Internet TV Company  —  Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Alibaba  —  The Chinese Internet giant is ramping up a strategic push into the country's booming entertainment sector.  —  Jack Ma, the billionaire founder …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World boss denies ‘concealing’ payments to phone hacker  —  Former managing editor Stuart Kuttner denies ‘cooking the books’ to avoid awkward questions, Old Bailey told  —  The former managing editor of the News of the World has denied “concealing” payments for hacker Glenn Mulcaire …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How some journalists are using anonymous secret-sharing apps  —  Gwyneth Paltrow's divorce from rock star husband Chris Martin is not an event with great civic impact.  But it's big news to the many writers whose salaries depend on highly trafficked stories about celebrities, as well as to the massive audience that loves to read them.
Discussion: @niemanlab and Mashable
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 …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Just having a 4K TV isn't enough to see Netflix's 4K streams  —  Netflix just added 4K, but it won't work everywhere.  —  Netflix has added 4K streams to its slate of offerings as of Tuesday, according to a report from CNET.  However, the streams only work on TVs that were released this year …
 
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BBC:
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Yinka Adegoke / Billboard:
Rhapsody increases subscribers 63% year-over-year to 1.7M by bundling with Telefonica and other mobile carriers
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Android fastest-growing platform for Sky News as app downloads hit 10 million
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Esquire Network Quicker to Attract Advertisers Than Audiences
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Discovery Acquires Stake in DogTV, a Network Aimed at Canine Viewers
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