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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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast: Without Time Warner Cable, we can't compete against Google, Netflix
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
NYT should have acknowledged WSJ's persistent legal fight to open up Medicare data  —  Times Should Have Nodded to Wall Street Journal in Medicare Story  —  The New York Times led its print edition today with an extensive treatment of an important story: that a small fraction of doctors …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Automattic, Steward of Wordpress, Snaps up Longreads  —  In the desert of short news bites and unsatisfying blog posts, the website and weekly email Longreads is a refreshing anomaly.  Since 2009, the small Oakland-based company has been linking to stories of over 1,500 words …
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 …
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 …
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Frothy media reporting about tech companies could signal another financial bubble  —  The press and the tech bubble  —  How the groundwork might be laid for another Big One  —  Here's a headline you don't like to see if you're worried about a possible social-media/tech bubble:
Jim Bach / American Journalism Review:
A New Code: SPJ Struggles to Define Rules of Online Journalism  —  The Society of Professional Journalists, after leaving its code of ethics untouched for nearly 18 years, has released a revised draft that includes, for the first time, updated guidance on how journalists should behave in the rapidly changing field of digital news.
Discussion: @rogerswrites
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.
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.
Edirin Oputu / Columbia Journalism Review:
WNYC is beefing up its data journalism  —  New York's public radio station is expanding its data reporting  —  WNYC's data team has tracked a lot over the years: cicadas, flood zones, and even wireless internet access on the subway.  Now the station's newest project, a community data experiment called …
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
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 …
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 …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Marty Baron is partly right about the Washington Post and Ezra Klein — but mostly wrong  —  It's hard enough being the editor of a newspaper like the Washington Post at the best of times — and these are clearly not the best of times — but it has to be even harder to try and defend your decision …
Discussion: Felix Salmon and @dankennedy_nu, Thanks:@mathewi
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.
 
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BBC:
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Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How some journalists are using anonymous secret-sharing apps
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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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