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9:15 PM ET, April 9, 2014

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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Analyzing Comcast's argument for taking over Time Warner Cable  —  Comcast has very bad reasons for wanting to buy Time Warner Cable  —  Defending the massive takeover to the FCC requires some leaps of logic  —  Comcast wants to own the internet — or, at least, the cables that carry it to most Americans' homes.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Techdirt and Daily Dot
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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 …
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.
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.
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
How publishers-turned-platforms pay their amateur contributors  —  As digital publishers look for new ways to make money, many of them are chasing the the publisher-as-platform model.  From financial sites like Forbes and The Street to entertainment sites like BuzzFeed and Entertainment Weekly …
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 …
Associated Press:
Afghan probe begins in attack on AP journalists  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan central government authorities on Wednesday began questioning the police commander who killed an Associated Press photographer and wounded an AP reporter, a day after he was transferred by helicopter to the capital …
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
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Cablevision Names Kristin Dolan COO  —  Sweeney Gets President Nod  —  Cablevision Systems finally found a replacement for former chief operating officer Tom Rutledge, and she was part of the family all along.  —  Cablevision said it has named former president of Optimum Services Kristin Dolan as COO, effective immediately.
Discussion: Media & Entertainment
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 …
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