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4:45 PM ET, April 18, 2014

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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Newspaper industry narrowed revenue loss in 2013 as paywall plans increased  —  The newspaper industry narrowed its total revenue loss in 2013 to 2.6 percent, the best performance since the mid-2000s, according to figures released today by the Newspaper Association of America.
Financial Times:
Comcast and Time Warner in talks to sell subscribers to Charter  —  Comcast and Time Warner Cable have entered negotiations to sell cable assets worth up $20bn to Charter Communications in a deal aimed to allay Washington?s concerns about their proposed merger.
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Verge and @zseward
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Smaller Barnes & Noble Stores?  'Yes, It's Possible,' Says Leonard Riggio … Several weeks before Chairman Leonard Riggio sold his latest tranche of shares in Barnes & Noble, he sat down for a chat at the retailer's corporate offices in Manhattan.  Here, an edited Q&A:
Martin Beck / Marketing Land:
Facebook Paper 1.1 Rewards Publishers With New Cover Treatments  —  Facebook's iOS-only news reader app, Paper, got an upgrade today.  Paper 1.1 has added features from Facebook's main stable of offerings, including birthday and event notifications and the ability to insert photos from the iPhone camera or camera roll into comments.
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
Digital Public Library of America to add millions of records to its archive  —  At one year old, DPLA makes some big partnerships and looks back on its growth.  —  Today marks the Digital Public Library of America's one-year anniversary.  To celebrate the occasion, the non-profit library …
Discussion: Melville House Books
Reuters:
Weibo debut highlights complicated dance with Chinese censors  —  (Reuters) - Weibo Corp executives on Thursday toasted the Chinese social media firm's debut at Nasdaq's New York headquarters.  Hours earlier in Beijing, Charles Xue, a Chinese-American venture capitalist and prominent Weibo user …
Edward Nawotka / Publishing Perspectives:
Byliner uses social media to monetize back catalog, tie older stories to current news hooks  —  Byliner Sees Huge Opportunity in “Second Serial” Rights  —  Join us on April 24 in NYC at this half-day event, where we'll discuss how to sell more backlist titles, find new licensing and distribution channels …
Barbara Selvin / Poynter:
Newseum will include weeklies in its “Today's Front Pages” exhibit after campaign by editors  —  Newseum relents, will display weeklies after protest by editors  —  A daylong protest by weekly newspaper editors from around the U.S. against the Newseum's snubbing …
Discussion: The Rural Blog and @poynter
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Regulators Propose Limited Set-Aside of TV Airwaves for Unlicensed Use  —  Federal regulators will propose setting aside a limited amount of spectrum for use by unlicensed devices in an auction of TV airwaves next year.  —  “With the increased use of Wi-Fi, this spectrum has also become congested.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
ESPN Sees Continued Profitability Despite Competition  —  Aiming to squelch smoldering concerns about ESPN's continued profitability amid rising sports rights costs, the Walt Disney Company on Thursday said profits at its ESPN-dominated cable networks unit would grow in the “high single digits” …
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:
Eric Pickles: I'll shut council freesheets that publish ‘propaganda on the rates’  —  Communities secretary targets five Labour-led London boroughs, where he says free press is being put out of business  —  An advertising board for a London newspaper.  Eric Pickles says the capital's local press …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Former Maker employee and shareholder Andy Faberlle sues to block acquisition by Disney  —  Maker-Disney: New Lawsuit Asks for Unwinding of Merger  —  A shareholder argues that Disney's acquisition came after fraud at the company.  —  Maker Studios CEO Ynon Kreiz
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