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3:15 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: 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:
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: @poynter and The Rural Blog
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.
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 …
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” …
Discussion: @richarddeitsch and Deadline.com
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
Discussion: Variety
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings  —  The popular streaming service is hit with a complaint in New York court with potentially big consequences.  —  The major record labels are now suing Pandora for exploiting sound recordings made prior to February 15, 1972.
Politico:
Conservative radio hosts garnered nearly $22M in sponsorships from conservative lobby groups  —  The tea party radio network  —  Glenn Beck worked the crowd like a preacher at a rally this month in Louisville, Ky., declaring that God had responded to conservatives' prayers by sending a slate …
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