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10:15 AM ET, April 28, 2014

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David Carr / New York Times:
Cable providers cling to bundled TV channels as viewing habits evolve  —  New Challenges Chip Away at Cable's Pillar of Profit  —  For decades, cable television has been an almost magical source of profits, in large part because of the bundle, the packaging of channels that compels subscribers …
The Atlantic Online:
Net Neutrality: A Guide to (and History of) a Contested Idea  —  This week, news broke that the Federal Communications Commission is considering new rules for how the Internet works.  —  In short: the FCC would allow network owners (your Verizons, Comcasts, etc.) to create Internet …
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Raleigh News & Observer reporter's investigations of scandals at UNC spark reform and outrage  —  University of North Carolina Is at Odds With a Raleigh Newspaper  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — There have been violent threats, angry screeds, Twitter flame campaigns and an entire website predicated …
Michael Cavna / Washington Post:
41 years later, The Post publishes spiked ‘Doonesbury’ Watergate comic for the first time.  Here's why...  THIS WEEK, The Washington Post ran, for the first time, a comics-page strip in which a character declared former Nixon attorney general John Mitchell guilty for Watergate crimes.
Economist:
In Pakistan, being a journalist becomes increasingly lethal  —  Journalism in Pakistan: The silencing of the liberals  —  THERE was a time when Hamid Mir, Pakistan's most famous journalist, had little reason to fear his work might put his life in danger.  In a country where his trade …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft goes Hollywood as it unveils Xbox Originals television programs for Xbox Live  —  After a lot of anticipation and some major investments in Hollywood, Microsoft is unveiling its original television shows, dubbed Xbox Originals, for its Xbox Live online entertainment network.
Associated Press:
Comcast shedding 3.9M subscribers to ease deal with Charter  —  Comcast selling some cable systems to Charter  —  PHILADELPHIA — Comcast would shed about 3.9 million subscribers in deal with cable competitor Charter Communications Inc. to help Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable clear regulatory hurdles.
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
Ad Buyers Slowly Taking Digital NewFronts More Seriously  —  Agencies Bring Digital Players in For Early Development Meetings, Just Like TV  —  Creativity Top 5  —  Digital platforms are aggressively seeking TV dollars again in this year's NewFronts presentations, which kick off on Monday.
Jeff Jarvis / Mediashift:
LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman and Knight Foundation fund CUNY's new Masters in Social Journalism  —  CUNY to Launch Master's in Social Journalism  —  Some big news at CUNY: We are developing a new master's degree in social journalism.  We've considered calling it a degree in community information and engagement.
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Alibaba to Pay $1.2 Billion For Stake in Chinese Video Leader Youku-Tudou  —  UDINE, Italy — Alibaba, China's massive home shopping group, is further ramping up its interest in media with the purchase of a $1.22 billion stake in China's online video market leader Youku Tudou.
Edirin Oputu / Columbia Journalism Review:
The New Yorker plagiarises itself, refuses to acknowledge error  —  The New Yorker's plagiarism blunder  —  “The problem is the degree to which you are a victim of your own success”  —  Elizabeth Kolbert's Comment “Rough Forecasts,” published in the April 14 issue of The New Yorker …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Justice Department urges Supreme Court to pass up James Risen's case on confidential sources  —  Justice Department urges SCOTUS to pass up reporter's privilege case  —  The Obama Administration is urging the Supreme Court not to take up New York Times reporter James Risen's plea …
 
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