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5:55 PM ET, August 26, 2014

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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Netflix pushes to block the Comcast-Time Warner merger, submitting a ‘Petition to Deny’ to the FCC  —  Netflix has made no secret of its opposition to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger, previously calling it ‘anti-competitive’.  Now, the streaming giant has officially lodged its concerns …
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Ted Johnson / Variety:
Los Angeles Mayor: FCC Should Consider Dodgers Dispute in Comcast-TW Cable Merger Review  —  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says that the FCC's review of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger should examine “real world problems like the Dodgers dispute,” in which more than 60% …
Sruthijith KK / Quartz:
Times of India demands ownership and passwords of staffers' company-related social accounts as well as disclosure of personal accounts  —  The Times of India just instituted a bizarre Twitter and Facebook policy  —  Hundreds of journalists working at the Times of India and its sister publications …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Gannett Looks to Ignite the Return of the Giant Banner Ad  —  Over the past few years, the banner ad, in all its shapes and sizes, has been seriously out of vogue as online advertisers have taken great pains to create ads that are “native.”  In-your-face ads are out as brands strive to blend in.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
Turner Broadcasting announces voluntary buyout program for around 6% of its US workforce  —  Turner Broadcasting offers voluntary buyouts  —  Seeking to reduce costs at channels like TNT, TBS, Adult Swim and CNN, Turner Broadcasting today announced a voluntary buyout program for about 6% of its U.S.-based employees.
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
Re/code introducing native advertising  —  A New Advertising Format for Re/code  —  Eagle-eyed readers may notice a new feature here on Re/code today.  It's called “Sponsor Content,” and is, for us, a new form of advertising.  Known broadly as “native advertising,” this is a category …
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Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Sorry, everyone: The future of journalism is still up in the air  —  As a smartphone-obsessed journalist, there was never any doubt that I would click on the headline “How the Smartphone Ushered In a Golden Age of Journalism.”  And surprise!  In the August issue of Wired, Frank Rose tells us that “journalism ... is holding its own.”
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Rogers And Shaw Team Up To Launch A Netflix Competitor For Canada Called ‘Shomi’  —  Canadian cable giants aren't just going to watch their audience slip away to streaming services - two of the nation's biggest providers have joined forces to launch shomi, a new subscription-based service …
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims  —  When Journalists Go Missing  —  In 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq, I was working as a senior editor at the Washington Post.  Our owner and publisher—Don Graham and Bo Jones …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks and co-defendants try to recoup £20m in hacking trial costs  —  News UK to submit majority of claims for legal fees of up to £25m in case presiding judge called ‘most expensive in country’  —  Rebekah Brooks and her co-defendants in the phone-hacking trial are looking …
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
The 2014 Online Journalism Award Finalists  —  The Online News Association has announced the 2014 finalists for its Online Journalism Awards.  The awards honor a variety of categories, including investigative journalism, data journalism, visual digital storytelling, general excellence, public service and more.
Cliff Kuang / Wired:
Instagram releases Hyperlapse app for creating fast, smooth time-lapse videos  —  Hyperlapse, Instagram's New App, Is Like a $15,000 Video Setup in Your Hand  —  Today at 10am PST, Instagram is lifting the veil on Hyperlapse, one of the company's first apps outside of Instagram itself.
 
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