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8:55 AM ET, February 13, 2014

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Comcast:
Time Warner Cable To Merge With Comcast Corporation To Create A World-Class Technology And Media Company  —  Strategic Combination Will Accelerate Delivery of Comcast's Technologically Advanced Products and Services to Time Warner Cable's Customers  —  Transaction Creates Multiple Pro-Consumer …
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Bloomberg:
Comcast Agrees to Buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 Billion  —  Comcast Corp. agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2 billion, combining the two largest U.S. cable companies in an all-stock transaction.  —  Investors of New York-based Time Warner Cable will receive 2.875 new Comcast stock …
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast, Time Warner Deal to Spark Regulatory Debate, Outcome Uncertain  —  Cable Prices, Net Neutrality and Competition Will Be Debated in Proposed $45 Billion Deal  —  Comcast Corp.'s $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable is sure to spark fierce debate on everything from cable prices …
Discussion: Re/code and @wsjd
Om Malik / Gigaom:
Comcast and Time Warner Cable: Forget TV, it is all about broadband  —  If it is allowed to gobble up its number two rival, Time Warner Cable, Philadelphia-based Comcast will become the largest broadband provider in the United States, and perhaps the largest outside China.
Peter Weber / The Week:
There's no way Comcast will buy Time Warner Cable  —  Regulators will look closely at giving one company such dominance in pay TV, but they'll balk at giving Comcast the keys to our internet  —  C  —  omcast is proposing to buy rival Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, combining the No. 1 and No. 2 cable TV providers in the country.
Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Plan New Set-Top Box Amid Time Warner Cable Talks  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is planning to introduce a new Apple TV set-top box as early as April and is negotiating with Time Warner Cable Inc. and other potential partners to add video content, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Here's What the New Apple TV Could Look Like (Hint: Check Your iPad)  —  Apple is reportedly prepping a new version of Apple TV, which would work like a cable set-top box.  Apple is working with Time Warner Cable to launch the device this year, Bloomberg says.
Discussion: @fmanjoo, MacRumors and 9to5Mac
Wall Street Journal:
Apple TV's scaled-back plans would rely on cable providers to acquire programming rights  —  Apple in Talks to Revamp Set-Top Box  —  Scaled-Back Plans Would Rely on Cable Providers to Acquire Programming Rights  —  Apple Inc. appears to be scaling back its lofty TV industry plans.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The Guardian signs seven-figure deal to build on ‘shared values’ and provide branded content for Unilever  —  Guardian News and Media has signed a seven-figure deal to provide branded content for household goods giant Unilever.  —  It is the first deal for the new Guardian Labs division …
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
PBS station WNET financed “Pension Peril” series with $3.5M donation from Arnold Foundation  —  The Wolf of Sesame Street: Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS's news division  —  On December 18th, the Public Broadcasting Service's flagship station WNET issued …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Media Standards Trust updates its “churnalism” tools  —  The U.K.'s Media Standards Trust has released an updated version of Churnalism, its tool to identify news stories that are thin rewrites (or outright cut-and-paste copies) of press releases.  In addition to a revamped website …
Discussion: Media Standards Trust
Bloomberg:
Buffett in Talks to Exit Stake in Graham Holdings  —  Warren Buffett is in talks to exit his $1.1 billion investment in Graham Holdings Co. (GHC), the former publisher of the Washington Post, after owning the stock for more than four decades.  —  Graham may swap assets including a business …
Hu Yong / Nieman Reports:
China's market-oriented media face a precarious future  —  Two-thousand-and-three was a milestone year for investigative journalism in China.  Some media organizations had been transformed from Communist Party propaganda tools into market-oriented news outlets.
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Jack Shafer:
The new Medicis funding journalism  —  Neil Barsky, a former Wall Street money manager, became the latest Medici of journalism this week when he hired Bill Keller, former executive editor of the New York Times, to head his new non-profit journalism enterprise, the Marshall Project.
Khoi Vinh / Subtraction.com:
Crediting digital subscribers when they share NYT content can increase paying customers  —  An Idea for The Times' Pay Wall  —  In the month or so since The New York Times officially launched its new site design, I've found that I like it more and more.  As I said back then …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Buzzfeed Getting 100 Million Monthly Views on YouTube, Steinberg  —  PALM SPRINGS, CA - Buzzfeed has quickly established a big video footprint and is getting 100 million monthly views on YouTube, says Jon Steinberg, President and COO, in this video interview with Beet.TV
Thanks:@beet_tv
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Contextual Homescreen App Aviate Adds A Smart “Listening Space” For Music Lovers  —  Aviate, the contextual Android homescreen application Yahoo bought for $80 million in January, has rolled out an update today which introduces a smart “Listening Space” that allows users to more easily find …
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Battling for profitability, GlobalPost adds “Voices” commentary with $100k Ford grant  —  Rieder: Digital journalism's financial challenge  —  Foreign news site GlobalPost launches a new feature with foundation support.  —  Being a digital journalism entrepreneur is not for the fainthearted.
Deutsche Welle:
Myanmar: School of journalism in the making  —  Germany's Federal President Joachim Gauck has praised DW Akademie's efforts to set up a much-needed journalism school in Myanmar.  He referred to the project in a speech given this week at Yangon University.  —  The first national school …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Who Rules The Second Screen, Facebook Or Twitter?  —  Twitter's user growth in the last couple quarters may have been less than stellar, but one place the social messenging service hasn't disappointed is its hold on television viewers.  Twitter executives see the so-called second screen experience …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen Pauses Effort To Report Broadband-Only Audiences Watching Local TV  —  Nielsen is putting its efforts to divulge broadband-only households watching programming from local TV stations on hiatus, after various requests from the TV industry.  —  Because of technical issues …
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Is U.S. press freedom really ‘plummeting’?  Not if you look at the data.  —  This year's global press freedom ranking, released annually by the international NGO Reporters Without Borders, appears to show something alarming: The U.S. has dropped in the rankings from the world's 32nd most free for media to only 46th.
Discussion: @jcstearns and The Huffington Post
David Lieberman / Deadline.com:
CBS Beats Q4 Earnings Estimates And Says It Will Add $1.5B To Share Buys This Quarter  —  CBS shares are up in post market trading after it reported the ambitious stock repurchase plan — bringing Q1 buying to $2B — and Q4 results that exceeded forecasts just about everywhere except in local broadcasting and its billboard operation.
 
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