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8:15 PM ET, February 14, 2014


 Top News: 
Liz Hoffman / Wall Street Journal:
Charter's Nominees to Time Warner Cable Board to Get $75,000 Each  —  Charter Communications Inc. 's effort to overturn the board of Time Warner Cable Inc. will cost Charter nearly $1 million, even as its moves to take over its rival have been thwarted by another suitor.
Discussion: @lizrhoffman, MoneyBeat and Digits
David Ingram / Reuters:   Comcast again turns to Davis Polk for Time Warner antitrust case
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Comcast deal could put NY1 in FiOS homes
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Peering could replace net neutrality as one of the key issues in Comcast-Time Warner review
Discussion: @waltmossberg and
Edward Wyatt / DealBook:
Industry Shifts May Aid Comcast in Takeover Bid
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
WNET to Return $3.5 Million Grant for Pension Series  —  WNET, the New York City public television broadcaster, said Friday that it will return a $3.5 million grant it received to sponsor an ambitious project on public pensions amid charges that it solicited inappropriate underwriting for the series.
Associated Press:
Users say Twitter image blocking in Venezuela ended by Friday  —  LIMA, Peru (AP) — Twitter says Venezuela has blocked images on its service and it offered a workaround for users who want to get tweets via text message on their cellphones.  —  Company spokesman Nu Wexler said Friday via email that …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Piers Morgan was questioned by Scotland Yard's hacking squad  —  Former Daily Mirror editor confirms he was interviewed by officers from Operation Weeting in December  —  Piers Morgan, the CNN presenter who used to edit the Daily Mirror, has been interviewed under caution by Scotland Yard detectives investigating phone-hacking.
Philip Bump / The Wire:
The @barackobama Twitter account is not run by the White House, confusing even media outlets  —  Basically, @BarackObama Is a Parody Twitter Account  —  You know those terrible parody Twitter accounts for Bill Murray or Will Smith that tweet dumb jokes or odd requests as though they're from the celebrities themselves?
Discussion: @vluck, @teecycletim and Twitchy
Peter Travers / Rolling Stone:
De La Soul to Make Entire Catalog Available for Free  —  Pioneering hip-hop group also releasing flood of new music  —  In honor of next month's 25th anniversary of their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul are making their entire catalog available for free download for 25 hours on the group's website.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
The Guardian's Unusual Take on Native Ads  —  The Guardian is jumping on the native ad trend—but, in character for the British newspaper, it's doing so in its own way.  Today it announced the first client, Unilever, of Guardian Labs, its in-house branded content unit.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
David Leonhardt adds staff to Times data venture  —  David Leonhardt has announced a handful of new appointments to the data-driven politics and policy website he's cooking up for The New York Times in the wake of star statistician Nate Silver's departure last fall for ESPN.
Discussion: @gregamarx and @brendannyhan
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Wall Street Journal promotes new China leadership team  —  The Wall Street Journal has named a new senior leadership team at its Chinese-language edition, including Li Yuan, a 10-year Journal veteran who has been promoted to editor-in-chief of the China title after serving as managing editor of for the past eight years.
Discussion: Dow Jones
Matt Sheehan / The Huffington Post:   The Chinese Press Battles For Hearts And Minds Abroad
Angela Washeck / 10,000 Words:
NPR Partners With Quora to Cover Sochi 2014  —  Sochi 2014 is well underway now, and news surrounding the event, whether journalist complaints about hotel conditions on social media or traditional Olympics coverage, is pretty easy to find.  —  But to add another layer of context and value …
Discussion: The Quora Blog
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Welcome Words: Why The Times Bucked the Government on a Drone Strike Story  —  The United States is considering a drone strike to kill an American with alleged terrorist ties.  That's a pretty big deal - shocking to those of us who haven't become completely inured to such news.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Indian Publisher Withdraws Book, Stoking Fears of Nationalist Pressure  —  NEW DELHI — In a fight with a major company, a frail 84-year-old retired headmaster would seem to be the David to India's publishing Goliath, Penguin Books.  —  But this week the headmaster, Dinanath Batra …
Angela Mills Wade / EurActiv:
Current ‘Libor’ regulation is a threat to financial journalism  —  Financial reporting could fall under the scope of the proposed Libor regulation on financial benchmarks, undermining the role played by journalists.  EU regulators must recognise this and exempt the media from the regulation, writes Angela Mills Wade.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Pandora Suit May Upend Century-Old Royalty Plan  —  As the music industry races toward a future of digital streams and smartphone apps, its latest crisis centers on a regulatory plan that has been in place since “Chattanooga Choo Choo” was a hit.  —  Since 1941, Ascap and BMI …
Maggie Brown / Guardian:
Ofcom boss: ‘BBC licence fee should be shared with other broadcasters’  —  Outgoing chair Colette Bowe says making funding ‘contestable’ would promote competition, dynamism and innovation  —  The BBC licence fee should be shared with other broadcasters to promote “competition …
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
ABC combined circulation: Is it really a ‘new dawn’ for magazine measurement?  —  Advertising, Consumer Media, Digital Media, Mobile  —  In what has already been called a “new dawn” for the magazine industry, the ABC has started combining print and digital sales figures into one audited figure …
Discussion: Talking New Media
Eric J. Smith / NetNewsCheck:
McClatchy Print Slide Offset By Digital Gains  —  While ad revenue continued to slide during McClatchy Co.'s fourth quarter, the company said its print declines were partially offset by 2.2% growth in direct marketing and total digital advertising.  —  The McClatchy Co. today reported total …
Jessica Misener / BuzzFeed:
This American Life and Google team up for a podcast-style Valentine's Day doodle  —  The Story Behind Today's Super Romantic Google Doodle  —  This American Life's Ira Glass tells BuzzFeed about the radio-inspired stories gracing today's Google homepage, as well as why social media unnerves him, and his own Valentine's Day plans.
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The Stream:
Venezuelan journalists say: ‘No paper, no newspaper’
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Guardian among 'World's Best-Designed Newspapers' in SND contest
Discussion: SND, SND and The Huffington Post
Trent Wolbe / The Verge:
Can we save AM radio?
Discussion: @farmradio
Eric Deggans / NPR:
Redefining Hollywood: ‘Diversity Makes More Money’
Discussion: @sifill_ldf and @thisisjohnbook
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The Murdoch trials and the Australian media airbrush
Discussion: @colskinner
Associated Press:
Greek judge bans investigative TV show
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Guardian Media Group takes 15% stake in digital training company
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Wall Street Journal:
Pandora to let advertisers target listeners based on its sense of their political leanings