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10:45 AM ET, February 14, 2014


 Top News: 
Edward Wyatt / DealBook:
Industry Shifts May Aid Comcast in Takeover Bid  —  On the face of it, the merger of the country's two largest cable companies would seem like a nonstarter, given its steep regulatory hurdles and skepticism from consumer watchdogs.  —  But Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable comes …
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Comcast deal could put NY1 in FiOS homes  —  Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable could be a boon for NY1, TWC's beloved local cable news channel.  —  According to an open letter from Comcast executive V.P. David L. Cohen, cable channels owned by Time Warner Cable would be subject …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Peering could replace net neutrality as one of the key issues in Comcast-Time Warner review
Discussion: @waltmossberg and
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Charter Likely to Pursue Other Acquisitions
Heidi Moore / Guardian:
The Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is not a marriage made to last
Susan Crawford / Bloomberg:
Comcast's Time Warner Deal Is Bad for America
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.
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.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Guardian Media Group takes 15% stake in digital training company  —  Decoded, based in London's Silicon Roundabout, has trained more than 7,000 people to ‘Code in a Day’  —  The parent company of the Guardian has taken a minority stake in Decoded, the London-based digital training company …
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 …
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.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Twitter Photos Blocked In Venezuela, Users Say  —  A social media crackdown as protests threaten the government.  —  WASHINGTON — Twitter photos and videos appear to be blocked in Venezuela as the government there attempts to reassert control amid widespread public protests.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Wall Street Journal:
Pandora to let advertisers target listeners based on its sense of their political leanings  —  Internet Radio Service Builds Profiles of Its Audience  —  Pandora Hopes to Build Ad Revenue by Pinpointing Likely Voting Preferences  —  Next time you listen to a Bob Marley channel on Pandora Media Inc. …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Maxim owners grow desperate as latest deal collapses  —  The troubled auction to sell Maxim is back on.  —  The owners of Alpha Media and Maxim magazine had already dropped Darden Media Group as a potential buyer even before the arrest Wednesday of convicted stock swindler Calvin Darden Jr …
Adam Samson / Fox Business:
Man Charged in Scheme to Fraudulently Buy Maxim Magazine
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Anna Prior / Wall Street Journal:
Liberty Global's Loss Narrows  —  Revenue Up on Gains From Virgin Media Acquisition  —  Liberty Global PLC's fourth-quarter loss narrowed as revenue improved amid gains from its Virgin Media acquisition.  —  Liberty Global, led by media mogul John Malone, has pursued an aggressive global expansion, focusing on Europe.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Guardian among 'World's Best-Designed Newspapers' in SND contest  —  Peter Nguyen has some advice for newspapers submitting entries for next year's World's Best-Designed Newspapers competition: Consider bagging the special issues.  “There were a lot of Mandela issues, and you know all the big special events …
Discussion: SND, The Huffington Post and SND
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.
Discussion: @jessmisener, @jaredbkeller and CNET
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Virgin Media falls behind as rivals BT and BSkyB sign up more customers  —  Cable TV and telecoms operator added 18,600 pay-TV customers in final quarter of 2013, but cancellations fell 1.17%  —  Virgin Media is feeling the pinch from the pay-TV war between BSkyB and BT …
Trent Wolbe / The Verge:
Can we save AM radio?  —  Keeping amplitude modulation out of the dustbin of history  —  Before Facebook, before the internet, before cellphones and TV and even FM radio, there was AM radio.  Entire families would gather around elaborate refrigerator-sized receivers and bask in the warm glow …
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Discussion: @jkalifowitz
Rodney E. Lever / Independent Australia:
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Discussion: @colskinner
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
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Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
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