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4:20 PM ET, February 14, 2014


 Top News: 
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 …
Edward Wyatt / DealBook:
Industry Shifts May Aid Comcast in Takeover Bid
David Ingram / Reuters:   Comcast again turns to Davis Polk for Time Warner antitrust case
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Peering could replace net neutrality as one of the key issues in Comcast-Time Warner review
Discussion: @waltmossberg and
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.
Twitter confirms some Venezuelan internet providers are blocking images amid protest  —  Twitter Says Venezuela Blocks Its Images Amid Protest Crackdown  —  Twitter Inc. (TWTR) said Venezuela's government is blocking images on its website, the latest sign of a crackdown after violent protests …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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?
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
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Maggie Brown / Guardian:
Ofcom boss: ‘BBC licence fee should be shared with other broadcasters’
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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Discussion: @colskinner
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Greek judge bans investigative TV show
Michael J. Copps / Columbia Journalism Review:
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