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7:30 AM ET, February 14, 2014

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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 …
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Michael J. Copps / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists need to generate a national discussion on the future of the internet  —  Journalists need to generate a national discussion on the future of the internet  —  Dear Journalists:  —  You may wonder why a long-time regulator like me is writing to you.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Peering could replace net neutrality as one of the key issues in Comcast-Time Warner review  —  Sleeper Issue Peers Around the Corner of Comcast-Time Warner Deal  —  Comcast executives scored big points three years ago with the Federal Communications Commission by volunteering to abide …
Discussion: @waltmossberg and Deadline.com
Susan Crawford / Bloomberg:
Comcast's Time Warner Deal Is Bad for America  —  David Cohen, Comcast Corp.'s executive vice president and the mastermind behind its deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., sounded pugnacious and confident on a recent conference call with investors.  Regulatory and antitrust approval of the deal …
Heidi Moore / Guardian:
The Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger is not a marriage made to last  —  Two troubled giants, loathed by the public and facing plummeting profits, are heralding a brighter future.  Don't believe the hype  —  In mergers, as in marriage, the couple may be running toward each other - or away from something else.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Charter Likely to Pursue Other Acquisitions  —  Cable Operator Unlikely to Counterbid for Time Warner Cable After Comcast's Offer  —  With cable's top two operators hooking up, rival Charter Communications Inc. is likely to look at other suitors, said people familiar with the company's thinking.
Discussion: MoneyBeat and Law Blog
Lance Ulanoff / Mashable:   The National Domination of Comcast and Time Warner in 1 Map
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast lists all the ways a merger with Time Warner is “pro-consumer”
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
FCC Backs Off Study of Newsroom Editorial Practices
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. …
BBC:
NME sales dip below 20,000 copies  —  Sales of music magazine NME have hit their lowest yet, falling below 20,000 copies a month during the second half of 2013 despite last year's relaunch.  —  New ABC circulation figures show that the 62-year-old publication sold an average of just 18,184 a week.
Discussion: Guardian and Guardian
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 …
Matt Sheehan / The Huffington Post:
The Chinese Press Battles For Hearts And Minds Abroad  —  SAN FRANCISCO — At 9:25 p.m. on New Year's Day, Feng Yan parked his minivan outside the Chinese consulate here, doused the front door of the building with gasoline, and lit the place on fire.  The blaze engulfed the front entrance …
Alan Jacobs / Text Patterns:
Today's email newsletters follow Grimm's precedent, who aimed for a “fit audience, though few”  —  Grimm's heirs  —  The last year or so has seen an intriguing renewal of a genre from the early years of the internet: the email newsletter.  A couple of months ago Alexis Madrigal described …
Anupreeta Das / MoneyBeat:
Buffett's exit from Graham Holdings more closely resembles a friendly restructuring  —  Buffett to Graham: Parting Like Friends, With Benefits? … Warren Buffett's more-than-40-year business relationship with the Graham family could be coming to an end.  But it's not clear what assets …
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India & World:
Columbia University students launch website on India's elections  —  New York: A group of Indian students at Columbia University here has launched a website focused exclusively on India's upcoming general elections, promising to provide a comprehensive and “no high-brow and jargon-led” reportage of the event.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Editorially to shut down its collaborative writing service on May 30  —  editorially 220x56 Editorially to shut down its collaborative writing service on May 30Editorially has announced plans to close its Web-based collaborative document product after failing to gain enough traction for it.
Discussion: STET
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Ready to break the internet?  Netflix's “House of Cards” premiere is a big test of how video gets to you  —  “My wife and I like to lay in bed and watch Netflix,” Tom Wheeler, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, said the other day.  But when their internet connection slows down …
Lee Siegel / New Yorker:
Is the News Replacing Literature?  —  In the postwar period, a generation of critics, inspired by Lionel Trilling, encapsulated the difference between high art and popular art in a single word: “complexity.”  “Literature,” Trilling wrote, “is the human activity that takes the fullest …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Reporters condemn Senate for silent vote  —  The Capitol Hill press corps is strongly condemning how the Senate handled a critical roll call vote on raising the debt ceiling Wednesday.  —  During a highly dramatic vote, the Senate clerk remained silent as senators submitted their votes …
 
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Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
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How digital weighs up against print for UK magazine circulations
Hu Shuli / Nieman Reports:
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Discussion: @davidbarboza2
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Times Magazine editor search nears end
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC World Service's sponsored content plan will ‘threaten impartiality’
Discussion: @guardian
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Libération editor resigns after journalists go on strike
Discussion: Guardian and @jayrosen_nyu