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12:35 AM ET, April 10, 2014


 Top News: 
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Analyzing Comcast's argument for taking over Time Warner Cable  —  Comcast has very bad reasons for wanting to buy Time Warner Cable  —  Defending the massive takeover to the FCC requires some leaps of logic  —  Comcast wants to own the internet — or, at least, the cables that carry it to most Americans' homes.
Discussion: Techdirt, Daily Dot and Softpedia News
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast: Without Time Warner Cable, we can't compete against Google, Netflix
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
NYT should have acknowledged WSJ's persistent legal fight to open up Medicare data  —  Times Should Have Nodded to Wall Street Journal in Medicare Story  —  The New York Times led its print edition today with an extensive treatment of an important story: that a small fraction of doctors …
Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple  —  The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Automattic, Steward of Wordpress, Snaps up Longreads  —  In the desert of short news bites and unsatisfying blog posts, the website and weekly email Longreads is a refreshing anomaly.  Since 2009, the small Oakland-based company has been linking to stories of over 1,500 words …
Rosie Swash / Guardian:
Bobbi Brown to become Yahoo beauty editor-in-chief, raising conflict of interest questions  —  Makeup mogul Bobbi Brown to take over Yahoo's beauty section  —  Founder of Bobbi Brown cosmetics will keep her role at makeup company while fulfilling new role as section editor-in-chief
Trey Barrineau / USA Today:
Jane Pauley to join CBS News  —  She'll be a contributor on ‘CBS News Sunday Morning.’  —  Bob Schieffer broke some news during his annual Scheiffer Symposium on the News at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth on Wednesday — he revealed that longtime NBC journalist Jane Pauley …
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Joel Achenbach / Achenblog:
Journalism is aggregation  —  While reporting a story last week I had a sudden revelation: I'm an aggregator.  I'm one of them.  I'm the person that I've been kvetching about for years now.  “They think information wants to be stolen.”  You know the rant.
Jim Bach / American Journalism Review:
A New Code: SPJ Struggles to Define Rules of Online Journalism  —  The Society of Professional Journalists, after leaving its code of ethics untouched for nearly 18 years, has released a revised draft that includes, for the first time, updated guidance on how journalists should behave in the rapidly changing field of digital news.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
MSNBC breaks silence, will allow Scarborough to speak at GOP fundraiser  —  MSNBC will allow host Joe Scarborough to deliver the keynote address at a political fundraiser next month, even though it denied that privilege to host Ed Schultz earlier this year.  —  “Joe isn't participating in a fundraiser.
Jack Gillum / Associated Press:
Obama administration will probe whether ZunZuneo, or “Cuban Twitter,” sent political messages  —  WAS ‘CUBAN TWITTER’ PROGRAM POLITICAL OR NOT? … WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is looking into whether a “Cuban Twitter” program secretly backed …
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
How publishers-turned-platforms pay their amateur contributors  —  As digital publishers look for new ways to make money, many of them are chasing the the publisher-as-platform model.  From financial sites like Forbes and The Street to entertainment sites like BuzzFeed and Entertainment Weekly …
Jim Romenesko:
Miami Herald editor blasts unprecedented ‘culture of censorship’ at Guantanamo Bay  —  Last month, four Miami Herald journalists who visited the Guantanamo Bay detention center were told they couldn't publish the names of staff members and had to photograph troops from the neck down.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Associated Press:
Afghan probe begins in attack on AP journalists  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan central government authorities on Wednesday began questioning the police commander who killed an Associated Press photographer and wounded an AP reporter, a day after he was transferred by helicopter to the capital …
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Cablevision Names Kristin Dolan COO  —  Sweeney Gets President Nod  —  Cablevision Systems finally found a replacement for former chief operating officer Tom Rutledge, and she was part of the family all along.  —  Cablevision said it has named former president of Optimum Services Kristin Dolan as COO, effective immediately.
Discussion: Associated Press
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Why CNN Is Launching A News Show Built For Twitter  —  As every media company from Yahoo to Microsoft to Crackle looks to up the amount of original Web video it produces, here comes CNN.  —  The television news network has been in the middle of major overhaul undertaken …
Edirin Oputu / Columbia Journalism Review:
WNYC is beefing up its data journalism  —  New York's public radio station is expanding its data reporting  —  WNYC's data team has tracked a lot over the years: cicadas, flood zones, and even wireless internet access on the subway.  Now the station's newest project, a community data experiment called …
Carrie Battan / The New Republic:
Podcasts: The Last Refuge of the C-List Celebrity (and Bret Easton Ellis)  —  oday we're going to talk about goddamn camera phones, and everybody wanting to take a picture of every goddamn thing," the rapper-turned “Law and Order: SVU” star Ice T said recently. “  This is not gangster.  This is not fly.
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 More News: 
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Frothy media reporting about tech companies could signal another financial bubble
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Marty Baron is partly right about the Washington Post and Ezra Klein — but mostly wrong
Discussion: @dankennedy_nu and Felix Salmon, Thanks:@mathewi
Randall Chase / Associated Press:
Guild can intervene in fight for Philly newspapers
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Oxygen Shifts Focus to Millennial Viewers
Discussion: @sulinnichols
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Vice Media targets more mainstream TV deals after Fremantle tie-up
Helienne Lindvall / Guardian:
Muso a friendly way to fight piracy
 Earlier Picks: 
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Hibu lays off nearly 200 journalists
Laurie Burkitt / Wall Street Journal:
IMAX to Sell 20% Stake in Its Chinese Business
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma Pays $1.05 Billion for Stake in Chinese Internet TV Company
John Glenday / The Drum:
Time borrows $1.4bn to buy British sister company
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World boss denies ‘concealing’ payments to phone hacker
Press Gazette:
UK minister responsible for the future of press regulation, Maria Miller, resigns over expenses row