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3:25 PM ET, August 26, 2014

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Ted Johnson / Variety:
Los Angeles Mayor: FCC Should Consider Dodgers Dispute in Comcast-TW Cable Merger Review  —  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says that the FCC's review of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger should examine “real world problems like the Dodgers dispute,” in which more than 60% …
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Sruthijith KK / Quartz:
The Times of India just instituted a bizarre Twitter and Facebook policy  —  Hundreds of journalists working at the Times of India and its sister publications have received a peculiar request from their employer: hand over your Twitter and Facebook passwords and let us post for you.
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Gannett Looks to Ignite the Return of the Giant Banner Ad  —  Over the past few years, the banner ad, in all its shapes and sizes, has been seriously out of vogue as online advertisers have taken great pains to create ads that are “native.”  In-your-face ads are out as brands strive to blend in.
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
Re/code introducing native advertising  —  A New Advertising Format for Re/code  —  Eagle-eyed readers may notice a new feature here on Re/code today.  It's called “Sponsor Content,” and is, for us, a new form of advertising.  Known broadly as “native advertising,” this is a category …
Discussion: @zimbalist, @monkbent and @jonrussell, Thanks:@steverubel
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
Turner Broadcasting announces voluntary buyout program for around 6% of its US workforce  —  Turner Broadcasting offers voluntary buyouts  —  Seeking to reduce costs at channels like TNT, TBS, Adult Swim and CNN, Turner Broadcasting today announced a voluntary buyout program for about 6% of its U.S.-based employees.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Rogers And Shaw Team Up To Launch A Netflix Competitor For Canada Called ‘Shomi’  —  Canadian cable giants aren't just going to watch their audience slip away to streaming services - two of the nation's biggest providers have joined forces to launch shomi, a new subscription-based service …
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
The 2014 Online Journalism Award Finalists  —  The Online News Association has announced the 2014 finalists for its Online Journalism Awards.  The awards honor a variety of categories, including investigative journalism, data journalism, visual digital storytelling, general excellence, public service and more.
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
Sorry, everyone: The future of journalism is still up in the air  —  As a smartphone-obsessed journalist, there was never any doubt that I would click on the headline “How the Smartphone Ushered In a Golden Age of Journalism.”  And surprise!  In the August issue of Wired, Frank Rose tells us that “journalism ... is holding its own.”
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Verge Hack Week: developers, designers, and writers build new storytelling tools, plot growth  —  The Verge threw a hackweek and invited everyone they know  —  The idea for a Hack Week at The Verge was fairly simple, says editor-in-chief Nilay Patel.  Looking at the example …
Cliff Kuang / Wired:
Instagram releases Hyperlapse app for creating fast, smooth time-lapse videos  —  Hyperlapse, Instagram's New App, Is Like a $15,000 Video Setup in Your Hand  —  Today at 10am PST, Instagram is lifting the veil on Hyperlapse, one of the company's first apps outside of Instagram itself.
Michael Wolff / USA Today:
Mail Online success due to publisher ensuring digital and print function separately, different products with different functions  —  ‘Daily Mail’ solves Internet paradox  —  News is a reliable British export.  The lineup of products has included the tabloid and broadsheet newspaper …
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
To lure subscribers, the Times debuts a free mini crossword  —  The New York Times is launching a free daily mini crossword puzzle for users of its crossword app for iOS devices, the company said today.  —  The puzzle, which is comprised of a five-by-five grid of blocks …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and FishbowlNY
 
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
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Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
NYT public editor says choice of words in Michael Brown profile a “regrettable mistake”