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3:25 PM ET, October 23, 2014


 Top News: 
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Comcast 3Q Net Income Soars Nearly 50% On Tax Adjustment, NBCU Results  —  Cable and entertainment giant Comcast saw its third-quarter net income soar nearly 50%, thanks to a favorable tax adjustment and improving performance at its NBCUniversal unit.  The Philadelphia company …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:   Cable television is dying, but cable companies are thriving
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
German publishers grudgingly allow Google to display news snippets in search results without compensation  —  German Publishers Bow To Google's Market Power In Ongoing Text Snippets Fight  —  A tug of war between Google and German publishers over how online news content is displayed …
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
New York Times staffers band together over buyout anxiety  —  A group of New York Times employees acted en masse to request packages detailing the buyout packages they would qualify for if they applied for them in a round of buyouts announced by the newspaper earlier this fall, several employees confirmed to Capital.
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
CBS News readies 24-hour ‘CBSN’ digital network  —  CBS News 24-hour digital news channel will be called CBSN, Capital has learned, and the network is preparing to launch a marketing campaign around it, a source told Capital, featuring the tagline “CBS News.  Always On.”
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo's new home page, rolling out next month, emphasizes mail, video, and big-name content  —  Wanna See the Latest New Yahoo Home Page, Rolling Out Next Month?  Bokay!  —  I have been a little lax in lifting interesting tidbits out of Yahoo for some months now, mostly because it felt …
Discussion: @jasonabbruzzese
Jihii Jolly / Columbia Journalism Review:
How censorship aggravates the challenges of following and verifying news of Hong Kong protests  —  What's happening in Hong Kong?  —  The difficult task of verifying news when a country censors just about everything  —  “What kind of Communists are these people?!” exclaimed Jon Stewart …
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Some publishers investing in tech to build their own communities outside of Facebook/Twitter  —  Publishers cool on outsourcing community to Facebook  —  Publishers today are at the mercy of the big social networks.  The likes of Facebook and Twitter have not only dominated publishers' referral traffic …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Microsoft ending free Xbox Music streaming Dec. 1; Music Pass still available for $9.99/month  —  Microsoft is ending free Xbox Music streaming  —  You'll need to purchase a subscription to stream songs  —  Microsoft is closing its free Xbox Music streaming service effective December 1st.
Dale Kasler / Sacramento Bee:
McClatchy Q3 posts $2.6M operating loss; total revenue down 3.3% to $277.66M  —  McClatchy reports loss in third quarter  —  The McClatchy Co., publisher of The Sacramento Bee, today reported a loss during the third quarter, reflecting the ongoing downturn in print advertising revenue.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Roku raises $25 million amid growing competition from Amazon and Google  —  Updated at 1:45 p.m. PST with a statement from Roku.  —  Set-top box company Roku has secured a fresh $25 million round of funding, according to a SEC form D filing released today.
Chris Sutcliffe / TheMediaBriefing:
Global game: The internationalisation of UK newspaper audiences  —  The odds of creating a profitable digital newspaper operation in the UK look long for pretty much every national title.  Our population simply isn't that big, and unless you can sell a lot of pricey digital subscriptions, the advertising economics simply don't add up.
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Gay Alcorn / Guardian:
Lachlan Murdoch attacks special laws to jail journalists for up to 10 years
Tim Herrera / Washington Post:
Inside the contradictory world of Thought Catalog, one of the Internet's most reviled sites
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
How Entertainment Companies Are Fighting Lawsuits Over Disclosures of Who's Watching
Tilmann Knoll / INMA:
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Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
New media and legacy media came together at the second weekend-long “hackathon” hosted by the Society for News Design.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Rhapsody revives CEO position after four-year absence, appoints David Hose as interim chief
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What's Behind Big Media's Big TV Push Into Europe
Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’