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1:20 AM ET, November 12, 2014


 Top News: 
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Comcast agrees with Obama on net neutrality, except for the legal bit  —  You have to admire the chutzpah: a day after President Obama jolted the telecom industry with a bold announcement on net neutrality, Comcast declared that it agrees with him.  —  Comcast agrees with Obama on net neutrality …
David L. Cohen / Comcast Voices:
Being for net neutrality and against Title II is completely consistent  —  Surprise!  We Agree with the President's Principles on Net Neutrality: Reiterating Our Strong Support for the Open Internet  —  Yesterday, the President outlined his plan for a free and open Internet.
Daniel Ek / Spotify Blog:
Spotify has paid music industry $2B to date, $1B since last year; has 12.5M paying subscribers; top artists to exceed $6M/year in payments  —  $2 Billion and Counting  —  Taylor Swift is absolutely right: music is art, art has real value, and artists deserve to be paid for it.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Chief Defends Spotify After Snub by Taylor Swift  —  Spotify is the future.  Spotify is the enemy.  Spotify doesn't pay enough.  Spotify is music's best bet for revenue growth.  —  Since it arrived in the United States from Sweden in 2011, Spotify has been cast as both hero and villain …
Robert Cookson / Financial Times:
YouTube signs with indie labels through rights agency Merlin, setting the stage for a subscription streaming service  —  YouTube has struck a deal to license music from the thousands of independent record labels represented by the rights agency Merlin, setting the stage for the launch of its long-awaited subscription service.
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Jonah Lehrer working on book about digital life … NEW YORK (AP) — Jonah Lehrer, the best-selling author whose career was derailed after he acknowledged fabricating Bob Dylan quotes, is collaborating on a book about virtual life.  —  Portfolio announced Tuesday that it had acquired …
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
Reuters TV aims to personalize news broadcasts  —  With Reuters TV, a smart video app for news junkies, Reuters is once again trying to establish itself as a consumer brand.  —  The news giant unveiled Reuters TV at a Monday night soiree in its Times Square headquarters.
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Reuters announces on-demand Reuters TV to launch in 2015
Discussion: VideoInk
Will Ferrell's Funny Or Die Said to Consider Sale  —  Funny or Die, the comedy website founded by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, hired a financial adviser to evaluate options including a possible sale, people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  The site is working …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Bandcamp to help musicians launch their own subscription services  —  Artists will be able to set their own price, release exclusive songs and send messages to their keenest fans  —  Bandcamp launched in 2008 as a way for musicians to run their own online stores selling their music …
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Showtime, Starz Join Chromecast Lineup  —  Streaming Adapter Also Optimized For ‘Family-Friendly’ Games  —  Google's Chromecast streaming adapter plunged more into the TV Everywhere pool with optimizations for authenticated apps from two top premium programmers - Showtime and Starz.
Robert Patrick / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
ACLU lawsuit says journalist was arrested for photographing police during Ferguson protest  —  • By Robert Patrick 314-621-5154  —  ST. LOUIS  • A Turkish journalist sued the St. Louis County police Monday, claiming he was thrown to the pavement …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo to Buy Video-Ad Service BrightRoll for $640 Million  —  Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) is buying video-advertising service BrightRoll Inc. for about $640 million in cash, seeking to boost marketing tools amid a turnaround effort by Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer.
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Max Blau / Creative Loafing Atlanta:
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Robert Mann / Adweek:
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Barnes & Noble launches Nook Press Print, a print-on-demand service for authors
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Matter announces finalists for international reporting fellowship
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The New Yorker rolls out metered paywall
Dylan Byers / Politico:
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Press Gazette:
Met anti-terrorism database holds more than 2,000 records relating to journalists
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Jonah Bromwich / New York Times:
Vimeo pushes into original content, funds “High Maintenance” directly, charges $2 per episode
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