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8:25 PM ET, January 13, 2014


 Top News: 
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Charter Makes $61.3 Billion Offer to Acquire Time Warner Cable  —  Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) offered to buy Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) for about $132.50 a share, valuing the second-largest U.S. cable provider at more than $61 billion, including debt.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Charter to Time Warner Cable: Take our $61B bid seriously  —  Cable operator Charter Communications wants to buy Time Warner Cable, and the company's CEO is appealing to shareholders to get the two companies to the bargaining table.  —  On Monday, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge sent a letter …
Discussion: Thomson IR
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Readers Lash Out About Bill Keller's Column on a Woman With Cancer  —  Bill Keller's column in The Times on Monday about Lisa Bonchek Adams has generated a great deal of negative response.  Xeni Jardin, the well-known writer who blogs on Boing Boing, sometimes about her own experience with cancer, was outraged, calling it bullying.
Zeynep Tufekci / Medium:
Social media is a conversation, not a press release.  —  How @nytkeller and @emmagkeller flunk understanding @adamslisa.  —  Last week was a curious one.  First, Guardian writer Emma G. Keller wrote a cancer-shaming article [archived here] on metastastic breast cancer sufferer Lisa Adams' social media presence.
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Bill Keller Criticized For Op-Ed About Cancer Patient Lisa Bonchek Adams  —  UPDATE: The Guardian has taken down Emma Keller's piece about Adams, writing, “This post has been deleted with the agreement of the subject because it is inconsistent with the Guardian editorial code.”
Guardian deletes Emma Keller post about cancer patient  —  The Guardian has removed a post by Emma Gilbey Keller about Lisa Adams, who blogs and tweets about her cancer.  —  “Following an investigation by the Guardian's independent readers' editor, we have removed the article in question …
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Russia expels US journalist David Satter without explanation  —  Moscow authorities ban writer from the country in first expulsion of US journalist since the cold war  —  Russia has expelled a US journalist living in Moscow for the first time since the cold war, in a move that is likely …
Discussion: @ptbrennan11
Max Seddon / BuzzFeed:
Russia Expels American Journalist
Mike Allen / Politico:
Katie Couric makes Yahoo debut  —  Katie Couric made her debut Monday as Yahoo's global anchor, sitting down with Robert Gates the day before publication of his memoir, “Duty,” which will be published Tuesday.  —  Couric — who once was an NBC News Pentagon correspondent …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Bloomberg returns to headquarters for his day job  —  With his 12 years as mayor of New York behind him, Michael Bloomberg received a warm welcome-home this morning from the chief executive of Bloomberg L.P., the financial information and media company founded by the 71-year-old plutocrat in 1981.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman Extends Contract  —  John Hogan, the head of the company's radio division, is retiring.  —  Clear Channel Media Holdings announced on Monday that chairman and chief executive Bob Pittman has extended his contract an additional five years.
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Apple loses bid to block antitrust monitorship  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc lost a bid on Monday to block an antitrust monitor appointed after a judge's finding that the company conspired to fix e-book prices.  —  At a hearing, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan denied Apple's request …
Matt Mullenweg:
In role swap, Matt Mullenweg becomes Automattic's CEO, Toni Schneider to focus on new products  —  Toni Schneider & Automattic CEO  —  Eight years and one day ago I blogged about Toni Schneider joining Automattic as CEO, as I said then: I first met Toni shortly after I moved to San Francisco …
Jordan Chariton / TVNewser:
52 journalists including Ben Smith sign letter calling for release of Al Jazeera reporters  —  Journalists Show Sign of Support for Imprisoned Al Jazeera Reporters  —  Imprisoned for over two weeks in Egypt, Al Jazeera reporters held captive received support from 52 reporters and editors who signed a letter calling for their release.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
HBO to end ‘The Newsroom’  —  Aaron Sorkin's “The Newsroom,” widely seen by Twitter's chattering classes and yours truly as the worst show to ever grace the godsend that is HBO, will come to an end after its third and final season airs this fall.  —  ‘The Newsroom’ will begin production …
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and @sarah_boxer
Victor Luckerson / TIME:
20M households could lose The Weather Channel tonight due to carriage dispute with DirecTV  —  Millions of Households May Lose The Weather Channel Tonight  —  As many as 20 million television households may lose access to The Weather Channel at midnight due to a dispute over carriage fees between …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Boston Globe nicks a page from the OC Register playbook and pushes subscribing as a civic good  —  If you're looking for against-the-grain experiments at newspapers, Aaron Kushner's Orange County Register is probably the best place to find them these days.
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
Philadelphia Newspaper Staff Plan Joint Bid Against Feuding Owners  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After another tumultuous year on the job, frustrated workers at Philadelphia's two largest newspapers vowed Monday to bid against feuding owners if the company again goes on the auction block.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Animal Planet!  Team BuzzFeed Launches The Dodo With $2 Million and a Site Built by Rebel Mouse.  —  BuzzFeed is a fast-growing website that is famous, in part, for its willingness to publish lots of pictures and videos of animals.  —  So what would happen if you ran a website …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable
Wendy Lee / The Breakdown:
Los Angeles Times Media Group launches shopping website  —  The Los Angeles Times Media Group said Monday it is launching a shopping website called District West.  ; Credit: Photo by Orlando Contreras López via Flickr Creative Commons  —  The Los Angeles Times Media Group announced Monday …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
European antitrust case targets US movie studio contracts  —  The European Commission has opened an antitrust case involving licensing agreements between US film studios that can preclude European TV broadcasters in one country from showing movies in another.
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Brandon Sun:
Globe and Mail publisher says company plans to eliminate 18 positions
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Matthew Lynch / Capital New York:
CNN consolidates tech coverage
Discussion: @elanazak and FishbowlNY
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
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Susan Currie Sivek / Mediashift:
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Ben Cardew / Guardian:
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Discussion: @justin_b_smith
Press Association:
Hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks ‘asked for office bug sweep’
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Lauren Kirchner / Columbia Journalism Review:
LEAP hopes its open-source, encrypted email will be useful for journalists and newsrooms
Tim Arango / New York Times:
In Scandal, Turkey's Leaders May Be Losing Their Tight Grip on News Media
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
David Carr / New York Times:
Roger Ailes' Permanent Pushback Campaign
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
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