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10:20 AM ET, January 14, 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.
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.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Skimping on Fees and Avoiding Journalists: Are Publishers Doing Native on the Cheap?  Could be moving toward an advertorial model By Lucia Moses  —  From publishers to creative agencies to writer networks, many seem to be making money from native advertising.
Discussion: @raju and @butchward
Jon Passantino / BuzzFeed:
DirecTV Drops The Weather Channel In Dispute Over Carriage Fees  —  The network was pulled from 20 million homes at midnight Monday and replaced with competitor Weather Nation.  Updated 2 a.m. ET Tuesday.  —  The Weather Channel launched a website featuring a video message …
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Why transparency matters: better copyright policy emerges with the public involved in planning  —  Transparency Is Fundamental to Good Copyright Policy  —  In the week leading up the two-year anniversary of the SOPA blackout protests, EFF and others are talking about key principles that should guide copyright policy.
Discussion: Techdirt
Dell Cameron / Daily Dot:
EFF, other groups launch ‘Copyright Week’ campaign today to support reform of laws
Discussion: Policy Blog, Mashable and Boing Boing
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Sells Winamp And Shoutcast For $5-10M To Radionomy, Takes 12% Stake In Belgian Digital Audio Company  —  Returning from the brink of death, music services Winamp and Shoutcast are now officially with a new owner: Digital audio business Radionomy has acquired the both media player and radio platform from AOL.
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
Daily Mail announces deal with talkSPORT radio  —  The Daily Mail has announced a partnership deal with talkSPORT radio which will feature several of the newspaper's journalists and columnists appearing on the radio station.  —  Chief sports writer Martin Samuel will be among the names giving …
Michael Depp / NetNewsCheck Latest:
AP's Carvin: News Battle Near For Twitter, FB  —  Twitter and Facebook are setting themselves up for a battle for news supremacy among social media networks.  Twitter, though, holds the upper hand, according to Eric Carvin, social media editor at the Associated Press.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Protecting a Source, James Risen Takes His Case to the Supreme Court  —  The Times reporter James Risen took his case to the Supreme Court on Monday, asking that his effort to protect his confidential source be protected.  —  It has been a long road for Mr. Risen, as I wrote in a column last year.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
The end of tabloid papers and the new quest for media respectability  —  As New York City's new mayor prepared to take office late last year, a local tabloid decided to show him who really ran the town.  In a series of outrageous covers, the New York Post humiliated one of the mayor's longtime aides …
Discussion: @zimbalist, @emmamayalex and @niemanlab
Jason Deans / Guardian:
BBC news chief: problems facing local newspapers ‘not our fault’  —  James Harding responds to calls for BBC to rein in coverage, telling press to focus on web rivals such as Google or Facebook  —  James Harding, the BBC News director, believes the corporation has an obligation to deliver local news …
Discussion: BBC
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Gawker editor says he was told Roger Ailes was having him tailed  —  Here's something you won't read in Gabriel Sherman's hotly anticipated book about Roger Ailes: Gawker editor John Cook told Capital he was reliably informed that Ailes, the powerful chairman of the Fox News Channel, had him tailed in 2012.
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 …
Brian Anthony Hernandez / Mashable:
HBO courting online audience by putting “Girls” episodes on YouTube just 12 hours after airing  —  HBO Is Putting First Episodes of ‘Girls’ Season 3 on YouTube  —  HBO will upload the first two episodes of Girls season three onto the network's YouTube channel on Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. ET …
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 …
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Matthew Lynch / Capital New York:
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Matt Mullenweg:
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