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12:50 AM ET, January 14, 2014

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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.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Charter to Time Warner Cable: Take our $61B bid seriously
Discussion: TIME and 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.
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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.”
Jon Passantino / BuzzFeed:
DirecTV Drops The Weather Channel In Dispute Over Carriage Fees  —  The network was replaced in 20 million homes at midnight Monday with competitor Weather Nation.  Updated 12:10 a.m. ET Tuesday.  —  The Weather Channel launched a website urging viewers to help keep its programming on the air.
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
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Dell Cameron / Daily Dot:
EFF, other groups launch ‘Copyright Week’ campaign today to support reform of laws  —  Everything you need to know about Copyright Week  —  was a devastating moment in history.  One after his death, the memory of the 26-year-old activist is galvanizing the efforts of organizers …
Discussion: Mashable, Policy Blog and Boing Boing
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Is Yahoo serious about media?  —  Under Marissa Mayer's leadership, Yahoo keeps making substantial efforts to become a major news media player.  Will a couple of well-know bylines and a shiny mobile app do the job?  —  A big Silicon Valley player entering the news business has long been the worst nightmare of legacy publishers.
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Mike Allen / Politico:   Katie Couric makes Yahoo debut
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Newspaper PDF replica service bets on future of print-style digital reading  —  In October 2012, just 23 percent of Americans told Pew they read even one newspaper the previous day.  So who in the world could possibly want or need unlimited access to 2,500 of them?
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.
Discussion: @jcstearns
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.
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.
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Wendy Lee / The Breakdown:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
HBO to end ‘The Newsroom’
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and @sarah_boxer
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
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Jordan Chariton / TVNewser:
52 journalists including Ben Smith sign letter calling for release of Al Jazeera reporters
Matthew Lynch / Capital New York:
CNN consolidates tech coverage
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Reddit traffic increased 83% in 2013, but traffic to publishers dropped 36%
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Matt Mullenweg:
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Susan Currie Sivek / Mediashift:
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Bloomberg:
Dish Investors Ignore Ergen's Failures as Spectrum Value Grows
Discussion: Telecompaper and Bloomberg
Ben Cardew / Guardian:
Personalised digital magazine app Flipboard aims for 150 million users
Discussion: @justin_b_smith
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Netflix snags first Golden Globe win as Robin Wright is crowned Best Actress for House of Cards
Discussion: The Verge, App Advice and Mashable