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3:10 PM ET, February 22, 2014


 Top News: 
Ben Cosman / The Wire:
Inside Amtrak's (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers  —  Amtrak has begun offering “writers' residencies” to, well, writers - long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing.  —  After New York City-based writer Jessica Gross took the first …
Discussion: @richmhuff
Venezuela says CNN can stay, a day after saying ‘get out’  —  (CNN) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro told a CNN reporting team Friday that it could continue reporting in the South American country, a day after the government revoked or denied press credentials for CNN journalists.
Natalie Kitroeff / The Lede:
Venezuela Battles Media, Social and Otherwise, to Restrict Protest Coverage
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix packets being dropped every day because Verizon wants more money  —  Verizon wants to be paid by consumers and Cogent, but Cogent refuses to pay.  —  The battle over who should pay to carry Netflix traffic is heating up again, and one of the main players blames Verizon's greed …
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Direct connection between Comcast and Netflix networks suggests peering agreement reached  —  Sources: Netflix and Comcast have reached a peering agreement  —  Consumers' troubles with online video may be subsiding — at least for Comcast customers.  Comcast and Netflix appear to have resolved …
Discussion: The Verge, Engadget and BGR
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Attorney General Signs New Rules to Limit Access to Journalists' Records  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who drew fire last spring over the Justice Department's aggressive tactics for secretly obtaining reporters' phone logs and emails as part of leak investigations …
Cathy Loughran / BBC College of Journalism:
Getting into journalism: Just go out and do it, says VICE maverick Tim Pool  —  In the first of a series of blog posts on alternative ways to get into journalism, Chicago-born self-taught journalist Tim Pool, now an international correspondent for media company VICE, tears up the traditional rule book.
Discussion: @bbccollege and @niemanlab
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Dish's Charlie Ergen: I'm Nervous About Comcast-TWC, Surprised Our Business Hasn't Been Worse  —  Optimism is supposedly one of the qualities people look for in politicians and business leaders.  Apparently no one told Charlie Ergen, who seemed less concerned with soothing investors …
Roku Said to Be Weighing Initial Public Offering in U.S. in 2014  —  Roku Inc., the maker of set-top boxes that connect TVs to the Internet, is weighing an initial public offering in the U.S. this year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  A decision to move ahead hasn't been made …
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Sees Time Warner Cable Deal Boosting Broadband Competition  —  Executive Says Deal Wouldn't Harm Home Users or Content Companies  —  A Comcast executive said Friday the company's planned $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable would create new competition in the commercial market …
Tom Scocca / Gawker:
Baltimore Is One Step Closer to Being a Zero-Newspaper Town  —  It's not even possible to get mad at the Baltimore Sun now.  The Baltimore Sun is a nursing home where newspapering goes to die, or to sink into terminal urine-soaked frailty and confusion.  Yesterday it announced it had received …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Is There Any Escape From ‘Recommended for You’?  —  Based on what The New York Times thinks I'm interested in reading, I am not a fun person.  —  “Recommended for You,” which tracks readers' habits and predicts their interests, finds me especially interested in the troubles of Gov. Chris Christie …
James Ball / Guardian:
Why are all the House of Cards journalists so bad at journalism?  —  Zoe and the gang can't report, lack ethics and have the common sense of a hacker's guinea pig.  Somebody should fire them … Journalists have a guilty pleasure.  In fact, we have several.
Associated Press:
White House bars media from Dalai Lama meeting  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House defended its decision Friday to bar reporters and photojournalists from a meeting between President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, while acknowledging the news media's legitimate interest in covering the two leaders' encounter.
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