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2:50 PM ET, February 17, 2018

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Shawn Musgrave / Politico:
How 4chan trolls organized to spread misinformation about Florida shooter's ties to a white supremacist group; ADL, ABC, AP, and others spread the false story  —  ABC, AP and others ran with false information on shooter's ties to extremist groups.  —  Following misrepresentations …
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Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed:
Twitter says it needs a scalable policy on authenticity of content after journalist suffers harassment due to viral screenshots of fake tweets from her account  —  In the wake of the Florida high school shooting Wednesday, Twitter users began spreading doctored tweets targeting Miami Herald reporter Alex Harris.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Covering Parkland shooting means balancing informing the audience with interviewing traumatized teenagers who may not be able to give informed consent  —  The morning after the school massacre in Parkland, Fla., NBC's “Today Show” aired a dramatic live interview Thursday.
CNBC:
US indicts 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities, including Internet Research Agency, in Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections  —  - Special counsel Robert Mueller said a grand jury had indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Since 2016, American Media has made Karen McDougal professional promises and paid $150K in a catch-and-kill arrangement for her story of her affair with Trump  —  One woman's account of clandestine meetings, financial transactions, and legal pacts designed to hide an extramarital affair.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
The New York Times launches nytDEMO, a data science and analytics team that will adapt its internal tools for advertisers  —  Team will help lure marketers with tools to predict which articles will resonate with certain readers to better target advertising  —  Publishers are increasingly …
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Maria Bustillos / Columbia Journalism Review:
An overview of digital media archives, like the Wayback Machine, and their responsibilities in the face of authoritarian regimes and the “billionaire problem”  —  When an online news outlet goes out of business, its archives can disappear as well.  The new battle over journalism's digital legacy.
David Beard / Poynter:
Interview with The Intercept's Research Director Lynn Dombek on researchers, their skill sets, and their role in site's Dakota pipeline and Rob Porter stories  —  Move over, Woodward and Bernstein.  —  This era's great journalistic diggers include Julie Tate, Kitty Bennett, Alice Crites, Margot Williams and Sheelagh McNeill.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
A look at the Guardian's new podcast player, available online and as an app, which provides show notes like links, graphics, and more in real time  —  The Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab's podcast player for the mobile web lets you listen to a show without using a podcast app …
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
After signing a licensing deal with Getty, Google Image Search removes View Image button; Search by Image button also removed but still works through search bar
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Belgian court rules Facebook is illegally collecting user data via cookies on third party sites, must remove data, threatens €250K/day fines for noncompliance
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Magna Global: TV ad sales in the US fell 7.8% to $61.8B in 2017, the biggest drop outside a recession in at least 20 years, with no sign of a pickup in 2018
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Hearst cuts jobs at old Rodale operations, with 84 positions eliminated in New York City and 35 in Emmaus, PA, amid consolidation
Joe Simonson / The Daily Caller:
Source: IJR cuts about 15 positions, with staffers saying they had no indication layoffs were coming
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
District court in New York rules that by embedding a tweet with copyrighted content, websites may violate copyright, rejecting years of settled legal precedent