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12:00 PM ET, February 11, 2017

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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Political journalists now must do the tedious job of second-grade level fact checking of Trump administration statements  —  Mike Allen of Axios counseled journalists to appreciate these times.  “Enjoy this — soak it in,” said Allen in a chat with Breitbart News.  —  Sorry, but there's not much to enjoy.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Prince's Warner Music catalog returning Sunday to subscription-streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Napster, and iHeartRadio  —  Songs of late music legend Prince will again be available on multiple streaming-music services on Sunday, in releases timed for the 59th Grammy Awards.
Facebook:
Facebook commits to an audit of its ad metrics by the Media Rating Council, the industry's measurement watchdog, following data controversy  —  As a partner to over 4 million advertisers across a wide range of organizations and objectives, we want to provide transparency, choice and accountability.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Bleacher Report lays off about 50, most of them junior editors that managed contributor content, commits to video and college football coverage  —  Bleacher Report is finally washing its hands of the amateur contributor business the company originally made its name on.
Discussion: Politico, @themediaisdying and Adweek
Jean Friedman-Rudovsky / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at parachute journalism, and how placing journalists across the US may combat distrust of media  —  Freelance journalist Abigail Edge was at an Online News Association conference in Los Angeles in 2015 and found herself chatting with the head of a prominent national trade publishing association.
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
As readers turn to subscription-based services for quality journalism, traditional pubs need to focus on customer service if they want to compete with tech  —  Several forces are pushing value-added news toward subscription-based models.  Seizing the opportunity will require major changes—such as developing a strong customer culture.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Google has warned several prominent journalists, including Jonathan Chait and Julia Ioffe, that state-sponsored hackers are trying to break into their inboxes  —  Google has warned a number of prominent journalists that state-sponsored hackers are attempting to steal their passwords and break …
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Gannett and McClatchy's dismal financial earnings reinforce the growing idea that the current local news revenue model has stalled  —  How deep is the decline in the regional newspaper business?  —  Today, Gannett, the U.S.'s largest newspaper company with 109 local properties …
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Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Bill Keller, editor in chief of The Marshall Project, which is amping up its coverage of immigration and deportation and hiring a Washington reporter  —  President Donald Trump on Tuesday repeated his false claim that the country's murder rate is the highest it has been in 47 years.
Stephen Witt / Billboard:
Interview with Jeff Bezos and Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music, about the music industry, Echo and Alexa's place in it, more  —  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos would make almost any list of the world's most powerful people.  In retail, he's clearly on top, and in tech, he's close to it.
BuzzFeed:
Russia Today Is expanding its French website and plans to launch French TV station at the end of 2017, after the French election  —  The Russian broadcaster's global influence is continuing to expand, with extra staff being hired ahead of the French presidential election - with a TV channel to follow by the end of the year.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Profile of Keith Olbermann, whose new GQ political web series, The Resistance, has been getting more than 2M views per episode  —  “If you're going to travel with me, you cannot precisely characterize the area I live in," Keith Olbermann wrote in an email.  “Nothing more detailed than ‘midtown’ …
 
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Profile of R. Emmett Tyrrell, founder of The American Spectator and the first conservative editor to embrace Trump
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Technically Media, a Philadelphia-based company which publishes local tech sites in five Mid-Atlantic markets
Discussion: @leeprocida
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Christine Wang / CNBC:
News Corp meets analyst targets for Q2 with $2.12B in revenue, reports 9% decline year over year in ad revenue for news and information division
Discussion: Digiday and WWD
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News cements its standing as Trump TV as Kellyanne Conway plugs Ivanka Trump's products without any opposition from Fox & Friends anchors
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Twitter reports Q4 revenue of $717M, missing estimates, but beats on earnings as MAUs grew 2M from Q3 2016, reaching 319M