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12:25 PM ET, February 13, 2017

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Tina Nguyen / Vanity Fair:
Profile of Sean Spicer, who was known among the DC press corps as an amicable if sharp-tongued PR pro before he became White House press secretary  —  Once a well-liked figure among the D.C. press, Sean Spicer's new role as Trump's attack dog has people scratching their heads.
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Washington Post:
Washington Post launches Discover Edition on Snapchat, becomes first news org to push daily breaking news updates; edition will be live in the US, UK, Canada  —  New Post Edition will be constantly updated seven days a week  —  The Washington Post today announced the launch of The Post's …
Jeff Gammage / Philly.com:
Knight Foundation and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism to invest $4.8M to help newspapers speed transition to digital, reach new audiences, more  —  Two foundations intend to spend a combined $4.8 million to find ways to speed the online transformation of the Inquirer and other news organizations around …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Rupert Murdoch's ties to Trump family, including Ivanka's former role as trustee for a Murdoch trust, raise questions about how he will guide his media empire  —  The ties that bind the most powerful media mogul in the world to the leader of the free world just keep getting stronger.
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Eric Peckham:   Lessons from Rupert Murdoch's approach to business, which grew News Corp into an empire that shapes policy and popular opinion
Duncan Campbell / The Register:
Proposed changes to draft UK Espionage Act, replacing Official Secrets Act, could mean jail time of up to 14 years for journalists who handled leaked gov't docs  —  Hasty and botched consultation revealed by El Reg  —  Exclusive Proposals for a swingeing new Espionage Act that could jail journalists …
Gabriel Snyder / Wired:
Inside NYT's digital transformation: luring subscribers via Beta Group's vertical apps, a Facebook chatbot, live video, VR, and more on top of strong journalism  —  Arthur Gregg Sulzberger doesn't remember the first time he visited the family business.  He was young, he says, no older than 6 …
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Al Jazeera English:
Photo of assassin who killed Russia's ambassador to Turkey, taken by Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici, wins 2017 World Press Photo competition
Fox News:
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro says he wants CNN out of the country just days after CNN en Espanol airs report on passports, visas being sold in Iraq  —  Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday he wanted CNN out of the country, alleging it misrepresents the truth and meddles in issues that are not of its concern.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook is in talks with record labels about licensing their music for the social network, positioning it as a competitor to YouTube  —  Social network seeks accord for user videos, and possibly more  —  Music clips could lure ads away from $70 billion TV industry
Discussion: @business and @lucas_shaw
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Behind Medium's pivot away from an ad-funded business model, as speculation mounts that the startup is a vanity project for billionaire founder Ev Williams  —  Four days into 2017, Medium's employees came to work and were told that one-third of them, 50 people, were fired.  —  They were shocked.
Thanks:@lexnfx
Chadwick Moore / New York Post:
Writer Chadwick Moore, who penned a profile on Milo Yiannopoulos for Out magazine, discusses the backlash he received over it, from trolling to alienation  —  Chadwick Moore in his East Williamsburg home … When Out magazine assigned me an interview with the Breitbart.com rabble-rouser Milo Yiannopoulos …
 
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Betsy Reed / The Intercept:
Bestselling author Naomi Klein joins The Intercept as senior correspondent to cover the Trump era
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Alex Skatell, founder of the Independent Journal Review, on the importance of community for news organizations and the site's future
Shelley Hepworth / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at The New York Times' push into Australia, a media market recently entered by foreign news orgs including BuzzFeed, The Guardian, and The Daily Mail
Discussion: New York Times
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Quora to clamp down on anonymity starting March 20, will review all anonymous content before it's published, restrict actions like upvoting, comments, more
Discussion: @dtunkelang
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal is closing the loophole that let readers get articles for free through Google
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:@steverubel
Jean Friedman-Rudovsky / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at parachute journalism, and how placing journalists across the US may combat distrust of media
Discussion: @marcusgilmer