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8:50 AM ET, February 5, 2018


 Top News: 
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
After the Shitty Media Men list emerged, 7 men out of about 70 lost jobs or faced significant job setbacks; others said it affected work and personal lives  —  On the morning of Oct. 11, a week after The New York Times exposed Harvey Weinstein's systematic harassment and assault of women in Hollywood …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: in the US, Apple Music subs are growing ~5% a month, may overtake Spotify, which is growing at ~2% a month, this summer; Apple says Music has 36M subs  —  Apple's U.S. subscriber-account base has been growing about 5% a month, versus No. 1 Spotify's 2% clip
Molly K. McKew / Politico:
How automated Twitter accounts gamed social media to push #releasethememo, along with help from congressmen, far-right media sites, and other influencers  —  Russian bots and their American allies gamed social media to put a flawed intelligence document atop the political agenda.  That should alarm us.
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab: to replace comments with a curated letters section that seeks to elevate the best reader ideas  —  “Design-wise, comments are treated as an afterthought.  We wanted to find a way to elevate the best ideas from our readers."  — pulled the plug on comments on Friday …
Marin Cogan / Topic:
Behind the success of The Old Farmer's Almanac and its rival The Farmers' Almanac, which are among the oldest continuously published periodicals in the US  —  Meteorologists warned of a coming “bomb cyclone.”  Satellite images showed a giant, hurricane-like weather system barreling towards land.
Discussion: @marincogan
Graham Roberts / New York Times:
The New York Times to start adding augmented reality to articles, starting with a piece on Winter Olympics in its iOS app next week; Android support coming soon  —  Something profound has happened to your camera.  —  Its very purpose — capturing images — has expanded to include a new role …
Paul Lewis / The Guardian:
How YouTube's recommendation algorithm can promote divisive clips and conspiracy videos and may have spread disinformation during the 2016 election  —  An ex-YouTube insider reveals how its recommendation algorithm promotes divisive clips and conspiracy videos.  Did they harm Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency?
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
News organizations using WaPo's Arc publishing software highlight its major benefits as The Lenfest Institute prepares to document's switch to Arc  —  “The amount of effort we'd have to invest into doing these things is completely outweighed by effort it would take for us to just do it with Arc."
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Inside South Africa's investigative non-profit amaBhungane, its role in the Gupta Leaks and in developing trustworthy investigative journalism in the region  —  “When you diamond-mine, you basically mess up the resource if you go for the best stuff first.”  —  When Stefaans Brümmer …
Howard R. Gold / Columbia Journalism Review:
Time Inc.'s demise: the result of poor mergers, leaders unprepared for the digital age, and a risk-averse culture fostered by its own prosperity  —  Workers prepare to cover up the Time Inc. signage with Meredith Corporation signage at the Time Inc. office building on January 31, 2018 in New York City.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mammoth Media, the company behind chat fiction app Yarn and polling app Wishbone, raises $13M Series A led by Greylock  —  Mammoth Media has raised a $13 million Series A funding to create what it calls “entertainment experiences for the mobile-first generation.”
Jina Moore / New York Times:
Kenyan government suspends 4 TV stations following their coverage of opposition figure's “inauguration” and fails to comply with court's order to reinstate them  —  The Kenyan government is defying a court order to put four private television stations back on the air …
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