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3:45 PM ET, February 5, 2018

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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Newsweek fires editors Bob Roe and Ken Li, reporters Celeste Katz, Josh Saul, and IBT's Josh Keefe; all linked to investigations of parent company's finances  —  Newsweek on Monday fired all of its top staff amid turmoil that has upended the newsroom.  —  In a company meeting …
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.
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Sources: Facebook in talks with media buyers to expand Watch to more individual creators with a revenue split from ads, similar to YouTube  —  - Facebook has talked to media buyers about expanding Watch to more individual creators and creating an advertising system where everyone would get a split of revenue, similar to YouTube.
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 …
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.
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?
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
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
TheAtlantic.com 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."  —  TheAtlantic.com pulled the plug on comments on Friday …
Vanessa Thorpe / The Guardian:
BBC's public funding method makes it accountable for widespread failings like pay inequality, which is a result of sexism compounded by budget cuts  —  Carrie Gracie's claim of pay inequality has exposed injustice at the broadcaster, and revealed just how poorly it compares to the commercial rivals it seeks to emulate
 
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Audible's new strategy: purchase audiobook rights from agents prior to the sale of other publishing rights and add bonus material to some titles
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Viacom strikes streaming deal with Telefonica to make MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and others available on the Movistar Play platform in Latin America
Discussion: Morningstar
Kali Hays / WWD:
National Magazine Awards replace Magazine of the Year and Multimedia awards with social media, digital innovation categories; no print-only categories remain
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
News organizations using WaPo's Arc publishing software highlight its major benefits as The Lenfest Institute prepares to document Philly.com's switch to 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
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mammoth Media, the company behind chat fiction app Yarn and polling app Wishbone, raises $13M Series A led by Greylock
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Shannon Liao / The Verge:
WeChat to start issuing electronic government IDs, further cementing its dominance in China, made possible by foreign app censorship and government subsidies
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:
Factmata, a news-focused fact-checking startup that uses natural language processing, says Biz Stone and Craigslist cofounder Craig Newmark have invested
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
Discussion: The New York Observer
Reuters:
BBC journalist covering malnutrition crisis in Indonesia's Papua ordered to leave after the country's military said her tweets “hurt soldiers' feelings”