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8:45 AM ET, February 13, 2018


 Top News: 
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: CNN to target savings on digital by eliminating up to ~50 jobs worldwide this week; cuts to affect CNN Money, video, product, tech, social publishing  —  A year ago, CNN was positioning itself as ready to take on Vice and BuzzFeed in the digital space.
The Daily Beast:
Sources: billionaire financiers behind Ben Shapiro's The Daily Wire website in talks to buy Glenn Beck's TheBlaze  —  The people who head Ben Shapiro's conservative news site are in talks to buy Glenn Beck's troubled media empire TheBlaze, The Daily Beast has learned.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Washington Post's Head of Innovation Jarrod Dicker is leaving the company to become the CEO of, a media blockchain company  —  The Washington Post's Head of Innovation Jarrod Dicker is leaving the legacy brand to become the CEO of, a media blockchain company.
Discussion: @matiasjarah
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
eMarketer says Facebook lost ~2.8M US users under 25 in 2017, predicts it will lose ~2.1M in 2018; Instagram's US users will grow 13%, Snapchat's by 9% in 2018  —  That's according to research firm eMarketer.  —  Facebook is losing young users even quicker than expected, according to new estimates by eMarketer.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook to allow publisher paywalls in its iOS app starting 3/1; users get five articles before being asked to pay, publishers get 100% subscription revenue  —  Apple is allowing Facebook to bend the subscription rules.  Starting March 1st, news publishers will be able to use their paywalls inside Facebook's iOS app.
John Battelle / NewCo Shift:
Former IAB board member questions Unilever's boycott of Facebook and Google, says major advertisers have little influence on platforms  —  P&G, Unilever and others are throwing their weight around with Google and Facebook.  The platforms can afford to ignore them.
Discussion: CNNMoney, Business Insider and The Drum
Charles Riley / CNNMoney:
Unilever marketing boss Keith Weed threatens to pull advertising from Facebook, Google, and other digital platforms, citing fake news, among other concerns
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
PolitiFact has moved from The Tampa Bay Times to the paper's parent company, The Poynter Institute, so it can operate as a not-for-profit newsroom  —  PolitiFact, one of the largest and best-known fact-checking outlets in the United States, has moved its organization from the Tampa Bay Times to The Poynter Institute.
Discussion: Poynter, @raju and @markstencel
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
PBS CEO Paula Kerger issues statement protesting Trump's proposed new budget which strips funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting  —  Kerger put out a statement in response to the release of the president's proposed budget.  —  PBS was surely not surprised …
A behind-the-scenes look at two tumultuous years inside Facebook as it struggled with fake news, its impact on the 2016 election, and its battle with News Corp  —  ONE DAY IN late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook's employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks.
Aditi Sangal / Digiday:
As podcasts struggle to be discovered on social media, producers add video, newsletters, and WhatsApp and Facebook groups to gain traction  —  As social media platforms have pivoted to video, they've gotten publishers to adapt.  But one medium has been left out: podcasts.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Howard Kurtz' book Media Madness claims bias led to a “massive imbalance” between coverage of Trump and other presidents, expressed indignation at fair coverage
Discussion: @lpolgreen
Jana Winter / Foreign Policy:
Former Senior FBI Official Is Leading BuzzFeed's Effort to Verify Trump Dossier
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Avi Selk / Washington Post:
NBC apologizes to Koreans for remarks by Olympics commentator Joshua Ramo who said Koreans viewed Japanese occupation of the country as a positive thing
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Fusion partners with Cheddar to air a weekly 30-min show, The Point with Jon Steinberg, premiering on February 15
Discussion: Talking Biz News, Thanks:@jonsteinberg
The Guardian:
Sweden wanted to drop its extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2013 but was dissuaded by the UK's prosecution service
Hollywood Reporter:
NY attorney general sues Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, and The Weinstein Company, claiming they failed to protect staff from pervasive sexual harassment