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3:20 AM ET, February 14, 2018


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James Bennet, NYT editorial page editor, says Quinn Norton will not join editorial board after her prior tweets with slurs emerge following hiring announcement  —  Quinn Norton has tweeted that she's friends with neo-Nazis, and has used slurs on a regular basis.
John Koblin / New York Times:
Netflix signs five-year exclusive contract with Ryan Murphy, creator of American Horror Story and Glee; sources say deal is worth as much as $300M  —  The streaming giant Netflix has won yet another battle against old Hollywood.  —  On Tuesday night, Netflix announced that it had poached …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Survey of 33 news orgs: 70% said reader willingness to pay for content has increased in past year  —  Publishers are looking increasingly to reader-revenue models, not just to secure a sustainable business model but also to reduce their dependency on the duopoly, according to a report from Axel Springer.
Daniel Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Ex-Vice employee, who had access to info on dozens of employee salaries, sues Vice over pay discrimination, says male subordinate made $25K/year more than her  —  A former female employee of Vice Media has alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the company discriminates against female employees …
Josh Breiner / Haaretz:
Israel police recommend charges against Arnon Mozes, the publisher of Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, as part of one case against Prime Minister Netanyahu  —  ‘Case 1000’ alleges Netanyahu received lavish gifts from wealthy businessmen in return for political favors; ‘Case 2000’ alleges a tit-for-tat with publisher of Israeli daily
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Jason Kottke, whose blog turns 20 this year, on the function of blogs, newsletters, how memberships bring in 60% of his revenue, more  —  “I am like a vaudevillian.  I'm the last guy dancing on the stage, by myself, and everyone else has moved on to movies and television."
Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed:
Jay Asher, author of the book Thirteen Reasons Why, adapted for Netflix, was removed from a literary organization over allegations of sexual harassment  —  Asher told BuzzFeed News that he was the one being harassed, and that he left on his own accord.  —  Author Jay Asher …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Oath CEO Tim Armstrong says programs in Go90, Verizon's free mobile video app, will be redistributed inside Oath outlets like HuffPost, Yahoo Finance  —  Shows on Go90, Verizon's free mobile video app, are likely to be broken out and deposited in other parts of the Yahoo/AOL empire.
Hannah Levintova / Mother Jones:
Video by Russian activist Alexei Navalny, alleging new link between Russia and Trump campaign, is subject of injunction, may lead to YouTube and Instagram block  —  Last week, a 25-minute video published by Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny alleging a new link between the Kremlin …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
WH briefing room is now much worse than a spin room, with Sarah Sanders channeling Trump's abuse of media, hitting new low when talking about respect for women  —  She dripped disdain.  —  She oozed contempt.  —  “If you were paying attention to what I just read to you . . .” …
John Lynch / Business Insider:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says the site hasn't banned Logan Paul because he has not violated its policies three times, the requisite for such a punishment  —  - YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said at a media conference Monday that the controversial YouTube star Logan Paul hasn't violated enough policies to be banned from the platform.
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
USA Today is adding 20 new editors and producers to the current 40-person video team, has built a new studio in Gannett's Manhattan headquarters
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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
Dave Lee / BBC:
UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd is visiting tech companies in Silicon Valley to discuss UK govt's new AI tool which can detect 94% of IS's online activity
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
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Google launches AMP story format, a mobile-friendly tool for video, image, and animation-heavy stories, partnering with CNN, Vox Media, and other publishers