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2:10 PM ET, February 14, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Report: Apple News is driving huge traffic to publishers, accounting for 50% of's daily traffic at times, and has ~12 editorial staff in US  —  Apple News can yield a flood of traffic for news publishers, with the app accounting for as much as 50 to 60 percent of readership for some stories …
Discussion: The Information and 9to5Mac
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: AT&T and Time Warner's list of people to call upon as witnesses in forthcoming trial with DoJ includes antitrust chief Makan Delrahim  —  Company lays the groundwork to challenge the legitimacy of government's antitrust suit  —  WASHINGTON— AT&T Inc. T -.56% is considering …
Discussion: Fortune and FierceCable
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
USA Today names Nicole Carroll, the editor of The Arizona Republic, as its new editor-in-chief  —  Nicole Carroll, a veteran of the Arizona Republic, was named editor in chief of USA Today, a signal that emphasizes the national broadsheet's emerging function as a provider …
Discussion: WWD, Adweek and Arizona Republic
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
PEN America to grant Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the two Reuters reporters jailed after their investigation into the Inn Din massacre, the Freedom to Write Award  —  For more than two months, the Burmese government has held two Reuters reporters in prison for their investigation into a massacre by the country's military.
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David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: Viacom CEO Les Moonves and Viacom's CEO Bob Bakish met last Friday to discuss a deal to combine the two companies
Washington Post:
The Washington Post is opening bureaus in Rome and Hong Kong and has named a second Mexico City-based correspondent, as its international audience increases
Hamilton Nolan / Splinter:
Sources: at a CNN town hall on Tues, Jeff Zucker was asked what his position on the network's digital employees unionizing is, says company hadn't considered it
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times says that The Daily podcast will expand to public radio in April, distributed by American Public Media
Discussion: The New York Observer
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Survey of 33 news orgs: 70% said reader willingness to pay for content has increased in past year
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
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
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
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