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8:00 AM ET, February 15, 2018

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The Intercept:
Leaked WikiLeaks chats from May 2015-Nov. 2017 of a direct-message Twitter group show anti-Clinton bias, misogyny, encouragement of trolling and fake accounts  —  On a Thursday afternoon in November 2015, a light snow was falling outside the windows of the Ecuadorian embassy in London …
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
District court judge dismisses Playboy lawsuit against Boing Boing for linking to Playmate pictures on Imgur and YouTube, gives Playboy a chance to revise suit  —  The magazine sued over a Boing Boing post linking to “scans of every Playboy Playmate centerfold.”
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Leaked chat transcript from an NYT Slack channel shows staff concern over diversity efforts, prompted by tweet by opinion section's Bari Weiss on immigrants  —  According to one employee, diversity efforts at the publication “are nothing but lip service.”  —  In 2016, James Bennet left …
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Chrome's default ad blocker goes live Thursday, removing ads on sites that repeatedly display pop-ups, autoplay video with sound, and other invasive ads
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Vimeo rolls out tool to live stream on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and Periscope simultaneously  —  Video platform Vimeo is today rolling out new features designed to simplify video distribution across social networks, including one tool that allows live video to be streamed to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Periscope at the same time.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reuters executives explain why they felt an imperative to publish a special report by jailed reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Myanmar  —  Alexandra Ellerbeck, North America program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, speaks at a kickoff event for CJR's new print issue in Toronto.
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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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV adds Turner networks including CNN and TBS, will raise monthly subscription price by $5 to $40/month for new customers from March 13  —  Internet TV ‘skinny bundle’ service also expands to more markets, will add NBA TV and MLB Network  —  The YouTube TV “skinny” …
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Sources: key staff members of HuffPost UK, which has 45 editorial workers, are pushing to unionize with the National Union of Journalists  —  It's the third time in recent years the British operation of an American news and lifestyle website has pushed for union recognition.
 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
USA Today names Nicole Carroll, the editor of The Arizona Republic, as its new editor-in-chief
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David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: CBS CEO Les Moonves and Viacom CEO Bob Bakish met last Friday to discuss a deal to combine the two companies
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The New York Times says that The Daily podcast will expand to public radio in April, distributed by American Public Media
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