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8:20 AM ET, February 14, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google details how Chrome's optional ad blocking, which goes live tomorrow, will work: which kinds of ads will trigger it, how Chrome will notify users, more  —  Chrome's built-in ad blocker will go live tomorrow.  It's the first time Google will automatically block some ads in Chrome …
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
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  —  The Washington Post is broadening its international coverage with the opening of bureaus in Rome and Hong Kong.
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  —  At an internal town hall meeting with CNN employees today, CNN boss Jeff Zucker was asked his opinion on the possibility of his employees unionizing.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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  —  The New York Times's audio news report, “The Daily,” will soon extend its current following of 4.5 million monthly unique listeners to the national radio audience.
Discussion: The New York Observer
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.
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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
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
Liam Corcoran / Nieman Lab:
How Scandinavian publishing house Schibsted's machine learning tech predicts which readers are 3 to 5 times more likely to buy a subscription
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
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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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
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