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5:15 PM ET, February 16, 2018

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Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
Since 2016, American Media has made Karen McDougal professional promises and paid $150K in a catch-and-kill arrangement for her story of her affair with Trump  —  One woman's account of clandestine meetings, financial transactions, and legal pacts designed to hide an extramarital affair.
CNBC:
US indicts 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities, including Internet Research Agency, in Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections  —  - Special counsel Robert Mueller said a grand jury had indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
New analysis shows 36K tweets from Internet Research Agency linked most often to Breitbart News, then Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle; RT ranked 19th
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Covering Parkland shooting means balancing informing the audience with interviewing traumatized teenagers who may not be able to give informed consent  —  The morning after the school massacre in Parkland, Fla., NBC's “Today Show” aired a dramatic live interview Thursday.
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Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed:
Reporter's outreach to shooting survivors via Twitter was hindered by accounts falsifying her words and targeting her; Twitter said targeting didn't break rules  —  In the wake of the Florida high school shooting Wednesday, Twitter users began spreading doctored tweets targeting Miami Herald reporter Alex Harris.
David Beard / Poynter:
Interview with The Intercept's Research Director Lynn Dombek on researchers, their skill sets, and their role in site's Dakota pipeline and Rob Porter stories  —  Move over, Woodward and Bernstein.  —  This era's great journalistic diggers include Julie Tate, Kitty Bennett, Alice Crites, Margot Williams and Sheelagh McNeill.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
A look at the Guardian's new podcast player, available online and as an app, which provides show notes like links, graphics, and more in real time  —  The Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab's podcast player for the mobile web lets you listen to a show without using a podcast app …
Discussion: The Guardian
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
District court in New York rules that by embedding a tweet with copyrighted content, websites may violate copyright, rejecting years of settled legal precedent  —  The defendants including Breitbart, Time, Vox and the Boston Globe warned a loss would “cause a tremendous chilling effect on the core functionality of the web.”
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Belgian court rules Facebook is illegally collecting user data via cookies on third party sites, must remove data, threatens €250K/day fines for noncompliance  —  Fine of up to 250,000 euros a day if company doesn't comply  —  Social network to appeal, says cookies are industry standard
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Magna Global: TV ad sales in the US fell 7.8% to $61.8B in 2017, the biggest drop outside a recession in at least 20 years, with no sign of a pickup in 2018  —  Sales drop last year was worst outside a recession in 20 years  —  The peak of the market was two years ago, Magna Global says
Press Gazette:
Istanbul court sentences six journalists, including Ahmet and Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak, to life sentences for involvement in 2016 coup  —  A court in Istanbul has sentenced six journalists accused of involvement in a 2016 coup attempt to life prison terms, according to Turkey's state-run news agency.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
After signing a licensing deal with Getty, Google Image Search removes View Image button; Search by Image button also removed but still works through search bar  —  Google has removed the View Image button and the Search by Image feature when viewing an individual image within Google Image Search.
 
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Hearst cuts jobs at old Rodale operations, with 84 positions eliminated in New York City and 35 in Emmaus, PA, amid consolidation
Discussion: Fast Company
BBC:
Facebook complies with demand of Russia's internet censor to remove Instagram video by opposition activist Alexei Navalny, but the video remains on YouTube
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK magazine circulation July-December 2017: Economist up 8% YoY, Fortune EU down 32%, Spectator at all-time high as editor lauds digital for rising print sales