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1:45 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.
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.
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.”
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  —  Russia's disinformation campaign during the 2016 presidential election relied heavily on stories produced by major American news sources …
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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  —  Instagram has blocked posts in Russia relating to corruption claims made by the country's most prominent opposition leader.
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.
Maane Khatchatourian / Variety:
Univision reports $3B revenue and $655M net income, says benefit from new tax law saw its tax rate reduce to ~24% from ~38%  —  U.S. Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications had both good and bad news to deliver during its fourth-quarter and 2017 year-end earnings report on Thursday.
 
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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
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
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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
Christine Wang / CNBC:
CBS beats analyst estimates with Q4 revenue of $3.92B, up 11% YoY; CEO says CBS All Access and Showtime OTT now have nearly 5M subscribers combined
Adam Rogers / Wired:
A look at the complicated case of Quinn Norton and The New York Times, in which the NYT compounded its apparent lack of due diligence with surrender to the mob
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
How Facebook prioritizing friends' content with many comments led to a post reappearing atop people's News Feed over and over, increasing “engagement” even more