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8:30 AM ET, February 19, 2018

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
President Trump uses tweets on Russian ad spending from Facebook ads VP Rob Goldman to call reporters covering election interference the “Fake News Media”  —  President Trump approvingly passed along comments from Facebook ads VP Rob Goldman on Saturday, using Goldman's remarks …
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook's focus on Groups, and the tools to build and promote them, can be easily exploited by bad actors like Russia, Mueller indictment shows  —  It's tribes all the way down  —  A year ago this past Friday, Mark Zuckerberg published a lengthy post titled “Building a Global Community.”
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.
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Facebook says it will mail postcards to would-be buyers of election-related ads mentioning federal candidates, will have codes to verify identity and location  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities …
Manish Singh:
Wikipedia Zero, which partnered with 97 mobile carriers in 72 countries to provide 800M+ users access to Wikipedia at no data cost, is being discontinued  —  In an unexpected development, the Wikimedia Foundation announced on Friday that it is discontinuing Wikipedia Zero …
New York Times:
Sources: how American Media Inc., which owns The National Enquirer, Star, Us Weekly, and Radar, helped Trump lawyer Michael Cohen bury scandals  —  As accounts of past sexual indiscretions threatened to surface during Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign, the job of stifling potentially …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Q&A with John Oliver: How Last Week Tonight tries to limit Trump coverage, does segments that don't feel timely, and how it satirizes controversy  —  The world keeps changing, and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” keeps staying the same.  As it begins its fifth season on Sunday …
Discussion: USA Today
Shawn Musgrave / Politico:
How 4chan trolls organized to spread misinformation about Florida shooter's ties to a white supremacist group; ADL, ABC, AP, and others spread the false story  —  ABC, AP and others ran with false information on shooter's ties to extremist groups.  —  Following misrepresentations …
May Jeong / Wired:
Kim Wall's friend tries to find out how she died, profiles the man accused of her murder, and recounts conversations about the dangers faced by female reporters  —  Kim Wall went for a ride on a submarine, hoping to write a story about a maker of “extreme machines.”  She never did.
Katharine Schwab / Co.Design:
ProPublica reporter outlines how they are developing their own machine learning algorithms and chatbots as investigative tools against big tech companies  —  The nonprofit is fighting fire with fire, developing algorithms and bots that hold Facebook and Amazon accountable.
The Guardian:
The Guardian appoints Jim Waterson, political editor of BuzzFeed UK since 2013, as media editor; he will lead on all media coverage across print and digital  —  Guardian News & Media is pleased to announce that Jim Waterson has been appointed media editor.  He will lead on all media coverage …
Discussion: Press Gazette and @jimwaterson
 
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
At the Digital News Initiative Summit on Thursday, Google previewed a “Subscribe with Google” feature in Google Play for publishers who use paywalls
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