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4:25 PM ET, February 28, 2018

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Dan Primack / Axios:
Spotify files with SEC for $1B direct listing, will use SPOT as stock symbol; reports 71M paid subs, up 46% YoY, $4.09B revenue in 2017, up from $2.95B in 2016  —  Music streaming giant Spotify today filed for a $1 billion IPO.  Axios had previously reported on the company's confidential filing, but the new paperwork is public.
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Theodore Schleifer / Recode:   How Spotify shareholders TPG and Dragoneer used convertible debt notes, which entitled them to more shares if listing was delayed, to force listing by July 2
Associated Press:
Father of Florida shooting survivor admits altering an email from CNN that was sent to other news outlets amid controversy but says it wasn't on purpose  —  Last week's televised town hall on guns and school safety has led to finger-pointing by the father of a Florida school shooting survivor and CNN.
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Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Little Things, a publisher with 12M Facebook followers that focused on feel-good news and videos, is shutting down, says algorithm changes cut traffic by 75%+  —  - The digital publisher LittleThings is shutting down.  — The company, like some other media companies, had quickly amassed a big following on Facebook.
Jon Lafayette / Multichannel News:
NBCUniversal to decrease ads by 10% in original primetime programming on all of its television networks and reduce the number of commercials per break by 20%  —  New pods will feature just two commercials  —  NBCUniversal said it plans to decrease advertising time by 10% in original primetime programming …
Discussion: Variety, Adweek, @markdavis and FierceCable
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter begins rolling out its Bookmarks feature, which lets users privately save tweets and has been in testing since October 2017, to all mobile users  —  Twitter today is publicly launching its “Bookmarks” feature, which has been in testing since late last year, following the company's HackWeek project dubbed #SaveForLater.
Washington Post:
Analysis of posts on anonymous forums shows how extremists tried to undermine news reports and push conspiracy theories to broader media after Parkland shooting  —  Forty-seven minutes after news broke of a high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., the posters on the anonymous chat board 8chan …
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Associated Press:
Two officials close to Slovak PM Robert Fico, who were named in slain journalist Jan Kuciak's last story, have resigned until investigation into murder is over  —  https://apnews.com/0b2e032629694f85bf95 086832ea7641  —  BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — An investigative journalist shot dead …
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How a chat between two reporters who covered Pulse and Sutherland Springs mass shootings led to creation of a Facebook group for journalists covering trauma  —  The Orlando Sentinel reporter reached out to the San Antonio Express-News reporter on the night of Nov. 15, 2017.
The Wrap:
Roku rejects protesters' demand that it drop NRAtv, says it does not “curate or censor based on viewpoint”  —  A groundswell of online supporters are pushing several major tech companies, including Apple and Google, to sever ties with the National Rifle Association's TV channel …
Joseph Otterson / Variety:
Apple orders a 10-part psychological thriller series executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan  —  M. Night Shyamalan is heading to Apple.  —  The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to a psychological thriller series from writer Tony Basgallop that Shyamalan will executive produce.
 
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New Media Investment Group:
New Media Investment Group reports Q4 revenue of $394.4M, plans to close $14.25M purchase of Eugene Register-Guard in Q1, and spent $120M on Morris Publishing
Discussion: Poynter
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Viacom CEO Bob Bakish says the company plans to launch a streaming service later this year, making use of its archive content
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Three Dutch publications are suing the European Union over an EU project which classified them as “disinforming outlets”
Jessica DiNapoli / Reuters:
Sources: Weinstein Co's creditors want to lend it $25M to finance its movie and TV operations during upcoming bankruptcy and help protect their collateral
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Behind-the-scenes of this week's Time magazine, which took two years to produce, has no advertising, and covers the American opioid epidemic cover-to-cover
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Sources: White House Communications Director Hope Hicks told House investigators that her role sometimes required her to tell white lies on behalf of Trump
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
London police are investigating a complaint of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein from a 10th alleged victim; the incident reportedly happened in mid-1990s
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John Shinal / CNBC:
Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth shares chart that shows the Trump campaign paid slightly higher CPM prices compared to Clinton in 2016 election, disputing reports
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Inside the 10-month partnership between NYT and Times-Picayune covering coastal erosion and sea-level rise, NYT's first collaboration with a local news outlet
Cliff Kuang / Co.Design:
Knight study of 45M tweets examines how Asian Americans, African Americans, and feminists interact with media, with “hate-tweeting” often fueling sharing
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Twitter DMs show Trump confidant Roger Stone and WikiLeaks communicated directly in October and November 2016, contrary to their denials in 2017
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News wins appeal against TVEyes, a service that enables searching, watching, sharing of TV clips; ruling says TVEyes' product not justified as fair use