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10:25 PM ET, February 6, 2019

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New York Times Company:
In Q4, The New York Times added 265K digital subscriptions, bringing total number of digital subs to 3.4M but profit decreased to $74.7M from $90.5M a year ago  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)— The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) announced today fourth-quarter 2018 diluted earnings per share …
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Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Vice News correspondent says former NYT executive editor Jill Abramson included plagiarized passages in chapters about Vice in her book, Merchants of Truth  —  Vice News Tonight correspondent Michael Moynihan is calling out former executive editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson out for what he says are …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Spotify buys podcast producer Gimlet Media, sources say for ~$230M, and Anchor, a startup which makes it easier for users to record and distribute podcasts  —  Daniel Ek says he wants to spend up to $500 million on acquisitions this year.  —  Spotify is a streaming music company that wants to become a podcast company, too.
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Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
Craig Newmark donates $10M to Columbia Journalism School to launch new ethics center and $5M to Poynter to create separate ethics and leadership center  —  For many of the past few decades, the rules around journalism ethics have been largely settled.  We know the appropriate ways to treat sources …
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Neil Brown / Poynter:
Poynter SVP Kelly McBride will lead the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership, which will serve as a clearinghouse for best practices
Discussion: @kellymcb and Fortune
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
State of the Union ratings: 46.8M viewers watched Trump's address, up about 3% over 2018; Fox News led with 11.1M viewers, down slightly from 11.5M last year  —  The president's address to Congress is up by about 10 percent versus 2018 in preliminary figures.
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Bill Owens is named executive producer of 60 Minutes, replacing Jeff Fager, who was ousted in September after sending a threatening text to a CBS correspondent  —  Owens becomes only the third person to lead the 51-year-old broadcast.  —  Bill Owens has been tapped to replace Jeff Fager as the executive producer of 60 Minutes.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Benny Johnson, who has worked at IJR, National Review, and BuzzFeed, is leaving the Daily Caller to join Turning Point USA as chief content officer  —  Benny Johnson, a former reporter at the Daily Caller, is joining Charlie Kirk's Turning Point USA, The Hill has confirmed.
France 24:
The AFP is extending its fact-checking partnership with Facebook to articles published in Arabic, with a team of fact-checkers based in Beirut  —  Agence France-Presse is extending its fact-checking deal with Facebook to counter fake news in Arabic, it said Wednesday.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
21st Century Fox reported strong overall Q2 earnings, but its Television unit had a $22M loss, yet had 19% growth in ad, affiliate, and content sales  —  Continuing to put up steady results across its TV and film operations, 21st Century Fox posted a dip in earnings in its fiscal second quarter …
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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
A dozen Harvard students and faculty reflect on Facebook's early days, how the platform worked, and how it made them feel as its first users  —  On the 15th anniversary of Facebook's launch at Harvard, a dozen students and faculty members reflect on seeing and being the first users of the world's largest social network.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
YouTube CEO says the number of channels with 1M+ subs nearly doubled and the number of creators who earned five or six figures grew 40%+ in the last year  —  In a post on Tuesday about her 2019 goals, YouTube Chief Executive Susan Wojcicki touted several milestones Google's massive video site surpassed …
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Patrick Howell O'Neill / Gizmodo:
If Reddit lands a $150M Tencent investment, they'd make strange bedfellows: Tencent helps build the Great Firewall; Reddit's product, banned in China, is speech
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Custom and Borders Protection has apologized after BuzzFeed News deputy news director David Mack was grilled by a CBP agent over the site's Trump coverage
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
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Owen S. Good / Polygon:
Machinima is now officially closed, two weeks after it went offline, with layoffs of 81 people but a “select number” remaining to work at AT&T's Otter Media
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Leaked audio: Vice news chief Josh Tyrangiel says Vice is nearing a deal with Hulu for a new show, and revenue loss after end of HBO show contributed to layoffs
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Researchers at Medill Local News Initiative analyzed 13TB of subscriber data from local papers, found high correlation between regular reading and sub retention