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5:45 PM ET, February 7, 2019

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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 …
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Washington Post:
Jill Abramson responds to plagiarism allegations, says some citations don't match with the right pages and some language is too close to sources, promises fixes  —  Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson responded Thursday to allegations that she plagiarized portions of her new book …
Brendan Nyhan / Medium:
Research comparing 2016 and 2018 suggests Facebook's efforts to limit the reach of fake news are working, but the platform's scale remains an alluring target  —  After the shock of the 2016 presidential election, many Americans found psychological refuge in a simple explanation for why Donald Trump won: “fake news.”
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
For Spotify to succeed as a podcast app, it needs to clearly separate podcasts from music, help users discover podcasts better, and allow creators to monetize  —  Some suggestions for improvement  —  Spotify announced today that the company plans to spend up to $500 million on podcast-related acquisitions.
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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
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68M, claiming Amazon breached a four-picture deal and refused to release A Rainy Day in New York  —  Woody Allen filed a $68 million suit against Amazon Studios Thursday, alleging that the streamer has backed out of a multi-picture film deal due to “a 25-year old, baseless allegation.”
Max Willens / Digiday:
IAC's Dotdash, which owns Investopedia and the remnants of About.com, posts $131M in revenue in 2018, up 44% YoY, and expects 21% revenue growth YoY for 2019  —  In a year where publishers scrambled to diversify their revenues and their business models, Dotdash posted breakout growth stemming from a course it charted a long time ago.
Discussion: @pkafka
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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David Cohen / Adweek:
MediaRadar estimates 1,400+ companies ran Snapchat ads in 2018, way below other social platforms; source says estimate is too low given formats like AR lenses
Cara Lombardo / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Digital First Media, which owns ~7.5% of Gannett's stock and was rejected in a takeover attempt, has launched a proxy fight to remake Gannett's board  —  Digital First Media, the hedge-fund-backed newspaper chain whose takeover bid for Gannett was rejected, is preparing for a proxy fight to remake Gannett's board.
Discussion: @cararlombardo
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
In Q4 2018, BBC Radio 4 had 10.5M listeners, down 750K listeners YoY, BBC 5 Live's audience fell 10% YoY; the BBC's total radio listening share fell to 50.9%  —  Flagship news and current affairs station's Rajar figures hit hard by commercial rivals  —  BBC Radio 4 has lost three-quarters …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: NYT reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang strike seven-figure deal with HarperCollins to write a book about Facebook  —  The book, acquired by HarperCollins, suggests the extent to which the publishing industry is willing to bet on politically adjacent reportorial blockbusters.
Discussion: Poynter
 
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
BBC to take control of the bulk of UKTV, a 10-channel broadcaster currently jointly owned with Discovery, with a one-off payment of as much as £250M
Discussion: Deadline
The Wrap:
Netflix finalizes a deal to acquire rights to Knock Down the House, a documentary about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other women who ran for office
Discussion: Mediaite
Leonie Kijewski / The Guardian:
Philippines DOJ indicts Rappler, Maria Ressa, and an ex-Rappler journalist for cyber libel over a 2012 story published months before the law was passed
Angela Moon / Reuters:
Twitter reports Q4 revenue of $909M, up 24% YoY, ad revenue of $791M, up 23% YoY, net income of $244M, and MAUs of 321M, down by 9M YoY; stock is down 9%+
Tim Hornyak / Nieman Lab:
Tokyo-based Nordot, a content-sharing platform that connects producers and distributors, has launched an English language version of its site
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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