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1:35 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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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.
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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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.
Biz / 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.”
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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 …
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  —  Amnesty and Reporters Without Borders condemn prosecution of news website, editor Maria Ressa and staff
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  —  “It's inefficient for publishers to try to do everything themselves.  Meanwhile, they have to try to compete with massive, powerful news distributors like Google and Yahoo.
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%+  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc forecast first-quarter revenue below Wall Street estimates and reported a drop in users …
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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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
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
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
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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
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