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5:20 PM ET, February 8, 2019

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Jeff Bezos:
Jeff Bezos publishes letters from National Enquirer owner AMI that he says show threats to publish his nude photos unless he stops probing AMI's reporting  —  Something unusual happened to me yesterday.  Actually, for me it wasn't just unusual—it was a first.  I was made an offer I couldn't refuse.
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Washington Post:
AMI says it believes it acted lawfully in its Bezos reporting and characterizes its actions as “good faith negotiations” but will investigate the claims  —  The parent company of the National Enquirer said it would thoroughly investigate extortion claims by Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos …
Bloomberg:
Sources: SDNY received information about key exchanges concerning Bezos and AMI and is reviewing it for possible immunity agreement violations  —  - Authorities were given publisher's missives to Amazon founder  — Potential jeopardy for AMI's previous deal with prosecutors
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
Ronan Farrow said he and at least one other journalist involved in stories about National Enquirer and Trump faced “blackmail” threats from AMI  —  Ronan Farrow said Thursday that he and “at least one other prominent journalist” who had reported on the National Enquirer …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
National Enquirer's work is not any kind of journalism, not even tabloidism; it is threat of publication as a bludgeon, with a clear political agenda  —  The tweet from Jeffrey P. Bezos, announcing his stunning blog post, came Thursday at 5:51 p.m.  —  And for a few long minutes, the chattering classes shut up.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Twitter served as the spark and initial validator for the Bezos blog post on Medium, once again showing how instrumental Twitter is for news  —  Jeff Bezos' highly personal blog post last night was a bombshell in many ways: it served as a middle finger to blackmailing bullies …
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Washington Post:
Trump administration declines to submit a report to Congress on whether Saudi Arabia's crown prince is responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi  —  The Trump administration declined Friday to submit a report to Congress determining whether Saudi Arabia's crown prince is personally responsible …
Eric Johnson / Recode:
Gimlet's Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber on weighing remaining independent and being acquired, the days before the deal, and reach, data, and discoverability  —  Blumberg and Lieber spoke with Recode's Peter Kafka on the latest episode of Recode Media.  —  On Friday, Recode broke the news …
Owen Williams / Charged:
Google touts its news initiatives, but essentially bars access to Google News for small publishers with its opaque policies and unrealistic output requirements  —  There's been a lot of discussion about the future of publishing over the last few years, particularly as Facebook traffic began cratering …
Discussion: @baekdal
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 …
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Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
While a fine line exists on what qualifies as plagiarism, it's irritating to have words borrowed for Jill Abramson's book with no apparent attribution
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
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Capitol Forum, which focuses on M&A and government contract news, sues Bloomberg News, claiming Bloomberg is violating copyright's “hot news doctrine” and more  —  Capitol Forum, a Washington-based news service that focuses on mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and government contracts …
Discussion: courthousenews.com, Thanks:@talkingbiznews
Reuters:
IAC's Vimeo generated $160M in revenue in 2018, up from $103.3M in 2017 as its subscribers grew to 952,000, up 9% YoY  —  Arjun Panchadar, Pushkala Aripaka  —  (Reuters) - Online video platform Vimeo's revenue jumped 54 percent last year as its subscriber base surpassed 950,000, its parent group IAC said on Thursday.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches Amazon Live streaming site and Amazon Live Creator iOS app for hosts from Amazon and brands to showcase available products  —  Amazon is taking on QVC with the launch of Amazon Live, which features live-streamed video shows from Amazon talent as well as those from brands …
 
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