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7:55 AM ET, February 11, 2019

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CNN:
Jill Abramson continues to defend her book against plagiarism charges, says she gave Vice early excerpts of the book and invited the company's response  —  New York (CNN Business)Jill Abramson continues to claim that passages from her new book, “Merchants of Truth,” weren't plagiarized, but instead were improperly credited.
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Tom Scocca / Hmm Daily:
Journalists defending Jill Abramson's plagiarism show that public figures above a certain level are somewhat immune to any real career consequences  —  The Worst Thing We Read Yesterday™  —  Last night, Michael C. Moynihan of Vice tweeted a series of examples of Jill Abramson …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
AMI sources: Lauren Sanchez's brother provided her texts with Bezos to National Enquirer; Bezos' security consultant says probe into who provided texts is over  —  Multiples sources tell The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez, a Trumpworld associate and brother to Bezos' lover, gave the couple's texts to The National Enquirer.
Benjamin Goggin / Business Insider:
Sources: GateHouse Media has quietly cut 60+ employees after buying a group of newspapers from Schurz Communications for $30M in late January  —  - GateHouse Media, owned by local newspaper giant New Media Investment Group, is quietly laying off journalists across the country.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
William Branigin recalls Joe Alex Morris Jr, the LA Times Middle East correspondent, who was killed in the Iranian Revolution 40 years ago  —  Forty years ago, L.A. Times correspondent Joe Alex Morris Jr. and I headed into Tehran's chaos as the shah's regime teetered.
Kevin McElwee / Columbia Journalism Review:
Analysis of six years of Who Pays Writers? data: freelancers typically made $200 per article, 73% had to wait 4+ weeks to be paid, and print articles paid more  —  The website Who Pays Writers? was founded in 2012 as a public, anonymous forum for freelancers to share their experiences working for publications.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Despite recent cost-cutting measures at digital media companies, major Hollywood media conglomerates remain confident in them as long-term strategic investments  —  As BuzzFeed and Vice cut hundreds of jobs, Comcast or Disney could look at takeover bids, but “why would they want to double …
The Outline:
An argument against the fixed-price subscription model, which isn't affordable for all, in light of free journalism experiments by The Correspondent and others  —  Imploring readers to support outlets through subscriptions misdiagnoses the problem.  —  Unconventional Wisdom
Martyn Herman / Reuters:
Following NFL, NBA, and Spain's La Liga, major UK Premier League teams to adopt Intel's True View tech, which provides immersive 360-degree replays  —  Fans of Liverpool and Manchester City are set to watch this season's Premier League title race from “inside the game” …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
MGM's pay TV channel Epix launches Epix Now, a $5.99/month streaming service, available on iOS, Apple TV and Android, says it is coming to Roku and Fire TV soon  —  Epix is joining the subscription streaming marketplace with the launch of Epix Now as a stand-alone option for $5.99 a month.
 
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