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4:30 PM ET, February 13, 2019

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Aika Rey / RAPPLER:
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested by Philippines National Bureau of Investigation on cyber libel charges over story published four months before cyber law passed  —  The arrest is in connection with a story published by Rappler in May 2012 - or 4 months before the law that Maria Ressa …
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Lian Buan / RAPPLER:
Rappler's Executive Editor Maria Ressa is being detained in jail over night after a judge refused to process her bail  —  (UPDATED) ‘If somehow the government feels that by keeping me the night, they can intimidate me, no, we will hold the line,’ says Maria Ressa
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Apple plans an April or May launch date for its video streaming service, but Netflix won't participate and HBO hasn't committed  —  - Apple is targeting April to debut a new streaming product that will include original content free for Apple device owners and a platform to subscribe to other digital media services.
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John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Apple plans to hold a subscription services-focused event on March 25 at its Apple Park campus to announce a subscription news service
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple's plan for a paid news service later this year runs into resistance from major publishers as Apple wants 50% of the revenue and not to share data
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Organizers at BuzzFeed News announce they plan to form a union, nearly a month after more than 40 people were laid off from newsrooms  —  Last month, BuzzFeed laid off more than 220 employees, or 15 percent of its work force.  On Tuesday, employees at the company's news division responded …
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Lucia Moses / Business Insider:
Sources: after 15% of BuzzFeed News overall headcount was cut last month, current and former staffers are questioning Jonah Peretti's vision  —  - BuzzFeed just laid off 15% of its staff, including its first big cuts in its news division, BuzzFeed News.  — The cuts were a reckoning …
Reveal:
Matt Thompson, executive editor of The Atlantic, is joining California's Center for Investigative Reporting as editor-in-chief  —  EMERYVILLE, Calif. - The Center for Investigative Reporting has appointed Matt Thompson as its new editor in chief.  —  Thompson will oversee CIR's award-winning newsroom …
Ed Clowes / Gulf News:
Financier and prominent Trump backer Tom Barrack said that the US has committed worse atrocities than Saudi Arabia's killing of Jamal Khashoggi  —  Real estate developer said that kingdom was misunderstood by the West  —  Dubai: America is in no moral position to criticise Saudi Arabia …
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Washington Post:   Trump backer Tom Barrack apologizes for not making it clear that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was inexcusable, in recent comments he made in the UAE
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
BuzzFeed News is partnering with The Toronto Star to report on misinformation during Canada's 2019 general election  —  2019 is a general election year in Canada (as it is in many countries around the world), and the Toronto Star wanted to be on top of the misinformation and disinformation efforts …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
“Yellow vest” activist James Goddard has been charged with assault after allegedly threatening photographer Joel Goodman in Manchester  —  “Yellow vest” activist James Goddard has been charged with assault after allegedly threatening a Manchester Evening News photographer.
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David Sharman / HoldtheFrontPage:   A pro-Brexit “yellow vest” protester was arrested after threatening a photographer working for the Manchester Evening News
Shahien Nasiripour / Bloomberg:
Documents show National Enquirer publisher AMI and its parent have $1B+ in debt; CFO says “no direct investment in the company's debt or equity by the Saudis”  —  - AMI had negative net worth as of Sept. 30, documents show  — Losses spurred borrowing, leading to more than $1 billion debt
Kali Hays / WWD:
Financial filing shows that Meredith's sale of Sports Illustrated and Money magazine may be delayed until mid-2019  —  It's taken the publisher longer than planned to off-load the two former Time Inc. titles.  —  People magazine, a former Time title now owned by Meredith Corp.
Nicole Dieker / The Billfold:
Personal finance site The Billfold is shutting down on February 20 and its archives will remain online  —  Sad news, everyone.  Let's do this Q&A style, 'cause that's how I usually do big Billfold announcements.  —  The Billfold is shutting down?  —  Yes.  —  Really?  —  Yes.
Discussion: @mattdpearce
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish Network lost a record 381K satellite TV subs in the fourth quarter of 2018, as a result of the carriage standoffs with HBO and Univision  —  Dish Network lost a record 381,000 satellite TV subs in the fourth quarter of 2018, as the carriage standoffs with AT&T's HBO and Univision accelerated …
Amanda Darrach / Columbia Journalism Review:
“Since Parkland” goes live with profiles of ~1,200 children killed by gun violence, written by high school reporters who were trained and paid by The Trace  —  On Saturday morning, a team of 20 journalists gathered at the Brooklyn offices of The Trace, a nonprofit outlet for gun-related news in the US.
Jon Sopel / BBC:
The attack on BBC's Ron Skeans at a Trump rally was no surprise, and hostility towards the media is growing without a presidential condemnation of violence  —  I would really love to be able to say when I heard about the attack on our cameraman Ron Skeans that I was surprised.  Or shocked even.
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BBC:
A Trump supporter attacked BBC cameraman Ron Skeans and other news crews at a rally in El Paso, Texas, where Trump used anti-press rhetoric
Washington Post:
How Alden Global Capital, the hedge fund behind Digital First Media, has used a real estate subsidiary to get profits out of newspaper companies like Gannett  —  When the building housing the downtown Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper sold last April, the name of the buyer — Twenty Lake Holdings LLC — seemed of little consequence.
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:   A look at potential newspaper merger scenarios as sources say Gannett hired Goldman Sachs as advisers and as Gannett faces a new fight for board seats
 
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Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
How former staffers of LA Weekly, who were fired by a new owner, regrouped to create a quarterly magazine for Los Angeles called The LAnd
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Roger Stone requested Wednesday that a judge hold a hearing about his conspiracy theory that CNN was tipped off about his arrest before it happened last month
Discussion: Variety
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
Slate launches Supporting Cast in beta, a new service that lets podcast creators set up paid subscription layers, says it is invite only for now
Discussion: @c_cauterucci
 Earlier Picks: 
Reuters:
Sources: Apollo Global Management may announce a deal to buy Cox Enterprises' 14 regional TV stations this week; Apollo is also bidding on some Nexstar stations
Billboard:
Michael Lynton, currently chairman of Snap and formerly Sony Entertainment's CEO, is joining Warner Music Group's board of directors as non-executive chairman
Discussion: Variety
Charlie Deitch / Pittsburgh Current:
Some Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff ask that the publisher be banned from the building or searched on entering, after a newsroom “tirade” from him late Saturday
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Review into sustaining high-quality journalism in the UK culminates in a 157-page report with nine recommendations including an innovation fund and tax cuts