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1:00 PM ET, February 17, 2019

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Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Kara Swisher and Jack Dorsey's #KaraJack chat showed Twitter needs major product fixes to make it easier to follow complex public conversations  —  Without major fixes to the product, the platform will never be a place for complex discussions.  —  Earlier this week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey …
James Wagner / New York Times:
Profile of Sports Reference, a family of sports websites with 11 full-time staff, that its founder says had 1B page views last year  —  PHILADELPHIA — While writing a sermon in September, Cheryl Pyrch, the pastor of Summit Presbyterian Church, needed an assist.
Poynter:
Outgoing director of the International Fact-Checking Network reflects on how fact-checking changed since 2015, dealing with platforms like Facebook, and more  —  So long, fact-checkers … When I started as director of the International Fact-Checking Network in September 2015, there was very little there to direct.
South China Morning Post:
Xuexi Qiangguo, a propaganda app with Snapchat-like messaging features developed by China's Communist Party, becomes top free app on Apple's App Store in China  —  The Xuexi Qiangguo app is now most downloaded item on Apple's App Store in China, surpassing popular social media apps such as WeChat and TikTok.
Anna Altman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with Matt Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters, who has been closely tracking how Fox News coverage influences Trump's tweets since 2017  —  “There's a saying in politics that personnel is policy,” Matt Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters, said on a recent afternoon.
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Blippi, a YouTube star popular with kids, says he used DMCA takedown notices for years to remove Harlem Shake Poop, an embarrassing video he starred in 2013  —  Someone claiming to represent Blippi filed DMCA copyright takedown requests to Google in order to get an embarrassing viral video hidden.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Brazilian fact-checker AosFatos.org describes how it found an estimated 3M visits to fake news sites allegedly connected to its impersonator AosFatos.com  —  Someone is publishing fake news stories on a website that looks like a fact-checking organization.  —  On Wednesday, Brazilian fact …
Loyola Phoenix:
In editorial, journalists at Loyola University's newspaper describe how the university communications office has restricted media access to professors and staff  —  A Phoenix news reporter, on the trail of a story about Loyola's above-average abundance of women in STEM programs …
Duncan Cooper / Pitchfork:
While some artists whose music is used in TikTok videos are compensated through their labels' sales of blanket licenses, others forgo payment for exposure  —  The company behind lip-sync app TikTok is reportedly worth three times as much as Spotify, but the artists whose music powers the platform are seeing very little of that money.
Ashley Baker / Daily Front Row:
Interview with Conde Nast CRO Pamela Drucker Mann on transition from a publishing company to a full-fledged media company, content partnerships, and more  —  Bob is out and a new CEO is (eventually) coming... so what exactly is going on at Condé Nast?
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter hides a tweet, reportedly from Iran's head of state, for pointing out that a previous leader's verdict to murder novelist Salman Rushdie is still valid  —  Twitter removed a tweet from an account that reportedly belongs to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Friday …
Kali Hays / WWD:
Challenger Gray study: 15.5K jobs cut in news, broadcast news, TV, film, and music in 2018, a 281% increase YoY, of which 11.8K were in news organizations alone  —  A study from an industry outplacement firm said 2018 was the worst year for media in a decade.  This year isn't shaping up so well already.
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Amy X. Wang / Rolling Stone:
Interview with the Swedish social science research team behind Spotify Teardown, a forthcoming book that takes a deep look at the music streaming giant
Discussion: Music Ally
Todd Spangler / Variety:
SEC filing: Spotify paid ~$337M to buy Gimlet Media and Anchor; Spotify told investors it expects to spend $400M-$500M in total on podcast acquisitions in 2019
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Sources: Facebook is working with some media partners to test connecting third-party ad tech, like Google Ad Manager, to Watch
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Great Hill Partners is in exclusive talks with Univision to buy Gizmodo Media Group for an undisclosed sum
James Vincent / The Verge:
OpenAI says it won't release the dataset behind GPT-2, its new text generator algorithm that can write, translate, and summarize text, due to fears of misuse
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook says it is exploring ways to address anti-vaccine misinformation including reducing or removing it from recommendations and demotion in search results