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8:50 PM ET, February 18, 2014

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Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Whisper publicizes and claims it vetted a new Gwyneth Paltrow affair rumor shared by a user  —  Whisper, The Sequoia-Backed Secret Sharing App, Makes A Move Into TMZ Territory  —  Whisper, the popular anonymous social sharing startup that's raised $24 million from venture capital giants …
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Graydon Carter / Vanity Fair:
Graydon Carter explains why Vanity Fair didn't run with Gwyneth Paltrow piece  —  The Paltrow Affair  —  Not to bore you with the details, but the whole Vanity Fair-Gwyneth Paltrow brouhaha began innocently enough at a routine morning editorial meeting last spring.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
BostonGlobe.com is moving to a metered paywall … That's one of the takeaways from this long profile of the John Henry-era Globe by Jason Schwartz in Boston Magazine.  The Globe famously split its web presence in 2011 into a completely free Boston.com and a mostly hard-paywalled BostonGlobe.com.
Discussion: @niemanlab
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Jason Schwartz / Boston Magazine:
Will John Henry Save the Globe?  —  Maybe, but his ambitions are much grander.  “I feel my mortality,” he says.  So here's his plan: He's going to use the time he has left on earth to try to save journalism itself.  —  Just days after striking a deal to buy the Boston Globe …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Study says civic participation fell in Denver and Seattle after newspapers closed  —  Civic engagement in Denver and Seattle “dropped significantly from 2008 to 2009,” Portland State University professor Lee Shaker says in a paper published at the end of January called “Dead Newspapers …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Reality check: No, Upworthy's traffic didn't get crushed by Facebook's algorithm change  —  A week or so ago, Business Insider had a post about how a recent change to Facebook's newsfeed algorithm had “crushed” traffic to Upworthy, the viral-news site that relies on social platforms for much of its audience …
Discussion: @antderosa and Salon
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The Intercept:
Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters  —  Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its British counterpart reveal for the first time how the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom targeted WikiLeaks …
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Some people want a lot more Winter Olympics; some people want no Winter Olympics at all  —  The folks at NBC's Breaking News have a post up looking at how their users responded to the arrival of a huge story — the Sochi Winter Olympics.  (Breaking News is ahead of the pack at encouraging readers …
Discussion: Forbes and The Whip
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Journal pushes enterprise, data, ‘immersive storytelling’  —  The Wall Street Journal is making moves to ramp up its enterprise coverage.  Managing editor Gerard Baker announced three appointments that “will strengthen our investigations team, enhance our data-reporting resources and advance …
Discussion: @mathewi and @danieldrepper
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Showtime App Goes Live on Roku — But Comcast Is Not on Board  —  Showtime Networks has launched its authenticated streaming-video service on Roku broadband set-top boxes, providing access to to hundreds of hours of on-demand content and live TV feeds, available to subscribers of several major pay-TV partners.
Jim Romenesko:
U.S. News deletes archived web content published before 2007  —  A Romenesko reader recently noticed that U.S. News wiped out a good chunk of its archives.  He writes: “The way that I stumbled upon this is that I am constantly going back into archives of various publications while doing research.
Alain de Botton / The Huffington Post:
Society needs people whose attention is not caught up in the news of the moment  —  On Not Caring About The News  —  We should go a little easier on ourselves when it comes to indifference to the news, and recognize that we're one of the first generations to have to deal with the torrent …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In Connecticut, the Independent Media Network tries to succeed where Patch couldn't  —  AOL's Patch was perhaps the most noteworthy attempt to network local online news.  It was built around hundreds of locally focused sites, yes, but it relied on a common technology back end and a shared ad sales staff.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Mike Hopkins / Hulu Blog:
Hulu hires former SVP at Sony Network Entertainment Tian Lim as CTO  —  A World-Class Builder Joins the Hulu Ranks  —  Hulu is the best place for world-class builders.  Hands down.  Our business at its core is defined by the building and innovating that happens daily at Hulu.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Journalists Caught In The Violence In Kiev  —  The Ukranian capital of Kiev has exploded in violence and, as so often happens, journalists are getting caught in the crossfire.  —  For weeks, press freedom groups and Ukranian NGO's have been highlighting the dangers members of the media …
Discussion: imi.org.ua
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Salon Media Group Continues to Increase Revenue Through Traffic  —  Company has cut total losses in half.  —  Salon Media Group revealed results for its third quarter 2014 fiscal year, which ended December 31.  The company earned $1.9 million in net revenue—an increase of 82 percent versus that period from the prior year.
 
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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Portions of Forbes Site Still Down After Hacker Attack
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Condé Nast W.T.C. digs ‘well underway,’ move begins November
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Bloomberg expanding its luxury magazine, Pursuits
Discussion: @alexsteigrad, Thanks:@drewkerr
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Big YouTube channels launch GOVA to protect interests of web video companies
BBC:
The BBC, NBC News, Reuters, and others call for release of Al Jazeera journalists
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
A Journalist Is Suing the Police Who Grounded His Drone
Discussion: Poynter and @matthew_ryan
Alistair Barr / USA Today:
Google makes play for TV ad dollars, signs deal with ad buyer Magna Global
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and WebProNews
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Press freedom groups urge David Cameron to lay off The Guardian
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
World Press Photo judge: Too few photographers, too little editing
Discussion: @sulliview and BAGnewsNotes
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
Jimmy Fallon powers ‘Tonight Show’ debut with stars like Tina Fey, U2
Dana Liebelson / Mother Jones:
Why It's Getting Harder to Sue Illegal Movie Downloaders
Discussion: @dliebelson
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Joe Berlinger to Direct Eight-Part Criminal Justice Series for Al-Jazeera America (Exclusive)