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2:50 PM ET, February 22, 2017

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Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Bill Maher continues to defend his decision to invite Milo Yiannopoulos on his show, Real Time, saying it hastened his downfall  —  If you were disappointed that Bill Maher brought Milo Yiannopoulos onto his HBO show “Real Time” last week, Mr. Maher is not especially bothered.
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Milo Yiannopoulos / Facebook:
Milo Yiannopoulos says he is a child abuse victim, still plans to release book this year, and will announce a new, independent media venture in coming weeks
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Milo Yiannopoulos announces he has resigned from Breitbart News effective immediately, citing a “poor choice of words”
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Sources: Trump's staff planted positive stories in right-wing outlets, including Breitbart, InfoWars, and the Daily Caller, to prevent him angrily tweeting  —  The trick?  Making sure his media diet included a healthy dose of praise.  —  President Donald Trump's former campaign staffers claim …
Politico:
Sources: Difficulty recruiting journalists, among other issues, is slowing down Breitbart's European expansion, with a launch before French election unlikely  —  The provocative website promised to conquer the Continent — but has yet to roll out sites in France or Germany ahead of elections.
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Francis Whittaker / BuzzFeed:
Russian foreign ministry creates site to debunk “fake news” stories from Western media  —  Since the rise of “fake news” as a major player in the global political conversation last year, you may have noticed that some politicians around the world have started using the term …
New York Times:
Inside Europe's fight against online disinformation, as Dutch, German, and French elections approach
Discussion: Nieman Lab and NewsWhip
Steven Waldman / New York Times:
Facebook, Google, Verizon, and Apple should step in with more philanthropy to help disrupted local journalism  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's manifesto about community, released last week on Facebook, wisely analyzed the state of journalism: He decried sensationalism …
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Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
Subscription model for news could be fixed if Google and Facebook allowed publishers to sell news on their platform and used user data to dynamically price news
Discussion: blog.wan-ifra.org
Max Willens / Digiday:
The New York Times is experimenting with A/B testing for mobile-specific headlines, after 10 months of A/B testing headlines across platforms  —  After 10 months of A/B testing its headlines seriously, the New York Times has started slicing its audience into finer segments, albeit informally.
Alex Gladu / Bustle:
The Washington Post rolls out new slogan, Democracy Dies in Darkness, underneath its logo and across its platforms  —  On a list of President Trump's friends, the mainstream media is not likely to be found — and that may be putting it lightly.  From the days of his campaign to what are now his days …
Jasper Jackson / The Guardian:
Newspapers falling for viral hoax videos undermine their own arguments about fake news  —  Media outlets published video of cyclist responding to catcallers without checking its authenticity.  The race for clicks is undermining claims people should trust the news
Discussion: The Guardian
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Brian Robbins, CEO of teen/tween video network AwesomenessTV, is stepping down and will be replaced by Brett Boutier  —  Here's the memo.  —  Brian Robbins, the founder and CEO of teen/tween video network AwesomenessTV, is leaving the company.  —  In a memo to his staff, Robbins says Brett Boutier …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
ProPublica names Louise Kiernan first editor in chief of ProPublica Illinois … ProPublica Illinois announced Louise Kiernan as its first editor in chief on Tuesday.  —  Kiernan, who worked at the Chicago Tribune for 18 years, comes to ProPublica's first regional project from the Medill School …
Discussion: Adweek, ProPublica and @mjberens1
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Fairfax Media triples its profits YoY to $84M for six months to December 2016, says it will continue printing newspapers  —  Greg Hywood says company will keep printing Sydney Morning Herald and the Age ‘for some years yet’ and may spin off Domain real estate business
Discussion: Fairfax Media
 
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Lynne Marek / Crain's Chicago Business:
SEC filing: New York hedge fund Starboard Value, led by Jeff Smith, dubbed the activist investor that “CEOs fear the most”, acquires 6.6% in Tribune Media
Discussion: @robertfeder
Natalia Mazotte / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Poder360, a Politico-like news site covering Brazil's government, funded by revenue from corporate subscriptions to its premium newsletters
Hadas Gold / Politico:
The Daily Beast hires conservative journalist Lachlan Markay as its new White House reporter
Discussion: @rosiegray and @lachlan
Jennifer Calfas / The Hill:
Sweden's official Twitter account, which changes users weekly, counters Trump's remarks in tweetstorm
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