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3:55 AM ET, February 12, 2014

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Will Oremus / Slate:
The Rise of the Facebook Truthers  —  Journalists will believe anything about the social network, as long as it's totally outlandish.  —  Something about Facebook makes journalists lose their minds.  How else to explain the seemingly unending procession of stories based on wild speculation and implausible conspiracy theories?
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Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Business Insider Changed its Story on Buzzfeed  —  Yesterday, Business Insider chief correspondent Nicholas Carlson stuck a subtle shiv into his competitors at Buzzfeed, attributing the site's success in exploiting Facebook's ever-evolving newsfeed algorithm to its practice of buying traffic …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Buzzfeed CEO: Here's Why Facebook Isn't Crushing Us
J.C. Stearns / Free Press Blog:
US plummets to #46 in Global Press Freedom Rankings  —  According to a new report from Reporters Without Borders, there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013.  —  After a year of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists and revelations about mass surveillance …
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Reuters:
Turkish editor hits out at media coercion under Erdogan  —  (Reuters) - A prominent Turkish newspaper editor has openly decried government pressure on the media, saying journalists live in fear, in unusually blunt criticism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's leadership months ahead of elections.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Why the NYT published the general location of a planned drone strike and the AP held back  —  New York Times Editor: Government Requests To Hold Info Are ‘Almost Blanket Policy’  —  NEW YORK — The Associated Press revealed Monday that the U.S. government is considering a drone strike …
Discussion: New York Times
Reuters:
Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer  —  Veteran news anchor Tom Brokaw, the face of “NBC Nightly News” for more than two decades, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, but is hopeful about the outcome of his treatment, the network said on Tuesday.
Discussion: NBC News, Mediaite and @nickkristof
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Mozilla To Sell Ads In Firefox Web Browser  —  Mozilla Will Serve Ads Within Tiles Of Its New Tab Pages  —  Mozilla will soon sell ads within its Firefox browser, the company announced Tuesday.  —  Wait, what?  Mozilla made itself the villian of the online ad business early last year …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Impatience Has Its Reward: Books Are Rolled Out Faster  —  “Annihilation,” the chilling first novel of a trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer that was released last week, tells the story of a scientific expedition to a mysterious place called Area X that has been cut off from the rest of the world.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Are publishers overselling social traffic at the expense of search?  A dialogue with Danny Sullivan … You may have seen my column yesterday on the rise of content designed for social sharing — a category that for me includes everything from pure-viral outlets like Upworthy to more newsy but still sharing-optimized sites like Quartz.
Discussion: @niemanlab and @dannysullivan
Mallary Jean Tenore / IVOH:
David Bornstein: To create social change, focus on solutions  —  In a recent talk at Middlebury College, David Bornstein shared some interesting remarks about the importance of solutions journalism and its impact on society.  Bornstein is co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network …
Discussion: @mallarytenore
Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
Why Zeit Online created team to lead investigative and data stories  —  The German outlet has established a senior editorial team to drive big stories, partnering with the rest of the newsroom and acting as a hub for investigations  —  Credit: By amslerPIX on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.
Mong Palatino / Mediashift:
How One Twitter Defamation Case Casts a Shadow on Media in Indonesia  —  Popular Indonesian Twitter user Benny Handoko, @benhan on Twitter, was sentenced to one year of probation late last month, after being found guilty of defaming a former politician.  —  Handoko tweeted on Dec. 7 …
Discussion: @pbsmediashift
Steve Rubel / AdAge:
IAB Says Free Speech Depends on a Healthy Ad Ecosystem  —  Advertisers Create the Means for Free Expression  —  Skip “The Lego Movie” last weekend?  No worries.  If you were one of the 500 that attended the Internet Advertising Bureau's Annual Leadership Meeting this week …
Michael Rondon / Folio:
Time Warner, Condé Nast Invest in Ad Tech Co.  —  Programmatic direct firm, iSocket, looking to expand partnerships.  —  Time Warner, parent (for now) of Time Inc., and Condé Nast have joined in on in a $5 million round of funding for programmatic ad developer, iSocket, the firm announced Monday.
Matt Waite / Drone Journalism Lab:
Drones, journalism, the FAA and the crackdown that isn't a crackdown  —  Since last week when a Connecticut TV station employee tried to use a drone at a fatal accident scene and was reported to the FAA by the local police, I've been getting a lot of calls from reporters asking if the FAA is cracking down on drone journalism.
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Michael Melia / Associated Press:   Drones Create New Ethical Minefields For Journalists
 
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