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3:30 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:
U.S. Plummets 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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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: @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 …
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 …
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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