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8:25 AM ET, February 18, 2014

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 Top News: 
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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Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
Jimmy Fallon powers ‘Tonight Show’ debut with stars like Tina Fey, U2  —  NEW YORK — Heeeere's Jimmy!  Jimmy Fallon made his debut Monday as the new host of “The Tonight Show” in an inaugural broadcast that was heavy on star power and sought to capitalize on the franchise's new digs in New York City after 42 years on the West Coast.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Press freedom groups urge David Cameron to lay off The Guardian  —  A group of the world's leading press freedom bodies is calling on prime minister David Cameron to distance himself from the investigation into The Guardian over the leaks by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Is it time to tie journalists' pay to revenue?  —  The days of editorial teams being quietly sheltered from the rigors of the sales team are long gone.  Instead, journalists today increasingly double as numbers-crunching audience-hunting analytics wizzes, often paid based on the reach, not the quality, of their output.
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Joe Berlinger to Direct Eight-Part Criminal Justice Series for Al-Jazeera America (Exclusive)  —  Award-wining filmmaker Joe Berlinger will direct and executive produce “The System,” an eight-part series on the criminal justice system, for Al-Jazeera America, TheWrap has learned.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Indian Journalist Charged With Rape of a Reporter  —  NEW DELHI — The police in the coastal state of Goa charged Tarun J. Tejpal, an investigative journalist and magazine editor, with raping and sexually assaulting a staff reporter during a November encounter in a hotel elevator.
Discussion: @hinduamericans
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Could Guardian, Washington Post share a Pulitzer for Snowden stories?  —  Pulitzer judges meet this weekend to begin choosing the latest winners.  Chronologically, the awards come later than most, and you can find winners in awards that come out earlier in the year.
Bloomberg:
Talks for including Netflix on Time Warner set-top boxes are on hold after Comcast deal announcement  —  Netflix Talks for Time Warner Cable Carriage Said to Slow  —  Netflix Inc. (NFLX)'s effort to secure a place for its video-subscription service on Time Warner Cable Inc. set-top boxes …
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Saudi Arabia's first female editor of national newspaper appointed  —  Somayya Jabarti takes over at helm of Jeddah-based English daily Saudi Gazette following departure of Khaled Almaeena  —  A woman in Saudi Arabia has been appointed editor-in-chief of a national newspaper …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
World Press Photo judge: Too few photographers, too little editing  —  World Press Photo's Photo of the Year isn't a hard-news shot: It's a John Stanmeyer image that shows people in Africa raising their cell phones in search of a signal from a neighboring country.
Discussion: @sulliview and BAGnewsNotes
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Mental Floss a big winner after Facebook's mysterious ‘high quality’ algorithm change  —  When Facebook announced in December that it was altering its News Feed algorithm to focus on “high quality content,” speculation centered on which sites might be in danger of excommunication as Facebook took aim at the viral bubble.
Discussion: Digiday, Salon, @poynter and @englishjason
 
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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
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Nick Summers / The Next Web:
WikiLeaks now offers a search engine to help you find documents linked to any keyword
Discussion: Softpedia News and @wikileaks
Doug Erickson / Wisconsin State Journal:
A community newspaper returns — with help from City Hall
Michael Holden / Reuters:
Murdoch's ex-British paper boss Brooks to start phone-hacking defence
Discussion: Reuters and Crikey