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9:15 PM ET, February 8, 2015


 Top News: 
Brian Williams / Inside NBC News:
Brian Williams taking temporary leave from NBC Nightly News for next several days  —  A Personal Note from Brian Williams  —  In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC News President Deborah Turness confirms probe into Brian Williams' story, working on “next steps”
The Huffington Post:
Who Could Replace Brian Williams At ‘NBC Nightly News’?
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
BuzzFeed will interview Obama on Tuesday, using Facebook to amplify audience  —  BuzzFeed editor to interview Obama  —  BuzzFeed is about to have its first presidential interview.  —  On Sunday morning the website announced that its editor in chief, Ben Smith, will sit down with President Obama at the White House on Tuesday.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Newsweek held story about CIA/Mossad role in assassination of top Hezbollah operative for a year, at the CIA's request, then got scooped by the Washington Post  —  What the CIA didn't want Americans to know  —  Agency brass tried to spike a story implicating the CIA in the killing of a top Hezbollah terrorist.
Al Jazeera English:
Egypt sets Feb. 12 retrial date for Al Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy  —  Egypt sets retrial date for jailed Al Jazeera staff  —  Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy to appear in court on February 12.  —  Egyptian authorities have set a date for the retrial …
Diana Marszalek / NetNewsCheck:
New Orleans' The Lens facing a crucial year after string of funding setbacks, unexpected move  —  Can N.O. Lens' Critical Reporting Sustain?  —  New Orleans nonprofit investigative site The Lens is facing a crucible year after a string of funding setbacks that may be directly tied to some of its hard-hitting reporting.
Agence France-Presse:
Ukraine arrests TV journalist on treason charges after he denounces draft in YouTube video  —  Ukraine Arrests Journalist After Call to Dodge Draft  —  KIEV:  —  Ukraine's security service arrested a journalist on treason charges on Sunday after he posted a video online urging people …
Discussion: @homo_viator and @markamesexiled
Will Oremus / Slate:
Why do writers inaccurately call the software that writes AP news stories “robots”?  —  Automated Insights' AP earnings reports: “Robot journalists” a misnomer?  —  Automated journalism is no longer science fiction.  It's time to change what we call it.
Agence France-Presse:
Japan seizes passport of journalist trying to visit Syria: reports  —  2 hrs ago  —  Japan has seized the passport of a journalist planning to travel to Syria following the brutal killing of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group there, local media said Sunday.
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
Lack of listener data has held advertising back on podcasts, but outlook is improving  —  The measurement challenge facing podcast advertising  —  Apple has been a big factor in the growth of podcasting, but it's also a major force holding the medium back.
Discussion: @digiday
Hisham Adra / Asharq Al-Awsat:
Some Syrian publishing houses struggle on in the midst of war as others shut down or move out  —  Syrian Publishing's Uncertain Future  —  The headquarters of Al-Bashayer publishing house in Damascus, Syria (Asharq Al-Awsat)  —  Damascus, Asharq Al-Awsat—In the years before the Syrian uprising broke …
Edward Schumacher-Matos / NPR Ombudsman:
In his final column, outgoing NPR ombudsman addresses the ethical challenges NPR faces  —  Last Thoughts: NPR And The Balance Between Ethics And The Nation  —  Editor's Note: My predecessor, Edward Schumacher-Matos, has been reflecting on his tenure as NPR's Ombudsman, which ended Jan. 31.
Discussion: @jamestaranto and @romenesko
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Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says that co-founder Ilya Sutskever won't be a board member, but that the company is “discussing how he can continue his work at OpenAI”

Wall Street Journal:
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