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6:20 PM ET, February 18, 2015


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CNN/ORC poll: 52% say Brian Williams should be allowed back on  —  A new CNN/ORC poll shows a sharp divide in the country's reactions to Brian Williams' six-month suspension from “NBC Nightly News.”  —  A slim majority, 52% of respondents, said NBC News should allow Williams to return to his anchor chair.
John McDermott / Digiday:
Tumblr drives approximately 1M referrals per month to Mic's website, twice as many as Twitter  —  How Mic turned Tumblr into a big traffic driver  —  A little more than a year ago, Mic (then still known as PolicyMic) had just a few hundred followers on Tumblr and was doing nothing but reblogging posts from other accounts.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
The Huffington Post to launch weekly primetime satirical news show on March 24, will air live on homepage and HuffPost Live video network  —  The Huffington Post Launches Weekly Satirical News Show (Exclusive)  —  The Huffington Post is expanding its live video programming with weekly primetime news hour The HuffPost Show.
Guido Fawkes:
Leaked Memo Shows Telegraph Offered Sony “Support Across Editorial”  —  In their response to Peter Oborne's explosive resignation, the Telegraph strenuously denied allegations the distinction between editorial content and advertising is being blurred:
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
BuzzFeed, NPR, WaPo, Guardian, and others support Twitter's challenge to Patriot Act gag orders  —  Tech and media firms join Twitter in key test of FBI gag orders  —  A bitter fight between the Justice Department and Silicon Valley is expanding as a diverse group of companies have lined …
Discussion: The Hill
How Google determined our right to be forgotten  —  Google has acted as judge, jury and executioner in the wake of Europe's right to be forgotten ruling.  But what does society lose when a private corporation rules public information?  —  Mario Costeja González spent five years fighting …
Alyssa Bereznak / Yahoo News:
With Vines, tweets and listicles, IS spreads its hateful message.  Can the West find a way to fight back?  —  Yahoo News 6 hrs ago  —  When Robin Williams died last August, people around the world rushed online to mourn the loss of the actor.  “Oh dear God.  The wonderful Robin Williams has gone,” Bette Midler tweeted.
Discussion: TVNewser, @alexmleo, RT and PandoDaily
Adam Schreck / Associated Press:
Iranian court blocking lawyer from meeting with jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian  —  Brother: Lawyer seeking to represent jailed Post reporter  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A lawyer chosen to represent a Washington Post correspondent detained in Iran has been unable …
New York Post:
Former Fortune editor Andy Serwer to head Yahoo! Finance  —  Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has been hiring big names in journalism to beef up its Web properties.  —  Former Fortune Editor Andy Serwer said he is returning to his “digital roots” as the new head of Yahoo! Finance.
Matthew Lasar / The Nation:
Once a beacon of progressive radio, Pacifica is now beset by financial woes and infighting  —  Is Pacifica Radio Worth Saving?  —  Once a beacon of progressive programming, the network is now beset by financial woes and infighting.  —  This article appeared in the March 2-9, 2015 edition of The Nation.
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Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Vessel Strikes Deal With Universal Music for Exclusive Access to Some Music Videos
Discussion: PR Newswire, Re/code and VideoInk
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times en español: An experiment is putting Times stories in front of Spanish-speaking readers
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Tumblr users say service is tightening enforcement of rules against music copyright infringement
Discussion: hypebot and Plagiarism Today
Associated Press:
US envoy: Mexican government must ensure journalists' safety
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Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
BuzzFeed Motion Pictures has produced 5K short videos that get 950M YouTube views a month
Discussion: @mairepwalsh, @mairepwalsh and Medium
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Net neutrality advocates identify holes in FCC's net neutrality plan
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
New York Times is considering free access to NYT Now news digest app, says CEO Mark Thompson
Marco Arment /
Blog traffic is suffering because of increased time spent in apps on bite-sized social content
Tom Huddleston Jr. / Fortune:
Berkshire Hathaway bought 4.7M shares of Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in Q4 2014 and increased stakes in DirecTV and Liberty Global
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and CNNMoney
Knight Foundation:
Media accelerator Matter brings in the Associated Press, McClatchy, Belo, and Community Newspaper Holdings as partners, will expand seed investing