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10:40 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.
Australian Associated Press:
Fairfax profits fall 86% due to restructuring; firm plans to buy back about 5% of shares  —  Fairfax first-half profits slide 86% as restructuring plan takes its toll  —  Chief executive Greg Hywood says the media group's transition strategy is progressing as planned, despite huge hit to its bottom line
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Pandora to Let Music Artists Like Lenny Kravitz Send Audio Messages to Fans  —  Even Pandora wants in on the messaging boom.  —  The music streaming service is launching a pilot test this week that will allow music artists to send personalized audio messages to its listeners …
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.
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
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 …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
Media accelerator Matter tries to connect an entrepreneurial ethos to traditional media companies  —  Matter, the public-media startup accelerator in San Francisco that began as a collaboration between PRX, the Knight Foundation, and KQED, is ramping up for a busy 2015.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Entertainment firm Whalerock creates online and app-based channels for celebrities to supplement traditional media with paid and free programming  —  Coming Soon: Celebrity Web Networks From the Media Company Whalerock  —  SANTA MONICA, Calif. — An under-the-radar media company …
Discussion: Variety
Ina Fried / Re/code:
YouTube Content Chief Says Growth Accelerating Despite Increased Competition From Facebook (Video)  —  The head of YouTube content says that Google's Web video service has seen its growth accelerate despite the rise of competition from Facebook and others.  —  Speaking Wednesday …
Discussion: Marketing Land and @emersongreg
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Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Vessel Strikes Deal With Universal Music for Exclusive Access to Some Music Videos
Discussion: VideoInk, Re/code and PR Newswire
Adam Schreck / Associated Press:
Iranian court blocking lawyer from meeting with jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian
Matthew Lasar / The Nation:
Once a beacon of progressive radio, Pacifica is now beset by financial woes and infighting
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times en español: An experiment is putting Times stories in front of Spanish-speaking readers
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
BuzzFeed, NPR, WaPo, Guardian, and others support Twitter's challenge to Patriot Act gag orders
Discussion: The Hill
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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
Hadas Gold / Politico:
On Twitter, New York Times reporter James Risen slams Attorney General Eric Holder as nation's “top censorship officer” after speech at National Press Club
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
BuzzFeed Motion Pictures has produced 5K short videos that get 950M YouTube views a month
Discussion: @mairepwalsh, @mairepwalsh and Medium