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5:30 PM ET, February 18, 2015


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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.
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:
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.
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
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Vessel Strikes Deal With Universal Music for Exclusive Access to Some Music Videos  —  Video startup Vessel has reached an agreement with Universal Music Group for exclusive early access to some of the music label's videos.  —  It's not clear which artist videos will be offered through Vessel's paid tier …
Discussion: PR Newswire, Re/code and VideoInk
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 …
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.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times en español: An experiment is putting Times stories in front of Spanish-speaking readers  —  No matter what language you read, it's clear A.O. Scott had some problems with Fifty Shades of Grey.  ("Mr. Dornan has the bland affect of a model, by which I mean a figure made of balsa wood or Lego.")
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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
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
BuzzFeed Motion Pictures has produced 5K short videos that get 950M YouTube views a month
Discussion: @mairepwalsh, @mairepwalsh and Medium
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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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