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8:55 AM ET, February 18, 2015


 Top News: 
Peter Oborne / openDemocracy:
Daily Telegraph chief political commentator Peter Oborne resigns, says paper removed or spiked stories about advertiser HSBC  —  Why I have resigned from the Telegraph  —  Five years ago I was invited to become the chief political commentator of the Telegraph.  It was a job I was very proud to accept.
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:
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
New York Times is considering free access to NYT Now news digest app, says CEO Mark Thompson  —  NY Times Is Considering Giving Away News Digest App for Free, CEO Says  —  “The battle will be won on the smartphone.”  —  That was New York Times CEO Mark Thompson at the Code/Media conference …
Bertel King, Jr / Android Police:
Hulu introduces Watchlist, an automated queue that predicts what users are likely to watch  —  Hulu Introduces Watchlist, Its New And Smarter Way To Keep Up With The Shows You're Currently Watching  —  Today Hulu has unveiled Watchlist, the company's latest way to help you keep up with the shows you want to watch later.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Tumblr users say service is tightening enforcement of rules against music copyright infringement  —  Tumblr Panics as Site Gets Tough on Music Piracy  —  Founded February 2007, Tumblr now processes huge amounts of traffic.  According to latest figures from the site it currently hosts …
Discussion: hypebot and Plagiarism Today
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Jeff Zucker Strikes Back: CNN Chief Takes on Critics of Original Series, News Facelift  —  Outside of CNN President Jeff Zucker's office, the newsroom is humming with activity.  Host Brooke Baldwin is live, a digital meeting is underway and a new sense of confidence permeates the air.
Associated Press:
US envoy: Mexican government must ensure journalists' safety  —  MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Mexico has condemned attacks on journalists in the country and says it is the government's responsibility to ensure they are protected.  —  U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne …
Knight Foundation:
Media accelerator Matter brings in the Associated Press, McClatchy, Belo, and Community Newspaper Holdings as partners, will expand seed investing  —  Media startup accelerator Matter brings on four major media partners  —  The Associated Press, A.H. Belo Corporation …
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
BuzzFeed Motion Pictures has produced 5K short videos that get 950M YouTube views a month  —  BuzzFeed Video's Ze Frank and Screenwriter John August Talk About Different ‘Gardens’ of Content  —  One of the Web's early video pioneers and the screenwriter known for “Big Fish” and …
Discussion: @mairepwalsh, Medium and @mairepwalsh
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Net neutrality advocates identify holes in FCC's net neutrality plan
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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
Daniel Miller / Los Angeles Times:
FilmTrack software allows movie studios to keep track of their intellectual property rights
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New York Times:
Photographers debate digital standards after World Press Photo competition disqualifies 20% of images because of over-processing
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Second Screen TV Apps Startup Applicaster Pulls In $10.5M Series B Funding
Discussion: Applicaster and LostRemote
Mac Hackett / VICE:
UK music magazine NME allegedly going free, with the last paid issue coming out next week
Discussion: @tpoeblog and @seaninsound
Brian Lowry / Variety:
Upcoming Modern Family episode was shot entirely on iPhones, iPads and MacBook Pros
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Jose Antonio Vargas partners with LA Times to create new vertical, #EmergingUS, on race, immigration and multiculturalism