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9:20 AM ET, February 19, 2015


 Top News: 
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Pandora testing a message service that lets artists send audio messages to fans  —  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 …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The new New York Times Magazine launches Sunday with 220 pages, up 33 pages over previous year; eBay bought all digital ad inventory  —  The new New York Times Magazine  —  At the end of 2013, six months before her executive editorship of The New York Times came to a screeching halt …
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
YouTube prohibits sponsored overlays to keep creators from cutting Google out of ad revenues  —  YouTube makes a move against brand-sponsored videos  —  YouTube is putting down the clamps on video creators who work directly with brands, nudging them instead to rely on Google's sales team for deals.
Murtaza Hussain / The Intercept:
Out on Bail, Al Jazeera Journalist Mohammed Fahmy Speaks from Cairo  —  In December 2013, Al Jazeera English Bureau Chief Mohammed Fahmy was arrested in Cairo, alongside colleagues Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, on charges of supporting the banned Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
Discussion: Telegraph, @the_intercept and @rdevro
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
DirecTV Q4 misses estimates with $778M earnings, 149K new subscribers  —  DirecTV Reports Lower Fourth-Quarter Profit, Improved U.S. Subscriber Growth  —  DirecTV on Thursday reported lower fourth-quarter earnings, but exceeded Wall Street expectations, and said it added more U.S. subscribers …
Jon Boone / Guardian:
Dissenting voices silenced in Pakistan's war of the web  —  YouTube is banned and tweets are censored, while pornography thrives and foreign Islamist militants have their say  —  Pakistan already goes further than most in digitally shielding its citizens from the outside world.
Discussion: @mustafa_qadri
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
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 …
Peter Maass / The Intercept:
How the Espionage Act landed mid-level official Stephen Kim in jail for talking with reporter James Rosen about a classified document  —  Stephen Kim Spoke to a Reporter.  Now He's in Jail.  This Is His Story.  —  ON THE MORNING of June 11, 2009, James Rosen stepped inside the State Department …
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.
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Alyssa Bereznak / Yahoo News:
With Vines, tweets and listicles, IS spreads its hateful message.  Can the West find a way to fight back?
Discussion: TVNewser, @alexmleo and RT
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Vessel Strikes Deal With Universal Music for Exclusive Access to Some Music Videos
Discussion: Re/code, PR Newswire and VideoInk
Matthew Lasar / The Nation:
Once a beacon of progressive radio, Pacifica is now beset by financial woes and infighting
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times en español: An experiment is putting Times stories in front of Spanish-speaking readers
Discussion: @maria_hinojosa
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
BuzzFeed, NPR, WaPo, Guardian, and others support Twitter's challenge to Patriot Act gag orders
Discussion: The Hill
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CNN/ORC poll: 52% say Brian Williams should be allowed back on