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10:20 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 …
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.
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 …
James Doleman / The Drum:
Jury banned from watching BBC Royal family doc during trial of Sun journalists  —  An Old Bailey jury was told today that watching a BBC documentary about the Royal family and the media could lead to them being sent to prison.  —  Mr Justice Saunders, who is presiding over the trial …
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 …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Independent expands its digital presence to the States  —  Newspaper creates ‘web office’ in New York as online traffic increases  —  The Independent has opened a “web office” in the United States.  Andrew Buncombe, the paper's former Washington correspondent, has become US digital editor.
Chris Cook / BBC:
More Telegraph writers voice concern  —  Daily Telegraph journalists have said they felt discouraged from writing uncomfortable stories about a range of advertisers and commercial partners.  —  These included the governments of Russia and China, a film distributor and RBS, BBC Newsnight has learned.
Discussion: Guardian, Press Gazette and BuzzFeed
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
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Discussion: @derechosdigital
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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