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6:05 PM ET, February 19, 2015


 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Dean Baquet: NYT will retire 'system of pitching stories for the print Page 1′  —  This memo just went out to staffers from New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet:
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
Telegraph defends coverage of HSBC, will write guidelines for how editorial and commercial staffs cooperate  —  The Telegraph's promise to our readers  —  Telegraph View: We are proud to combine journalistic excellence with commercial success and we will continue to do so
Simon Bowers / Guardian:
Telegraph owners' £250m HSBC loan raises fresh questions over coverage  —  Barclay brothers secured loan for loss-making company shortly before Telegraph reporters were allegedly discouraged from running articles critical of HSBC  —  The owners of the Daily Telegraph secured …
Martin Beck / Marketing Land:
YouTube sees 50% annual growth in views for the last three years, despite Facebook's focus on video  —  YouTube Says Growth Is Still Strong Despite Push From Facebook  —  YouTube's head of content says the video giant has seen 50% annual growth in views for the last three years …
Agence France-Presse:
Australia's Greste urges help for other jailed reporters  —  Journalists still detained in Egypt should not be forgotten, freed Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste said in an address in London on Thursday.  Greste was deported from Egypt this month after over 400 days in jail …
Discussion: TVNewser and Mashable
Tim Baysinger / Broadcasting & Cable:
Exclusive: ABC News Launches on Xbox One  —  First U.S. news app on the gaming platform  —  ABC News has launched on the Xbox One, becoming the first U.S. news app to take residence on the gaming console.  —  The launch is tied to ABC's coverage of the 87th Academy Awards that will air live on Sunday night.
Discussion: LostRemote, ABC News, ABC News and The Wrap
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Ashton Kutcher's A+ is now one of 50 biggest US sites, with editorial staff of 10, Bacardi and Lenovo as sponsors, and a plan to add celebrity-controlled pages  —  Inside Ashton Kutcher's celebrity-powered viral media empire, which no one knows exists  —  Ashton Kutcher owns …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Politico's Rachel Van Dongen leaves for The Washington Post  —  Politico deputy managing editor Rachel Van Dongen is leaving for The Washington Post, where she'll “lead a new initiative for the National desk,” The Washington Post announced Thursday.  —  Van Dongen left the Post to join Politico …
Discussion: Washington Post and @poynter
Jennifer Weil / WWD:
Axel Springer-owned French firm Aufeminin buys Livingly, US publisher of Zimbio, StyleBistro, and Lonny, for $25M with earnout up to $50M  — to Buy Livingly Media  —  DIGITAL DUO: European Web site, owned by Axel Springer AG, said it has agreed to buy Livingly Media Inc. …
Discussion: Folio, PRWeb and Rude Baguette
Liam Corcoran / The Whip:
Five news sites that are seeing growth in Facebook engagement: NPR, Time, NatGeo, The Verge, and Manchester Evening News  —  News Sites Are Seeing Growth In Facebook Engagements Too  —  We look at the performance of five sites that don't feature in our monthly rankings …
Discussion: @reckless and @sarahllester
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Secret Media Makes Ad Blockers Useless To Display Those Sweet, Sweet Pre-Roll Video Ads  —  Chances are that you installed an ad blocking software to skip YouTube's pre-roll video ads.  But now, many media companies suffer from these ad blockers and have no choice but to switch to a freemium model …
Discussion: Digiday
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed buys mobile “visual conversation” startup GoPop, previously called Zeega and part of media accelerator Matter's first class  —  BuzzFeed Expands Mobile Team By Acquiring “Visual Conversation” Startup GoPop  —  BuzzFeed just announced that it's acquiring San Francisco startup GoPop.
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James Doleman / The Drum:
Jury banned from watching BBC Royal family doc during trial of Sun journalists
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Independent expands its digital presence to the States
Jon Boone / Guardian:
Dissenting voices silenced in Pakistan's war of the web
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Australian Associated Press:
Fairfax profits fall 86% due to restructuring; firm plans to buy back about 5% of shares
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
Media accelerator Matter tries to connect an entrepreneurial ethos to traditional media companies