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1:50 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  —  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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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: The Wrap, ABC News and ABC News
Agence France-Presse:
Celebrations in Burundi after radio journalist Bob Rugurika is released from jail ahead of elections  —  Thousands rally after Burundi journalist released  —  2 hrs ago  —  Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Thousands marched through Burundi's capital Thursday in one of the largest demonstrations …
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 …
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 …
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
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Jon Boone / Guardian:
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Australian Associated Press:
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Peter Maass / The Intercept:
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