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12:35 AM ET, February 20, 2015


 Top News: 
Mother Jones:
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's tales about his own combat reporting fail to withstand scrutiny  —  Bill O'Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem  —  The Fox News host has said he was in a “war zone” that apparently no American correspondent reached.  —  After NBC News suspended anchor …
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
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
David Carr taught me how to create narrative argument, so my George Polk Award belongs to him  —  King David  —  David Carr, incomparable, irrepressible, and now legendary, is my friend and my brother.  I talked to him about everything—relationships, money problems, taxes, religion, drugs, alcohol, travel, writing, food, death.
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:
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times nominates two with web expertise to board: CEO of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi, and Facebook's head of brand marketing, Rebecca Van Dyck  —  The Times Company Announces Board Nominees With Web Credentials  —  The New York Times Company announced two new nominees for its board …
Discussion: @raju
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 …
Discussion: Re/code
Marco della Cava / USA Today:
YouTube Kids for Android set to launch Feb. 23, features parental controls and a simplified UI  —  YouTube unveils new app for kids  —  SAN FRANCISCO - YouTube is repository of clips that range from exceedingly educational to suggestively explicit.  So to make sure younger fans …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Reporters at the New York Times don't usually editorialize on Twitter, but James Risen has obligation to speak strongly because of his personal experiences  —  Why a Reporter's ‘Epic Rant’ on Twitter Gets No Argument Here  —  On Twitter this week, James Risen laid out his plan for the future:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
DirecTV Finally Launches WatchESPN, Other Disney and ABC Internet-Video Services  —  DirecTV subs can at long last access WatchESPN — the sports programmer's Internet streaming-video service, launched more than four years ago — along with other Disney and ABC digital-video services.
Discussion: Multichannel News
Mark Seibel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
#FreeAustinTice campaign kicks off for reporter missing in Syria  —  WASHINGTON — Major U.S. media organizations launched a campaign Thursday to publicize the plight of missing McClatchy contributor Austin Tice, who disappeared in Syria in August 2012.  —  Tice is thought to be still alive …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
U.K. on Track to Become First Country Where Half of Ad Spending Goes to Digital  —  Half of all U.K. advertising spending in 2015, or nearly $12.27 billion (£8.0 billion), will go to digital media, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.  That would make the country …
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: Digiday, @sarahllester and @reckless
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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. Leads $24 Million Investment in Machinima
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Agence France-Presse:
Australia's Greste urges help for other jailed reporters
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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
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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
Discussion: @ajs, Thanks:@robaeprice
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Secret Media Makes Ad Blockers Useless To Display Those Sweet, Sweet Pre-Roll Video Ads
Discussion: Digiday
Tim Baysinger / Broadcasting & Cable:
Exclusive: ABC News Launches on Xbox One
Discussion: ABC News, LostRemote, ABC News and The Wrap
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Politico's Rachel Van Dongen leaves for The Washington Post
Discussion: Washington Post and @poynter
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
Discussion: @mustafa_qadri