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4:10 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 …
Discussion: The Next Web
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 …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
NYT Magazine redesigns Ethicist as podcast featuring Politico's Jack Shafer, novelist Amy Bloom, and law prof Kenji Yoshino, print column as edited transcript
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.
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.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Rick Green will be publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer  —  Rick Green, president and publisher of The Des Moines Register, will become president and publisher of the The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gannett announced Wednesday.  —  Green will also become regional president of Gannett U.S. Community Publishing, according to the press release.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Sony defines its core businesses: Sony Pictures Entertainment, PlayStation, and image sensors  —  Sony is no longer an electronics company  —  Hollywood, PlayStation, and iPhone cameras  —  Sony announced last night that it's spinning off its audio and video divisions, much like it spun off its television division last year.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Billboard
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 …
Discussion: @emersongreg and Marketing Land
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
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: @the_intercept
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CNN/ORC poll: 52% say Brian Williams should be allowed back on  —  A new CNN/ORC poll shows a sharp divide in the country's reactions to Brian Williams' six-month suspension from “NBC Nightly News.”  —  A slim majority, 52% of respondents, said NBC News should allow Williams to return to his anchor chair.
Alyssa Bereznak / Yahoo News:
With Vines, tweets and listicles, IS spreads its hateful message.  Can the West find a way to fight back?  —  Yahoo News 6 hrs ago  —  When Robin Williams died last August, people around the world rushed online to mourn the loss of the actor.  “Oh dear God.  The wonderful Robin Williams has gone,” Bette Midler tweeted.
Discussion: TVNewser, @alexmleo and RT
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Entertainment firm Whalerock creates online and app-based channels for celebrities to supplement traditional media with paid and free programming
Discussion: Variety
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Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Vessel Strikes Deal With Universal Music for Exclusive Access to Some Music Videos
Discussion: PR Newswire, Re/code 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:
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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
BuzzFeed, NPR, WaPo, Guardian, and others support Twitter's challenge to Patriot Act gag orders
Discussion: The Hill
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Tumblr users say service is tightening enforcement of rules against music copyright infringement
Discussion: hypebot and Plagiarism Today