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10:55 PM ET, February 17, 2016


 Top News: 
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Yahoo Tech EIC Dan Tynan is out as the company says it will phase out digital magazines for food, health, parenting, makers, travel, autos, and real estate  —  The ax falls at Yahoo  —  Yahoo is shutting down about half of its content verticals, POLITICO Media has learned.
Barry Petchesky / Deadspin:
SBNation blames breakdown in editorial process for its briefly available profile of ex-police officer and convicted rapist Daniel Holtzclaw  —  SB Nation Publishes, Deletes “Complete Failure” Of A Story About Convicted Rapist Cop Daniel Holtzclaw  —  This afternoon, SB Nation's Longform …
Hollywood Reporter:
ABC Chief Paul Lee Forced Out, Channing Dungey Named Entertaiment President  —  EMAIL ME  —  The news comes a year or so after Ben Sherwood replaced Anne Sweeney as President of Disney/ABC TV Group.  —  ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee is out, and his drama chief Channing Dungey will assume his role.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Facebook announces that all publishers and bloggers worldwide can adopt Instant Articles beginning April 12  —  Facebook is opening up Instant Articles to newsrooms everywhere.  Will a flood of distributed content follow?  —  In a long-awaited move, Facebook announced this afternoon …
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
NBCUniversal's Fandango buys Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster; Warner Bros. will take minority stake in Fandango  —  Fandango Acquires Rotten Tomatoes & Flixster From Warner Bros Entertainment  —  BREAKING: Fandango is set to acquire Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, which includes …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Vox Hires Choire Sicha to Oversee Partnerships With Facebook, Snapchat  —  Awl Network co-founder will be director of partner platforms  —  Vox Media has long counted its own content platform as a key to its success.  But now it says the future lies in platforms run by others …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Bill Simmons' new site The Ringer to start as an email newsletter launching in mid-March, website to launch in late spring or early summer  —  Bill Simmons unveils new site's name: The Ringer  —  Bill Simmons' new Grantland will be called The Ringer, and it will be populated by many ex-Grantland staffers.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Bruce Dold is named editor of the Chicago Tribune  —  The Chicago Tribune changed editors today as Gerould Kern retired after nearly eight years.  He will be succeeded by Bruce Dold, the longtime editor of the Tribune's editorial and opinion pages.  —  Kern, 66, said in a phone interview, “I've worked nearly 45 years without a break.
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Sources: Trinity Mirror to launch new weekday tabloid New Day on February 29, priced at 25p  —  Trinity Mirror To Unveil ‘New Day’ Tabloid  —  Trinity Mirror to unveil ‘New Day’ tabloid on 29 February  —  The publisher of The Daily Mirror will this month unveil a weekday newspaper called …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ComScore Expects To Launch Cross-Platform Video Measures In Time For TV Upfront  —  ComScore vowed to roll out new systems to count video viewers across TVs, tablets, desktop computers and more - all in time for the media industry's critical “upfront” season, when TV networks try to sell the bulk of their ad time to Madison Avenue.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
With a quarter of its readers coming from abroad, Stat launches a daily Zika email update  —  At the end of 2015, Stat's global health reporter (and former Nieman Fellow) Helen Branswell named Zika as a global health story to watch.  At the time, the mosquito-borne virus wasn't yet grabbing headlines in the United States.
Discussion: @sarahmarshall and STAT
New York Times:
How Hwaida Saad, a journalist in The New York Times's Beirut bureau, grew online connections to people on all sides of Syria's civil war  —  How a Reporter's Quest for Online Bargains Led to a Network of Syrian Contacts  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — As the Syrian war erupted in 2011, Hwaida Saad …
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Press Gazette:
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Owen Williams / The Next Web:
The original Popcorn Time is back from the dead — but nobody knows who's running it
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Tim Baysinger / Adweek:
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Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Japanese TV anchors lose their jobs amid claims of political pressure
Discussion: @kishakishi
Om Malik:
Increasing frequency and decreasing quality of Instagram ads ruin user experience, falling far short of co-founder Kevin Systrom's promises
Discussion: Digiday