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12:40 PM ET, February 9, 2017

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Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Twitter reports Q4 revenue of $717M, missing estimates, but beats on earnings as MAUs grew 2M from Q3 2016, reaching 319M  —  Twitter missed analysts' expectations for its fourth-quarter revenue — reporting $717 million versus estimates of $740 million — as advertising spend lagged behind …
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Sources: at least two candidates have turned down WH communications director job, a position that has remained vacant since Jason Miller resigned in December  —  At least two candidates have turned down the job of White House communications director.  —  Controlling the message coming …
Jane Martinson / The Guardian:
Sources: Rupert Murdoch was in the room for Trump's Times of London interview with Michael Gove, a sign of his close ties with the president and his family  —  It is unclear whether Media mogul sat through interview or just introduced new president to former minister and Times columnist
Jasper Jackson / The Guardian:
In an unusual move, Wikipedia editors vote to ban The Daily Mail as a source after finding it “generally unreliable”  —  Online encyclopaedia editors rule out publisher as a reference citing ‘reputation poor fact checking and sensationalism’  —  Wikipedia editors have voted …
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Bob Costas ends his 24-year run as NBC's prime-time Olympics host, reducing his overall workload at the network as he takes on a role similar to Tom Brokaw's  —  When NBC televises next year's Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea, a familiar face will be gone from the prime-time anchor seat …
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
Facebook hires MTV executive Mina Lefevre as head of development, overseeing scripted and unscripted content  —  Mina Lefevre had been the head of scripted for MTV  —  Facebook has been working to make video a central part of how its users experience the site, first with Facebook Live …
Discussion: Business Insider and Mina Lefevre
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Condé Nast buys social data and marketing platform CitizenNet to broaden its audience-targeting capabilities beyond its own properties to social platforms  —  The deal will help expand Condé Nast's audience-targeting capabilities across social platforms.  —  Condé Nast's New York office.
Discussion: Condé Nast
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting:
WV Gov. Jim Justice proposes elimination of all state funding for WV Public Broadcasting in new budget, which would translate into staff layoffs of up to 75%  —  In his proposed budget, Governor Justice proposes the elimination of all state funding for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
Discussion: wvpublic.org and @farrahfazal
Trey Williams / MarketWatch:
Gannett beats Q4 expectations with revenue at $867M, up from $739M a year earlier, but print advertising revenue is still declining  —  Gannett Co. Inc. GCI, +8.51% shares rose nearly 9% in premarket trade on Thursday after the USA Today owner reported fourth-quarter earnings that were better than Wall Street had forecast.
 
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
UK mag Private Eye hit highest circulation in 55-year history in second half of 2016, up 9% YoY; its Christmas issue also had biggest sales ever at 287K copies
Patrick O'Neill / Cyberscoop:
Hackers are trying to sell a database with 83K accounts allegedly from UPI, including names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
WSJ editor Gerard Baker to host town hall on Feb. 13 where he will address concerns about Trump coverage, amidst growing disquiet and anger in the newsroom
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
WH Press Sec Sean Spicer made repeated, vague references to an Islamist terrorist attack in Atlanta that didn't happen, echoing Conway's Bowling Green statement