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2:10 AM ET, February 13, 2017


 Top News: 
Tina Nguyen / Vanity Fair:
Profile of Sean Spicer, who was known among the DC press corps as an amicable if sharp-tongued PR pro before he became White House press secretary  —  Once a well-liked figure among the D.C. press, Sean Spicer's new role as Trump's attack dog has people scratching their heads.
Eric Peckham:
Lessons from Rupert Murdoch's approach to business, which grew News Corp into an empire that shapes policy and popular opinion  —  How to do business the News Corp way.  —  Given my focus on venture investing, media, and politics, it is perhaps no surprise that I find Rupert Murdoch …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal is closing the loophole that let readers get articles for free through Google  —  The Wall Street Journal continues to tighten up its paywall as it strives to hit 3 million subscribers to the Journal and other Dow Jones products.
Gabriel Snyder / Wired:
Inside NYT's digital transformation: luring subscribers via Beta Group's vertical apps, a Facebook chatbot, live video, VR, and more on top of strong journalism  —  Arthur Gregg Sulzberger doesn't remember the first time he visited the family business.  He was young, he says, no older than 6 …
Duncan Campbell / The Register:
Proposed changes to draft UK Espionage Act, replacing Official Secrets Act, could mean jail time of up to 14 years for journalists who handled leaked gov't docs  —  Hasty and botched consultation revealed by El Reg  —  Exclusive Proposals for a swingeing new Espionage Act that could jail journalists …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Prince's Warner Music catalog returning Sunday to subscription-streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Napster, and iHeartRadio  —  Songs of late music legend Prince will again be available on multiple streaming-music services on Sunday, in releases timed for the 59th Grammy Awards.
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic:
How Megyn Kelly softened her stridently conservative views to land a job at NBC, where she won't be allowed to stir up outrage as she did on Fox  —  fox news was founded in 1996, when the entertainment impresario and conservative political consultant Roger Ailes acted on a pair of insights …
Shelley Hepworth / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at The New York Times' push into Australia, a media market recently entered by foreign news orgs including BuzzFeed, The Guardian, and The Daily Mail  —  Kings Canyon, Australia (Ueli Fahrni / Wikipedia)  —  After posting a link to the news last month that he will be heading …
Discussion: New York Times
Allister Heath / Telegraph:
Tim Cook says fake news is “killing people's minds”, calls for a PSA campaign, school education, and new tools from tech companies to battle it  —  Tim Cook, the boss of Apple, is calling for governments to launch a public information campaign to fight the scourge of fake news, which is “killing people's minds”.
Discussion: Recode, The Hill, CNNMoney, CNET and Quartz
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Quora to clamp down on anonymity starting March 20, will review all anonymous content before it's published, restrict actions like upvoting, comments, more  —  Quora, a crowdsourced Q&A site that's generally smarter than Yahoo Answers, is making a big change to how anonymity works on its service.
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Jean Friedman-Rudovsky / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at parachute journalism, and how placing journalists across the US may combat distrust of media
Discussion: @marcusgilmer
 Earlier Picks: 
Sami Main / Adweek:
How The New York Times is growing T Brand Studio, its branded content arm with over 100 employees, investing in new tech like AR and VR, more
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Profile of Keith Olbermann, whose new GQ political web series, The Resistance, has been getting more than 2M views per episode
Discussion: @bterris, Mediaite and
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Google has warned several prominent journalists, including Jonathan Chait and Julia Ioffe, that state-sponsored hackers are trying to break into their inboxes
Facebook commits to an audit of its ad metrics by the Media Rating Council, the industry's measurement watchdog, following data controversy
Justina Crabtree / CNBC:
A look at the encryption platforms helping facilitate leaks from Trump's White House, including SecureDrop and Signal, which are growing in popularity