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8:12 AM ET, February 21, 2017


 Top News: 
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos disinvited from CPAC over pedophilia remarks  —  Far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos will not be allowed to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference.  —  The decision comes while Yiannopoulos is roiled in controversy over a video, in which he is appears to defend pedofilia.
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Simon & Schuster canceling publication of Milo Yiannopoulos's book Dangerous “after careful consideration”  —  According to a report by Publishers Weekly, Simon & Schuster is canceling publication of Milo Yiannopoulos's book “Dangerous.”
Fox Business:
Sources: Breitbart could dismiss Milo Yiannopoulos, with executives weighing up how his comments could damage the site's ad revenue
Swedish cops say they were misrepresented in a film featured on Fox News, which led to Trump's Sweden remarks, and described the filmmaker as “a madman”  —  Trump's comments about Sweden during his rally in Melbourne, Florida, spawned headlines in newspapers all around the world.
The Buttry Diary:
Journalist Steve Buttry dies of pancreatic cancer at age 62  —  Steve Buttry, a journalist for more than 45 years, died February 19 at age 62 of pancreatic cancer, his third major cancer.  —  A memorial service will be held in coming weeks in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Silence from WH press office leaves journalists wondering if non-responses reflect mere indifference or strategy to discredit reporting flaws after publication  —  An eye-opening sentence has appeared in several important news stories about the Trump administration in recent days …
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
New Texas Monthly editor-in-chief, Tim Taliaferro, plans to scale back on politics and longform and focus instead on lifestyle coverage which “sells” better  —  The skyline of Austin, Texas, where Texas Monthly is headquartered.  —  The new editor in chief of Texas Monthly plans …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Journalists have flimsy legal protections if Trump's Department of Justice uses Espionage Act and orders them to reveal sources, a practice Obama's DoJ started  —  For those who care about press rights in America, President Trump's words last week were stunning and disturbing.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook-owned WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone  —  WhatsApp could put the brakes on Snapchat's international growth with today's launch of WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours.
Verizon and Yahoo reduce price of acquisition deal by $350M, now valued at about $4.48B, and will evenly split cost of data breaches  —  Media contact(s) T. 908-559-6388 … NEW YORK, NY and SUNNYVALE, CA - Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. …
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon and Yahoo agree to cut as much as $350M off $4.83B deal and evenly split costs from data breaches
Discussion: Business Insider
Kelly Fiveash / Ars Technica UK:
Google and Microsoft's Bing agree to demote piracy search results in the UK by 1 June 2017, as part of a deal with the entertainment industry  —  Deal struck after lengthy spat between search engines and entertainment industry.  —  Google and Microsoft's Bing have agreed to crack …
Eleanor Ainge Roy / The Guardian:
Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US on copyright and mail fraud charges, New Zealand high court rules; Dotcom's lawyer says he plans to appeal  —  Dotcom faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted in the US of piracy, which authorities say cost copyright owners hundreds of millions of dollars
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
As President Trump pushes ahead on his effort to delegitimize US journalism, he is lending credence to theories and phrases advanced by fast-growing Infowars  —  Way back on Friday, President Trump declared that several news organizations — ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, The New York Times — were “the enemy of the American people.”
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Rick Carew / Wall Street Journal:
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Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
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Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Pandora expected to launch its $10/month music service next month; Tim Westergren says country music listeners will likely become paying subscribers
Max Willens / Digiday:
Fusion Media moves into podcasting with conversational shows and an eight-part series called “Containers” hosted by Alexis Madrigal from a seaport in Oakland
 Earlier Picks: 
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
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Jane Lee / The Age:
Australia's Yahoo7 fined $300K after one of its reporters published an article that led to an aborted murder trial
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
A look at Local Matters, a weekly newsletter highlighting local watchdog journalism around the country that is put out by three Naples Daily News reporters
Jared Keller / Pacific Standard:
To encourage media literacy and fact-checking, Wikimedia spinoff Wiki Edu invites students to write Wikipedia pages instead of traditional research papers
Discussion: @jaredbkeller, Thanks:@jaredbkeller
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
How the rise of athlete activism, the election of Donald Trump, and other factors turned sportswriting into a liberal profession
Discussion: The Week