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1:40 AM ET, February 28, 2017


 Top News: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The White House appears to have leaked a story about a Politico reporter to the Washington Examiner, in retaliation for a story by the same reporter on WH leaks  —  Never let it be said that President Trump and his underlings don't work hard, especially when it comes to initiatives aimed …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Sources: Sean Spicer had the CIA's director and a GOP official call reporters to discredit an NYT story on links between Trump's campaign aides and Russia  —  Exclusive: Spicer arranged CIA, GOP intelligence push-back  —  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer personally picked up the phone …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Mozilla buys Pocket, its first acquisition, and says the read-it-later service will continue operating as an independent subsidiary  —  From browser extension to acquisition  —  Mozilla has acquired Pocket, a kind of DVR for the internet, for an undisclosed sum.
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube viewers worldwide watch more than 1B hours of video a day, a 10-fold increase since 2012, threatening to eclipse US TV viewership  —  Google unit posts 10-fold increase in viewership since 2012, boosted by algorithms personalizing user lineups  —  YouTube viewers world-wide …
David Lieberman / Deadline:
Time Warner shares rise to 52-week high as FCC Chairman Pai says he probably won't review AT&T deal, meaning it would only require approval of Justice Dept.  —  Time Warner shares jumped late this morning after FCC chairman Ajit Pai said that his agency probably won't review its $85 billion deal to sell itself to AT&T.
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
Amazon Studios wins its first-ever Oscars with best foreign language film for “The Salesman” and best original screenplay for “Manchester by the Sea”  —  Amazon Studios won its first-ever Academy Awards on Sunday night, taking home three Oscar statues …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Former President George W. Bush says media is indispensable to democracy, in what is seen as a direct rebuttal of Trump's war on the press  —  Former President George W. Bush said Monday that the media is “indispensable to democracy,” a break from the position of his fellow Republican …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which broke Panama Papers story, splits off from Center for Public Integrity, citing financial reasons  —  Shortly after breaking the Panama Papers, an international exclusive that shed light on illegal offshore banking around the globe …
Discussion: @journalism, @bgpublic and @benmullin
Trump's advisers and career civil servants spawn encryption boom in Washington DC, as they try to conceal communications with employees and press  —  Both career employees and White House aides have taken steps to conceal their communications with colleagues or the news media.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast to launch YouTube app on its Xfinity X1 set-top platform later this year; terms of the deal with Google are not being released  —  Cable operator inks distribution deal with Google-owned video platform  —  Comcast plans to launch a YouTube video app on the Xfinity X1 set-top platform …
Donald Trump will meet with regional press affiliates, including reporters from E.W. Scripps Company, in an off-the-record dinner on Monday night  —  CNN , Scripps National Desk  —  President Donald Trump is holding court with “regional press affiliates” in a private dinner on Monday, the White House said.
Discussion: CNN, @brianstelter and @cnnmoney
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James Vincent / The Verge:
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Discussion: Engadget and @verge
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