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8:45 AM ET, February 9, 2018


 Top News: 
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Megan Farokhmanesh / The Verge:
Twitch tightens community guidelines for hateful behavior, harassment, and sexually suggestive conduct, effective Feb. 19  —  New rules go into effect this month  —  Twitch is enacting stricter policies in the interest of curbing harassment and sexually suggestive behavior.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Digital Content Next study: Google and Facebook account for less than 5% of publishers' digital revenue and about 30% of their total distributed content revenue  —  Google and Facebook are the biggest tech companies in terms of advertising and biggest traffic sources for publishers …
Discussion: Digital Content Next
Steven Waldman / Report for America:
Report for America names 9 more news outlets that will host journalists, starting in June, including The Dallas Morning News, Chicago Sun-Times, and The Incline  —  The crisis in local journalism - a.k.a. the crisis in local democracy, a.k.a. why you can't find out if your water is polluted …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
Twitter left up hundreds of videos from two Vine accounts connected to the Russian Internet Research Agency until CNN asked about the accounts  —  Senate committee grills tech giants over online terrorism  —  Twitter left hundreds of Russian propaganda videos, with millions of views …
The Daily Northwestern:
Northwestern journalism professor Alec Klein, director of the Medill Justice Project, takes leave of absence amid probe into allegations of harassment  —  Medill Prof. Alec Klein, who yesterday was accused of harassment by several former students and employees of Medill, is taking a leave of absence from Northwestern.
Christina Pazzanese / Harvard University Gazette:
Q&A with Margaret Sullivan on the state of the news media, why the Times erred in removing the public editor position, and advice for young journalists  —  In a time when a U.S. president has been known to call journalists the “enemy of the people,” the everyday work of reporting the news has rarely been more challenging.
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Disney preview of 2019 streaming service: starts in US only, excludes R-rated films, keeps Marvel on Netflix, first-year goal is 4-5 new movies and 5 TV series  —  EXCLUSIVE: The Disney streaming service is beginning to crystallize, and Deadline can provide some details of the initial slate.
John Koblin / New York Times:
HBO signs deal with hosts of Pod Save America for series of TV specials ahead of midterm elections, a week after launching four shows by hosts of 2 Dope Queens  —  HBO is getting into podcasts.  —  The premium cable network has signed a deal with the hosts of the popular “Pod Save America” …
Randy Dotinga / Voice of San Diego:
San Diego county attorneys wanted a CityBeat reporter who exposed 60 local jail deaths to reveal her sources, or take a deal that would harm a widow's case  —  A headline like “60 Dead Inmates” has a way of focusing the mind, at least in theory.  Alarm bells should have been going off across …
Discussion: KNSD-TV and @kellylynndavis
John-Paul Ford Rojas / Sky News:
Trinity Mirror, publisher of UK's Daily Mirror, has agreed to pay £126.7M for several Northern & Shell titles including the Daily Express and Daily Star  —  Publisher Trinity Mirror is to buy the owner of the Daily Express in a £126.7m deal, it has been confirmed.
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Janko Rottgers / Variety:
Snap-commissioned data shows Snapchat users are 36% of all US moviegoers and 50% of all US movie ticket sales; Snapchat movie ads raise awareness by 23%
Discussion: Snapchat Ads
UK MPs grill Facebook, Google, Twitter execs about misinformation during first committee visit to US, suggest issues stem from lack of laws, ad revenue reliance
Matthew Cooper / Politico:
A look inside the changes at Newsweek: changing owners, leaner budgets, and uneven standards in the last year as editors focused on traffic over accuracy
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Everipedia, a rival to Wikipedia that plans to use tokens to permit editing and reward users, raises $30M from investors including Galaxy Digital
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Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Substack, a platform that offers tools for writers to create and monetize their own newsletters, opens to all for free, takes 10% cut if newsletters charge fees
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
NBCUniversal and BuzzFeed launch Playfull, a millennial parenting channel on Facebook that marks the first time both companies have co-owned a publishing brand
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
New York Times overall subscription revenue, which now accounts for 60% of total revenue, rose to more than $1B for 2017; Q4 revenue rose 10% YoY to $484M
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Twitter Q4: profit of $91.1M, its first ever, revenue of $731.6M, up 2% YoY, vs. $686.4M est.; MAUs up 4% YoY but flat QoQ at 330M vs. 333M est.; stock up 10%+