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9:10 PM ET, February 12, 2018


 Top News: 
A behind-the-scenes look at two tumultuous years inside Facebook as it struggled with fake news, its impact on the 2016 election, and its battle with News Corp  —  ONE DAY IN late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook's employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks.
Charles Riley / CNNMoney:
Unilever marketing boss Keith Weed threatens to pull advertising from Facebook, Google, and other digital platforms, citing fake news, among other concerns  —  Social media giants grilled on ‘fake news’  —  Unilever is threatening to pull its advertising from digital platforms that it says have become a …
John Battelle / NewCo Shift:
Former IAB board member questions Unilever's boycott of Facebook and Google, says major advertisers have little influence on platforms  —  P&G, Unilever and others are throwing their weight around with Google and Facebook.  The platforms can afford to ignore them.
Discussion: CNNMoney, Business Insider and The Drum
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Technologist who predicted “fake news”, Aviv Ovadya, and other experts warn new AI-powered tools to manipulate perception could erode people's trust in reality
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: CNN to target savings on digital by eliminating up to ~50 jobs worldwide this week; cuts to affect CNN Money, video, product, tech, social publishing  —  A year ago, CNN was positioning itself as ready to take on Vice and BuzzFeed in the digital space.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
eMarketer says Facebook lost ~2.8M US users under 25 in 2017, predicts it will lose ~2.1M in 2018; Instagram's US users will grow 13%, Snapchat's by 9% in 2018  —  That's according to research firm eMarketer.  —  Facebook is losing young users even quicker than expected, according to new estimates by eMarketer.
Karl Taro Greenfeld / Los Angeles Times:
Former writer at Time Inc. offers anecdotes about how the publisher was “overspending horrendously” on salaries and unlimited expense accounts before AOL merger  —  I started as a writer at Time Magazine on a Monday in 1998.  I turned up that morning to find the 23rd floor …
Discussion: @nbj914 and @stuartisett
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:   A week after Meredith takeover of Time Inc., sources speculate about potential buyers for some of the magazines, especially Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
NBC apologizes to Koreans for remarks by Olympics commentator Joshua Ramo who said Koreans viewed Japanese occupation of the country as a positive thing  —  Friday's Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in South Korea were, by most accounts, spectacular.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Otter Media, the joint venture of AT&T and the Chernin Group, names Tony Goncalves as CEO  —  Tony Goncalves, previously head of AT&T's digital brands group and a former DirecTV exec, is joining Otter Media as CEO of the company, the digital-media joint venture of the Chernin Group and AT&T.
Mark Brown / The Guardian:
BBC iPlayer had an average 272M programs streamed per month in 2017, up 11% from 2016 with December the best month on record with 327M requests  —  Figures up 11% on 2016 with an average of 272m streaming requests a month … BBC iPlayer had its most successful year in 2017 …
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Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Fusion partners with Cheddar to air a weekly 30-min show, The Point with Jon Steinberg, premiering on February 15
Discussion: Talking Biz News, Thanks:@jonsteinberg
The Guardian:
Sweden wanted to drop its extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2013 but was dissuaded by the UK's prosecution service
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox proposes remedies for takeover to satisfy regulator concerns, including committing to Sky News for five years and establishing independent board
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Glendora Meikle / Columbia Journalism Review:
Lessons on journalism funding from the defunct International Reporting Project, which gave grants for international reporting as international bureaus shut down
Libby Watson / Splinter:
Advertisers can promote Tweets that aren't linked to any Twitter profile, allowing fake organizations to run policy ads while obscuring their bankrollers
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Comcast's bid for 21st Century Fox was $60B+, 15% higher than Disney's winning offer, but was rejected due to antitrust concerns
Hollywood Reporter:
NY attorney general sues Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, and The Weinstein Company, claiming they failed to protect staff from pervasive sexual harassment