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1:45 PM ET, February 13, 2018


 Top News: 
Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC:
When asked about Facebook's increasing video ambitions, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said the social network should “get back to baby pictures”  —  - As Facebook has been beefing up its video offering in what looks like a more direct assault on YouTube, Wojcicki says that she's staying focused …
John Lynch / Business Insider:   YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says the site hasn't banned Logan Paul because he has not violated its policies three times, the requisite for such a punishment
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Google launches AMP story format, a mobile-friendly tool for video, image, and animation-heavy stories, partnering with CNN, Vox Media, and other publishers  —  The format doesn't support advertising yet, which could slow its adoption among publishers  —  Alphabet Inc.'s GOOGL .79% Google unveiled …
Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed:
Jay Asher, author of the book Thirteen Reasons Why, adapted for Netflix, was removed from a literary organization over allegations of sexual harassment  —  Asher told BuzzFeed News that he was the one being harassed, and that he left on his own accord.  —  Author Jay Asher …
Hannah Levintova / Mother Jones:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook to allow publisher paywalls in its iOS app starting 3/1; users get five articles before being asked to pay, publishers get 100% subscription revenue  —  Apple is allowing Facebook to bend the subscription rules.  Starting March 1st, news publishers will be able to use their paywalls inside Facebook's iOS app.
Aditi Sangal / Digiday:
As podcasts struggle to be discovered on social media, producers add video, newsletters, and WhatsApp and Facebook groups to gain traction  —  As social media platforms have pivoted to video, they've gotten publishers to adapt.  But one medium has been left out: podcasts.
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Washington Post's Head of Innovation Jarrod Dicker is leaving the company to become the CEO of, a media blockchain company  —  The Washington Post's Head of Innovation Jarrod Dicker is leaving the legacy brand to become the CEO of, a media blockchain company.
Liam Corcoran / Nieman Lab:
How Scandinavian publishing house Schibsted's machine learning tech predicts which readers are 3 to 5 times more likely to buy a subscription  —  Across the sites where it's currently in use, the company's purchase prediction model has been able to identify groups of readers three to five times …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
WH briefing room is now much worse than a spin chamber, with Sanders channeling Trump's abuse of the press, hitting new low when talking about respect for women  —  She dripped disdain.  —  She oozed contempt.  —  “If you were paying attention to what I just read to you . . .” …
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
USA Today is adding 20 new editors and producers to the current 40-person video team, has built a new studio in Gannett's Manhattan headquarters
Edmund Lee / Recode:
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti says Facebook should share revenue from News Feed with publishers as well as traffic
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
PBS CEO Paula Kerger issues statement protesting Trump's proposed new budget which strips funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Howard Kurtz' book Media Madness claims bias led to a “massive imbalance” between coverage of Trump and other presidents, expressed indignation at fair coverage
 Earlier Picks: 
Jana Winter / Foreign Policy:
Former Senior FBI Official Is Leading BuzzFeed's Effort to Verify Trump Dossier
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
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