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4:35 PM ET, February 13, 2018


 Top News: 
Daniel Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Ex-Vice employee, who had access to info on dozens of employee salaries, sues Vice over pay discrimination, says male subordinate made $25K/year more than her  —  A former female employee of Vice Media has alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the company discriminates against female employees …
Josh Breiner / Haaretz:
Israel police recommend charges against Arnon Mozes, the publisher of Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, as part of one case against Prime Minister Netanyahu  —  ‘Case 1000’ alleges Netanyahu received lavish gifts from wealthy businessmen in return for political favors; ‘Case 2000’ alleges a tit-for-tat with publisher of Israeli daily
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 …
Dave Lee / BBC:
UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd is visiting tech companies in Silicon Valley to discuss UK govt's new AI tool which can detect 94% of IS's online activity  —  The UK government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed.
Hannah Levintova / Mother Jones:
Video by Russian activist Alexei Navalny, alleging new link between Russia and Trump campaign, is subject of injunction, may lead to YouTube and Instagram block  —  Last week, a 25-minute video published by Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny alleging a new link between the Kremlin …
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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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
WH briefing room is now much worse than a spin room, with Sarah Sanders channeling Trump's abuse of media, 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 . . .” …
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 …
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
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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
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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
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