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9:20 PM ET, February 14, 2018


 Top News: 
The Intercept:
Leaked WikiLeaks chats from May 2015-Nov. 2017 of a direct-message Twitter group show anti-Clinton bias, misogyny, encouragement of trolling and fake accounts  —  On a Thursday afternoon in November 2015, a light snow was falling outside the windows of the Ecuadorian embassy in London …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Chrome's default ad blocker goes live Thursday, removing ads on sites that repeatedly display pop-ups, autoplay video with sound, and other invasive ads  —  Chrome's built-in ad blocker will go live tomorrow.  It's the first time Google will automatically block some ads in Chrome …
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Leaked chat transcript from an NYT Slack channel shows staff concern over diversity efforts, prompted by tweet by opinion section's Bari Weiss on immigrants  —  According to one employee, diversity efforts at the publication “are nothing but lip service.”  —  In 2016, James Bennet left …
John Lynch / Business Insider:
Barstool Sports radio host Patrick Connor apologizes after making sexually inappropriate comments about 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim on radio  —  - A Barstool Sports radio host apologized Wednesday for calling the 17-year-old US Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim a “hot piece of ass” in a SiriusXM radio appearance.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV adds Turner networks including CNN and TBS, will raise monthly subscription price by $5 to $40/month for new customers from March 13  —  Internet TV ‘skinny bundle’ service also expands to more markets, will add NBA TV and MLB Network  —  The YouTube TV “skinny” …
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / ProPublica:
After FEC clarification in December that big political ads on Facebook require disclaimers, review of 300+ ads finds fewer than 40 complied with new rules  —  The Federal Election Commission said in December that big political ads on the social network need disclaimers.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Report: Apple News is driving huge traffic to publishers, accounting for 50% of's daily traffic at times, and has ~12 editorial staff in US  —  Apple News can yield a flood of traffic for news publishers, with the app accounting for as much as 50 to 60 percent of readership for some stories …
Discussion: The Information and 9to5Mac
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times says that The Daily podcast will expand to public radio in April, distributed by American Public Media  —  The New York Times's audio news report, “The Daily,” will soon extend its current following of 4.5 million monthly unique listeners to the national radio audience.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: AT&T and Time Warner's list of people to call upon as witnesses in forthcoming trial with DoJ includes antitrust chief Makan Delrahim  —  Company lays the groundwork to challenge the legitimacy of government's antitrust suit  —  WASHINGTON— AT&T Inc. is considering an unusual gambit …
John Koblin / New York Times:
Netflix signs five-year exclusive contract with Ryan Murphy, creator of American Horror Story and Glee; sources say deal is worth as much as $300M  —  The streaming giant Netflix has won yet another battle against old Hollywood.  —  On Tuesday night, Netflix announced that it had poached …
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Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Sources: key staff members of HuffPost UK, which has 45 editorial workers, are pushing to unionize with the National Union of Journalists
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
USA Today names Nicole Carroll, the editor of The Arizona Republic, as its new editor-in-chief
Discussion: Adweek, Arizona Republic and WWD
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
PEN America to grant Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the two Reuters reporters jailed after their investigation into the Inn Din massacre, the Freedom to Write Award
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: CBS CEO Les Moonves and Viacom CEO Bob Bakish met last Friday to discuss a deal to combine the two companies
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Washington Post:
The Washington Post is opening bureaus in Rome and Hong Kong and has named a second Mexico City-based correspondent, as its international audience increases
Discussion: LA Observed
Hamilton Nolan / Splinter:
Sources: at a CNN town hall on Tuesday, Jeff Zucker was asked what his position on the network's digital staff unionizing is, says company hadn't considered it
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Survey of 33 news orgs: 70% said reader willingness to pay for content has increased in past year
At a meeting of trade group Digital Content Next, which includes NYT, Vox Media, and News Corp, publishers weighed supporting regulation of Facebook and Google