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12:30 AM ET, February 23, 2018

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Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump repeats claim in a tweet, and CNN refutes it for the second time, that CNN scripted a town hall question for a school shooting survivor  —  went after CNN over a Florida school shooting survivor's claim that he didn't participate in a CNN town hall because the network wouldn't let him ask …
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Columbia Journalism Review:
At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, student journalists are in a unique position to report on the events as they toe the line between journalism and activism  —  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School can be see on February 17, 2018 in Parkland, Florida.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Google, YouTube, and Facebook don't find misinformation and hoaxes quickly enough after tragedies, may need breaking news teams to scan for misleading content  —  In the first hours after last October's mass shooting in Las Vegas, my colleague Ryan Broderick noticed something peculiar …
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Wall Street Journal:
Analysis finds algorithms designed by Facebook, Google, and others often struggle to detect doctored images and videos, a key tool for misinformation efforts  —  The tech company's filters can't adequately detect misinformation distributed through altered images
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Facebook's tool for fact-checking partners only lets them flag links, not videos or memes; Facebook says it's working on a way to add images to the tool
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Source: 21st Century Fox nears deal with Sinclair to buy at least 6 Tribune-owned TV stations in Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Cleveland, Miami  —  21st Century Fox is closing in on an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy at least six TV stations …
Discussion: Deadline, TVSpy and Variety
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal uses 60+ signals and machine learning to give non-subscribers individually tailored access levels based on their propensity to subscribe  —  Non-subscribers visiting WSJ.com now get a score, based on dozens of signals, that indicates how likely they'll be to subscribe.
Adrian Chen / New Yorker:
A reluctant expert on the Internet Research Agency examines how his statements get used by partisans, just as they used the tweets from Facebook's Rob Goldman  —  Whenever the Internet Research Agency is in the news, I get a sinking feeling in my stomach.  I was one of the first U.S. journalists …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom order, which repeals 2015 Net Neutrality rules, officially takes effect today, signalling beginning of various legal challenges  —  The FCC's “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, which vastly curtails the agency's 2015 net neutrality rules …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Product Hunt launches Sip, a Twitter Moments-style distilled tech news newsletter for iOS and Android, in beta  —  “We didn't want to create another app thirsty for attention” writes Product Hunt CEO Ryan Hoover.  So instead of a constant stream of fresh stories and alerts …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
How Amazon's Createspace publishing arm was used to launder money using stolen credit cards, dubious ebooks, and by impersonating authors  —  Patrick Reames had no idea why Amazon.com sent him a 1099 form saying he'd made almost $24,000 selling books via Createspace, the company's on-demand publishing arm.
Discussion: Fortune
 
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Ronan Shields / The Drum:
Pandora debuts programmatic audio ads, tests private marketplace in pilot program with Volkswagen
Discussion: Pandora, Ad Age and AdExchanger
Knight First Amendment Institute:
Knight First Amendment Institute announces it's receiving $6.5M in grants over five years from Democracy Fund, First Look Media, and the Charles Koch Foundation
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Steven Hsieh / The Stranger:
Newsweek retracts a story based on a blog called Unhack the Vote that blamed Senator Al Franken's resignation on an alt-right bot network
Discussion: Mediaite, The Wrap and Newsweek
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Spotify co-founders plan to retain control after direct stock listing through super voting shares, following Google-Facebook IPO playbook