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11:55 AM ET, February 23, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
New York Times:
NRATV, the online streaming arm of NRA media, keeps producing pugilistic messages even after school shootings and pushes mistrust in traditional news  —  NRATV, the organization's online video channel, has become a little-noticed but vital forum for the dissemination of some of the most strident pro-gun messaging in politics.
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Group of public radio stations is buying assets of Gothamist, LAist, DCist, and DNAInfo, funded by 2 anonymous donors; Gothamist to post new stories this spring  —  AFTER BILLIONAIRE JOE Ricketts announced the shuttering of local news organizations Gothamist and DNAInfo last fall …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Scroll, an upcoming $5-a-month service that removes ads on outlets' sites in exchange for a cut of subscription revenue, signs up The Atlantic, Slate, others  —  Business Insider, the Atlantic and Fusion Media have signed up for Scroll, a coming subscription service that will charge consumers $5 …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Anchor's redesigned app is a one stop shop for podcasting where users can record, edit, host, publish, and distribute podcasts with analytics  —  Broadcasting app Anchor, which helps anyone record and share audio, is relaunching its app today with a new focus on serving the larger podcaster community.
Terry Ganey / Gateway Journalism Review:
Inside the downfall of Missouri's Columbia Daily Tribune as layoffs leave the paper with one full-time reporter 18 months after it was acquired by GateHouse  —  COLUMBIA, Mo. — Eighteen months after GateHouse Media bought the family-owned Columbia Daily Tribune, the staff has been slashed …
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: FierceCable, Deadline and TVSpy
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 now get a score, based on dozens of signals, that indicates how likely they'll be to subscribe.
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
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 …
Discussion: @joshconstine and The Next Web
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 …
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Ronan Shields / The Drum:
Pandora debuts programmatic audio ads, tests private marketplace in pilot program with Volkswagen
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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
Discussion: Fortune
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