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9:55 AM ET, February 10, 2019


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Jeff Bezos:
Jeff Bezos publishes letters from National Enquirer owner AMI that he says show threats to publish his nude photos unless he stops probing AMI's reporting
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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Twitter served as the spark and initial validator for the Bezos blog post on Medium, once again showing how instrumental Twitter is for news
Washington Post:
AMI says it believes it acted lawfully in its Bezos reporting and characterizes its actions as “good faith negotiations” but will investigate the claims
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
National Enquirer's work is not any kind of journalism, not even tabloidism; it is threat of publication as a bludgeon, with a clear political agenda
Gimlet's Alex Blumberg and Matt Lieber on weighing remaining independent and being acquired, the days before the deal, and reach, data, and discoverability
Hunter Walk:
Interview with Adam Davidson, co-founder and longtime co-host of Planet Money, on audio talent, various kinds of podcasts, and how podcasting is maturing now
Hollywood Reporter:
How the $71.3B Disney-Fox merger, which is expected to result in 4,000 layoffs, could affect Fox employees and the iconic movie studio 20th Century Fox  —  With the $71.3 billion merger of two studios about to close, fears are mounting on the storied Fox lot as colleagues prepare to become rivals …
Brian Feldman / New York Magazine:
The rise on Instagram of “meme accounts” like @fuckjerry, which steal jokes, videos, and other content, is a platform failure Instagram refuses to acknowledge  —  The past few weeks have been rough for Elliot Tebele.  Tebele is the morally compromised founder of Jerry Media …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Knight Commission on Trust, Media, and Democracy recommendations for journalism: be transparent, gain philanthropic support, improve tech use, diversify staff  —  Radical transparency, committed philanthropy, disinformation-debunking technology, organizational diversity — and a year of service …
Alison Herman / The Ringer:
NYT Cooking's comment section is helpful and civil because comments are focused on improving recipes, moderated by humans to keep them relevant  —  The subscription-based service offers hundreds of recipes—and even more suggestions—from helpful, well-meaning users.  Who knew that such a thing was possible?
Blair Rhodes / CBC News:
The Canadian Press to cut six editorial staff, mostly in its Atlantic bureau in Halifax, citing declining subscription and ad revenues  —  The Canadian Press is cutting six editorial positions, in a move the company said is prompted by a decline in its subscription revenue.
Discussion: @larochecbc
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Netflix says Roma has had theatrical releases in 41 countries and 1,100 screens, of which 250 were in the US; it's been viewed by 50% of accounts in Mexico  —  LOS ANGELES — For weeks, “Roma,” the Netflix movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón, has occupied an odd position in Hollywood: both omnipresent and mysterious.
Q&A with Fortune CEO Alan Murray about selling Fortune, its push into other businesses like live events, and how WSJ changed after News Corp bought it in 2007  —  Murray recently sold the Fortune Media Group to Chatchaval Jiaravanon, a Thai billionaire you've probably never heard of.
Discussion: @pkafka
New York Times:
Les Moonves's new company Moon Rise Unlimited, which focuses on “entertainment services”, operates in office space paid for by CBS as part of his exit agreement  —  Just months after being fired by CBS, Leslie Moonves is running a new company.  —  And though Mr. Moonves …
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