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12:30 PM ET, February 14, 2019

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Apple has signed many publishers to its upcoming news service with a 50% revenue split, sources say, but that split likely won't satisfy major newspapers  —  Magazine publishers are on board with Apple's new subscription news service.  Newspapers aren't.  —  Apple says it wants to help save journalism.
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Apple plans an April or May launch date for its video streaming service, but Netflix won't participate and HBO hasn't committed  —  - Apple is targeting April to debut a new streaming product that will include original content free for Apple device owners and a platform to subscribe to other digital media services.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple will unveil both its video and news subscription offerings at a March 25 event
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Aika Rey / RAPPLER:
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested by Philippines National Bureau of Investigation on cyber libel charges over story published four months before cyber law passed
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Facebook has a new funding program for Facebook Watch shows and is seeking influencers to work with production partners, wants limited exclusive rights  —  Facebook has created a new funding program where it would work with publishers and influencers on new shows for Facebook Watch.
Discussion: Tubefilter
The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh:
The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh releases accounts of Publisher John Robinson Block's newsroom visit, where he berated staff and frightened his young daughter  —  After much careful consideration, the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh has decided to release some of the eyewitness accounts …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
The Chicago Cubs partners with Sinclair to launch a sports network that will become its exclusive TV home in 2020, ending more than 70 years of free broadcasts  —  A WGN-TV camera operator works a game between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets at Wrigley Field in 2014.  (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Discussion: @chicagotribune
L.A. Times Guild:
The Los Angeles Times Guild pushes back against a proposal that potentially broadens management's control over employees' book or movie deals  —  Journalists at the Los Angeles Times are pushing back against a sweeping company proposal on intellectual property rights that would mark an unprecedented low for the media industry.
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
LexisNexis has cut media access to TraceIQ, a database of names, phone numbers, and addresses used in investigative journalism, citing “public concern” and GDPR  —  Until now, Trace IQ let journalists search names, phone numbers and addresses in one database - now they've been banned …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
JibJab, one of the first companies that let people insert selfies into videos, gifs and e-cards, has been acquired by Catapult Capital for an undisclosed sum  —  JibJab, one of the first companies that let people insert selfies into videos, gifs, and e-cards, has been acquired by Catapult Capital.
Discussion: PR Newswire
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Organizers at BuzzFeed News announce they plan to form a union, nearly a month after more than 40 people were laid off from newsrooms  —  Last month, BuzzFeed laid off more than 220 employees, or 15 percent of its work force.  On Tuesday, employees at the company's news division responded …
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“Since Parkland” goes live with profiles of ~1,200 children killed by gun violence, written by high school reporters who were trained and paid by The Trace
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Matt Thompson, executive editor of The Atlantic, is joining California's Center for Investigative Reporting as editor-in-chief