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11:40 AM ET, February 15, 2019


 Top News: 
James Vincent / The Verge:
OpenAI says it won't release the dataset behind GPT-2, its new text generator algorithm that can write, translate, and summarize text, due to fears of misuse  —  OpenAI's researchers knew they were on to something when their language modeling program wrote a convincing essay on a topic they disagreed with.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Great Hill Partners is in exclusive talks with Univision to buy Gizmodo Media Group for an undisclosed sum  —  Deal would include websites such as Gizmodo, Deadspin, Lifehacker and Jezebel  —  Great Hill Partners is in exclusive talks with Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications Inc …
Hollywood Reporter:
Univision reports Q4 revenue of $688.5M, down 8.9% YoY and a loss of $40.2M amid ongoing carriage dispute with Dish  —  The Spanish-language media giant reported lower revenue, but CEO Vince Sadusky on an analyst call lauded a recent “ratings resurgence” while also addressing his battle with Dish.
Discussion: @benmullin and Variety
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook says it is exploring ways to address anti-vaccine misinformation including reducing or removing it from recommendations and demotion in search results  —  Facebook Inc., under pressure to reduce harmful, misleading and fake content, said it is exploring removing anti-vaccine information …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
CBS reports Q4 revenues of $4B, up 3% YoY, missing estimates, adjusted operating income of $837M, up 10% YoY, and says it has 8M direct-to-consumer subscribers  —  CBS Corp. reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell short of Wall Street analysts' expectations, largely due to a dip …
Kim Lyons / Columbia Journalism Review:
Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh files complaint with National Labor Review Board, claiming Post-Gazette's publisher threatened to fire staff for union activity  —  On Saturday night, February 9, John Robinson Block—publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, one of more than a dozen news outlets owned …
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cord-cutting accelerates as the five biggest U.S. pay-TV providers collectively lost around 3.2 million customers in 2018, a 4.2% decrease  —  - After Machinima Shutdown, Rooster Teeth Revives ‘Inside Gaming’ and Rescues Other Machinima Shows  —  Cord-cutting inflicted a heavier toll …
Discussion: @tortured_verse and BGR
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
GQ UK launched GQ Hype, a free weekly digital publication which gets its revenue from display ads and content partnerships, in December, as a gateway to GQ  —  British GQ is making a play for new and younger audiences with GQ Hype, a sub-brand it launched quietly two months ago.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Col Allan, former longtime controversial editor-in-chief of New York Post has been working as a consultant for News Corp., for the past three weeks  —  Can Col Allan, the swashbuckling and bibulous tabloid star of the aughts, help the New York Post decode its most important reader?
Discussion: New York Daily News and @joepompeo
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
US Copyright Office has refused a copyright claim for the “Carlton Dance”, a potential blow to performers seeking rights to dance emotes in games like Fortnite  —  A government examiner also questioned the submission of the actor's performance on ABC's “Dancing With the Stars,” …
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Nobel Women's Initiative:
Nobel Women's Initiative launches InterviewHer, a global database to connect media to women experts on conflict, peace, and security to better representation
Council of Europe report: attacks on journalists almost doubled YoY in 2018, and new threats like verbal abuse and public stigmatization increased
Michael Smith / SportsBusiness Daily:
Sources: the owner of the Cleveland Browns, also CEO of a truck stop chain, pulls out of an ad deal with ESPN two years early after a critical story on the team
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
CNBC names Dan Colarusso, executive editor at Reuters Digital, as senior VP of business news, overseeing television news content, coverage, and production
Discussion: Variety and TVNewser
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Alexander Russo /
Since Columbine, media coverage of school shootings has improved, but issues of accuracy, follow-up, and narrow focus on gun control advocacy remain
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
Al Jazeera:
Maria Ressa has been released after spending one night in NBI custody and posting bail of 100K Philippine pesos, or about $1,900
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