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7:05 AM ET, February 16, 2019

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Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter hides a tweet, reportedly from Iran's head of state, for pointing out that a previous leader's verdict to murder novelist Salman Rushdie is still valid  —  Twitter removed a tweet from an account that reportedly belongs to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Friday …
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 …
Ashley Baker / Daily Front Row:
Kali Hays / WWD:
Challenger Gray study: 15.5K jobs cut in news, broadcast news, TV, film, and music in 2018, a 281% increase YoY, of which 11.8K were in news organizations alone  —  A study from an industry outplacement firm said 2018 was the worst year for media in a decade.  This year isn't shaping up so well already.
Discussion: @saraschonhardt and @wwd
Todd Spangler / Variety:
SEC filing: Spotify paid ~$337M to buy Gimlet Media and Anchor; Spotify told investors it expects to spend $400M-$500M in total on podcast acquisitions in 2019  —  - After Machinima Shutdown, Rooster Teeth Revives ‘Inside Gaming’ and Rescues Other Machinima Shows
Duncan Cooper / Pitchfork:
While some artists whose music is used in TikTok videos are compensated through their labels' sales of blanket licenses, others forgo payment for exposure  —  The company behind lip-sync app TikTok is reportedly worth three times as much as Spotify, but the artists whose music powers the platform are seeing very little of that money.
Discussion: @getalternative and @mattnavarra
Adam Jacobson / Radio & Television Business Report:
Apollo Global Management acquires majority stake in Cox Media Group's TV arm; earlier report placed the value at $3B  —  DAYTON, OHIO — On January 26, RBR+TVBR overheard a conversation involving a Cox Media Group Ohio employee who noted “we should know in a couple of weeks” what their fate would be …
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Sources detail the “generational shift” occurring at the BBC, as it loses four high-profile male presenters in recent months, including David Dimbleby  —  In just eight months, Andrew Neil, John Humphrys, David Dimbleby, and Eddie Mair have all stepped down.
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Gwilym Mumford / The Guardian:
BBC says This Week, its late night politics show hosted by Andrew Neil, will conclude this summer after 16 years on the air
Amy X. Wang / Rolling Stone:
Interview with the Swedish social science research team behind Spotify Teardown, a forthcoming book that takes a deep look at the music streaming giant  —  Researchers behind the controversial new book into Spotify's operations chat with Rolling Stone about their most surprising findings
Discussion: Music Ally
 
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Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Sources: Facebook is working with some media partners to test connecting third-party ad tech, like Google Ad Manager, to Watch
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
Hearst Magazines names its first chief data officer, Mike Smith, in charge of ad products, digital ad operations, and data capabilities
Discussion: Folio
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
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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
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
Nobel Women's Initiative:
The Nobel Women's Initiative launches InterviewHer, a global database to connect media to women experts on conflict, peace, and security
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