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The last 20 posts from the Nieman Journalism Lab, for those who enjoy reverse chronological order.
Shan Wang    Feb. 16, 2018
A New York federal judge ruled that when publishers from The Boston Globe to Vox Media to Breitbart “caused the embedded tweets to appear on their websites, their actions violated plaintiff’s exclusive display right.”
Christine Schmidt    Feb. 16, 2018
“It’s not so much about gaming Facebook’s algorithm or working with the Facebook changes as much as it is taking advantage of Facebook as a truly social platform.”
Laura Hazard Owen    Feb. 16, 2018
Plus: The lines between “fake news” and psyops, the Russians shared real news too, and “reality apathy.”
Shan Wang    Feb. 15, 2018
The Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab’s podcast player for the mobile web lets you listen to a show without using a podcast app, and get phone notifications that point you to links and graphics at relevant points in the story as the audio plays.
Ken Doctor    Feb. 15, 2018
West Coast news chaos, a new leader at WordPress, the decline of digital display — and is The Washington Post really profitable?
Ricardo Bilton    Feb. 14, 2018
“There’s so much pressure right now that it’s very tempting, more than ever, to just go with something…Often, it’s only your conscience and sense of journalistic responsibility that prevents you from hitting publish.”
Shan Wang    Feb. 14, 2018
Part of Handelsblatt Global’s strategy is trying to be ruthlessly practical about its position in the market: “If you get an American reader, nobody would ever switch from The New York Times for us.”
Laura Hazard Owen    Feb. 13, 2018
“If someone feels that being on Facebook is not good for your business, you shouldn’t be on Facebook. Let’s be clear about that…I don’t see us as the answer to the problem.”
Laura Hazard Owen    Feb. 13, 2018
“I am like a vaudevillian. I’m the last guy dancing on the stage, by myself, and everyone else has moved on to movies and television.”
Nicholas Quah    Feb. 13, 2018
Plus: HBO buys in, ESPN brags condescendingly, big networks scale back, and Call Your Girlfriend plots its future. Also, gifs.
Christine Schmidt    Feb. 12, 2018
VR, AR, a podcast, messaging apps, Snapchat shows, voice devices, Uber rides, and more.
Liam Corcoran    Feb. 12, 2018
Across the sites where it’s currently in use, the company’s purchase prediction model has been able to identify groups of readers three to five times more likely than average to buy a subscription, and advertise offers to them differently.
Ricardo Bilton    Feb. 9, 2018
“What we’ve created is a bot-like exchange, but in the voice and tone of a person.”
Laura Hazard Owen    Feb. 9, 2018
Plus: The Brits come to the U.S. to grill tech execs, and spammers come to Instant Articles.
Christine Schmidt    Feb. 8, 2018
“We wanted to focus on neighborhoods and we wanted to have a membership model. We didn’t get to do it our way at DNA, at least on the business side. So we said, ‘Let’s just do it our way now.'”