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2:30 AM ET, January 16, 2018

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Felipe Villamor / New York Times:
Philippines government orders independent news site Rappler, which has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte, to shut down  —  MANILA — The Philippines ordered the closing on Monday of an independent online news site that has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Los Angeles Times editor-in-chief Lewis D'Vorkin, formerly of Forbes, brings in new hires and prepares for a newsroom reorganization  —  New hires from The New York Times and The Washington Post bring new faces to a news organization that has been in flux under Tronc management.
Discussion: @jbenton
Stephen Kalin / Reuters:
Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length films after a 35-year ban on cinemas; authorities hope to have 300 cinemas and 2K screens by 2030  —  JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children's films this weekend in a makeshift theater …
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
Facebook exits from news after killing notions of the brand, authorship, business model; publishers should focus on products that directly impact their company  —  For Facebook, journalism has been a pain in the neck from day one.  Now, bogged down with the insoluble problems of fake news and bad PR …
James Walker / Press Gazette:
The EU's newly established group on fake news and disinformation met for the first time as it seeks to define and develop a strategy for tackling fake news  —  The European Union's newly established fake news body met for the first time today, but revealed that it has yet to establish a working definition for “fake news”.
Discussion: Associated Press, DW.COM and euronews
Todd Spangler / Variety:
The Young Turks Network Hires Deanna Brown as President  —  Deanna Brown, a 30-year media and digital-content veteran, has joined TYT Network as the company's first president.  —  Brown, along with TYT Network founder and CEO Cenk Uygur, will lead the strategic direction for all business initiatives …
Discussion: @deannabrown and Tubefilter
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Daily Beast reporter Lizzie Crocker resigned from the site this weekend, following revelations she plagiarized a column in the Weekly Standard  —  Daily Beast reporter Lizzie Crocker resigned from the company this weekend after allegations of plagiarism against her were confirmed by the publication, TheWrap has learned.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Katharine Viner / The Guardian:
The Guardian has redesigned its website and mobile apps to coincide with the launch of the newspaper's new tabloid format on Monday  —  oday, our newspaper is being printed in a new tabloid format for the first time, a decision we took seven months ago.  We decided then that we also wanted …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Richard Branson orders Virgin Trains to restock the Daily Mail, saying the decision to stop selling it amounted to censorship  —  Branson says decision was taken without his knowledge and company should not be seen to be ‘censoring’ or ‘moralising’  —  Sir Richard Branson has ordered Virgin Trains …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
NPR and Edison Research survey: 16% of Americans own a smart speaker today, up 128% YoY; 30% of owners say smart speakers are replacing time spent with TV  —  One in six Americans now own a smart speaker, according to new research out this week from NPR and Edison Research - a figure that's up 128 percent from January, 2017.
Discussion: The Verge and Engadget
 
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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Google says bugs, not partisanship, responsible for it wrongly appending a “Reviewed Claims” fact check to right-leaning news site The Daily Caller
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Press Gazette:
Press freedom groups have written to Theresa May asking her to repeal law forcing papers to pay all court costs, win or lose, unless signed up with regulator
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Wall Street Journal:
US government lawyers have subpoenaed approximately 30 third parties for information on AT&T's $85B takeover of Time Warner with trial set to start March 19