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12:40 PM ET, November 17, 2016


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Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Analysis shows top 20 fake election news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than the top 20 election stories from 19 major news outlets  —  A BuzzFeed News analysis found that top fake election news stories generated more total engagement on Facebook than top election stories from 19 major news outlets combined.
Michael Calderone / Huffington Post:
Bloomberg News Washington bureau chief Megan Murphy named new editor of Bloomberg Businessweek amid plans to relaunch the magazine in Q2 of 2017  —  NEW YORK ― Bloomberg News Washington bureau chief Megan Murphy has been named editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, according to a staff memo.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
AOL to lay off 500 employees, or 5% of its staff, today in its corporate units; CEO says resources will be shifted to mobile, video, and data offerings  —  There will be more changes next year if the deal to buy Yahoo is completed.  —  AOL will announce layoffs of 5 percent of its staff today …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Interview with radio host and Infowars operator Alex Jones, on his recent phone call with Trump, keeping the president-elect accountable to grass-roots voters  —  When Donald J. Trump emerged from the haze of his surprise victory in the presidential election, one of his first calls was apparently …
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Facebook says it overstated organic Page reach and time spent on Instant Articles due to bugs; firm will expand 3rd-party verification, form Measurement Council  —  Facebook is also adding more third-party verification and forming a Measurement Council to stay in step with evolving products and metrics.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
With Steve Bannon as chief strategist for Trump, Breitbart News could become the closest thing the US has ever had to state-run media  —  With Breitbart's Steve Bannon now in a seat of White House power, Donald Trump will have a weapon no president has ever wielded.
Matt Burgess / WIRED UK:
With funding from Google, UK-based Full Fact is aiming to build two automated fact-checking tools, Trends and Robocheck, by the end of 2017  —  The UK fact-checkers are hoping to publish two automatic tools by the end of 2017  —  Fake news is on the agenda.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google refreshes Play Newsstand for Android and iOS, brings it to the web  —  Google today announced an overhaul to its Google Play Newsstand app on both Android and iOS and also announced the launch of a web version, at  The updated mobile versions will be rolling out over the next few days.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump's tweets complaining about New York Times stories are usually about articles that prove to be accurate  —  In the week since he won the presidency, Donald Trump has issued 23 140-character press releases on Twitter.  Of those 23, six were complaints about the New York Times and its coverage.
NBC News:
Trump's refusal to accommodate press pool is part of a broader trend which suggests his administration will lack transparency  —  Donald Trump Ditches Press, Steps Out for Dinner 0:47  —  In a highly unusual move, President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday night left his Manhattan residence without notifying …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Diane Rehm's station taps Joshua Johnson, a lesser-known radio host, as her successor  —  Radio journalist Joshua Johnson will succeed Diane Rehm as the host of the daily public-affairs discussion program that Rehm turned into one of NPR's most durable franchises over its 37-year run.
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Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Twitter suspends several high-profile accounts associated with the alt-right, including those of Richard Spencer and Pax Dickinson