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5:40 PM ET, January 25, 2017


 Top News: 
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Verge:
Amid Trump's gag orders on US agencies including EPA and Dept. of Agriculture, anonymous Twitter accounts like @AltNatParkSer keep tweeting and gain traction  —  Rejecting Trump's science gag order, anonymous NPS Twitter accounts are still going  —  Government offices (and rogue employees therein) …
The Huffington Post:
Sources: supervisors have frozen public communications at DHHS, EPA, and USDA's research arm as new Trump administration takes over
Richard Gonzales / NPR:
NPR's Senior VP for News, Michael Oreskes, says NPR will not use the word “lie” to describe Trump's false claims as doing so would drive away listeners  —  There's an active debate inside newsrooms, and particularly within the NPR newsroom, about how to characterize the statements …
James Warren / Poynter:
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google's 2016 “Bad Ads Report”: 1.7B ads removed compared to 780M in 2015, plus nearly 200 publishers banned from AdSense over misleading content like fake news  —  In its annual Bad Ads report, Google says it took down more than double the number of ads in 2016 that it did in 2015 …
New York Times:
Legal experts say the First Amendment provides limited protection to the press; with few legal safeguards, reporters have relied on public goodwill, tradition  —  When President Trump declared on Saturday that reporters are “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” it was not the first time he had disparaged the press.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook is ending personalization of Trending topics by country and is tweaking the Trending algorithm in a bid to stamp out fake news  —  Facebook is changing its Trending product to try to make it better reflect the most discussed real world events on the platform, and to prevent false viral stories from trending.
Jarry Lee / BuzzFeed:
Roxane Gay Pulls Book From Simon & Schuster In Response To Milo Yiannopoulos Controversy  —  Roxane Gay has pulled her forthcoming book, How to Be Heard, from Simon & Schuster over its reported $250,000 book deal with Milo Yiannopoulous.  —  How to Be Heard was scheduled to be published in March 2018 with TED Books, an imprint of S&S.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK union the National Union of Journalists calls on its members to tweet directly at Trump condemning the arrests of six journalists in recent days  —  The National Union of Journalists has today called on journalists to tweet directly to US President Donald Trump condemning the arrest …
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Four more journalists face felony charges after being arrested while covering unrest at US inauguration
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
AT&T Q4 revenue slips to $41.8B from $42.1B a year earlier, missing expectations, as online video service DirecTV Now adds 200K+ subscribers vs. 61K expected  —  Fourth-quarter profit also meets analysts' projections  —  Capital investments are seen similar to 2015 spending
Discussion: CNET, Fierce Cable and AT&T
North Jersey Media Group announces more layoffs, will be giving notices to 141 employees by the end of the week  —  North Jersey Media Group announced Monday a restructuring in several of its departments, the latest step in a major strategic reorganization that was unveiled in September.
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James Rainey / Variety:
Shareholder sues CBS board over approving $13M pay package to Sumner Redstone over three years, claims Redstone was not capable of fulfilling duties
British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman is stepping down after more than 25 years, departing the role this summer; a successor will be named soon
Patrick Hipes / Deadline:
The 89th Oscar nominations, excluding short film and documentary shorts, include seven nominees from Amazon, three from Netflix
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Peggy McGlone / Washington Post:
Newseum lays off 26 employees, about 10 percent of staff, as financial struggles continue
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