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7:45 AM ET, January 29, 2017


 Top News: 
Nick Bilton / Vanity Fair:
New audio and video technologies that can easily recreate any person's likeness will make fake stories harder to detect  —  What we saw in the 2016 election is nothing compared to what we need to prepare for in 2020.  —  Less than a month after Donald Trump was improbably elected …
Lauren Katz / Vox:
Q&A with Lauren Naturale, the person behind the Merriam-Webster dictionary's sassy Twitter account  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway coined a new term this weekend: “alternative facts.”  And the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a 186-year-old authority on English language use, had to weigh in.
Discussion: @npr, Recode, Digiday and Adweek
The Guardian:
George Orwell experts on how the Trump era shares aspects of the dystopian world of 1984  —  Since Kellyanne Conway spoke of ‘alternative facts’, Nineteen Eighty-Four has hit the No 1 spot in Amazon's book sales chart.  So, is the age of Newspeak here? … Jean Seaton: The seeds were sown during the George W Bush era
Discussion: New Matilda and @livesurreal
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Melania Trump wins the first round in a libel suit she filed against a Maryland blogger who claimed she worked as a “high-end escort”  —  First Lady Melania Trump prevailed Friday in the first round of a libel suit she filed against a Maryland blogger over a report he published …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Internet Service Providers, Studios and Record Labels Call It Quits on Copyright Alert System  —  Major internet providers are ending a four-year-old system in which consumers received “copyright alerts” when they viewed peer-to-peer pirated content.  —  The ISPs, studios …
Discussion: Multichannel News and Engadget
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
New study finds the use of warnings on fake stories alongside real news can mitigate the spread of misinformation  —  Research conducted by social psychologists at Cambridge University in the UK, and Yale and George Mason in the US, offers a potential strategy for mitigating the spread …
Mark Harris / Vulture:
Trump's long tenure in the entertainment industry has given him a warped view of journalists as publicists who dole out uncritical media praise  —  Donald Trump's presidency has opened, and the reviews are raves!  I know this because of a press release the White House issued on Wednesday morning.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The flood of leaks now coming out of the White House suggest that Trump's aides have resorted to influencing him through a public airing of grievances  —  All White Houses leak.  Sometimes the leaks are big, sometimes small.  But there are always people willing to talk to reporters about the …
Discussion: New York Times
Carlos Greer / Page Six:
Sources: NBC is canceling the third hour of Today to make way for Megyn Kelly, who starts in September and will take over the 9AM or 10AM slot  —  More On:  —  NBC is canceling the third hour of “Today” to make way for new star Megyn Kelly, sources exclusively confirm to Page Six.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
An estimated one-third of Canadian journalism jobs have been lost since 2010, says a new report, which offers 12 ways to safeguard the future of Canadian news
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Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Upworthy is merging with Good Worldwide, a media and consulting company; about 20 staffers from both companies have been let go
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NYT hires Toronto Star columnist Catherine Porter as its Toronto bureau chief; a Times editor says the paper has 44K subs in Canada, a 47% increase since 2015
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In an interview, WH chief strategist Steve Bannon says the media should “keep its mouth shut”, calls it “the opposition party”, citing NYT and WaPo by name