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10:50 PM ET, January 31, 2017


 Top News: 
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
WSJ EIC Gerry Baker instructed staff to stop calling countries banned by Trump as majority Muslim, then retreats to say term should not be only description used  —  Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerry Baker has instructed editors to stop referring to the countries targeted …
Lewis Wallace:
Marketplace reporter Lewis Wallace, a transgender man, fired over personal blog post questioning neutrality and objectivity in the Trump era  —  On Monday I was fired from my job as a journalist at Marketplace, where I have worked as a news reporter since May 2016.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is now training its News Feed algorithm to detect authenticity of posts to reduce the promotion of spammy, fake, and sensational stories  —  Facebook is prioritizing “authentic” content in News Feed with a ranking algorithm change that detects and promotes content “that people consider genuine …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Facebook announces new partnerships with third-party ad-tech firms to improve quality of measurement data and show marketers how its ads perform compared to TV  —  Facebook is refining its ad measurement offerings to give marketers more information about their campaigns on its ad platform.
Discussion: Facebook, TechCrunch, Variety and Adweek
David Shepardson / Reuters:
As FCC chairman, Ajit Pai says he plans to rollback unnecessary commission regulations but declined to comment on net neutrality or the AT&T-Time Warner merger
Discussion: Multichannel News
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Sources: layoffs hit the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, with cuts to bureaus in Asia and Europe  —  Layoffs hit The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.  —  Details were scant, but sources said the cuts were happening in Journal bureaus in Europe and Asia.
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Interview with Jeff Jobe, a Kentucky publisher and Trump supporter, scheduled to be one of first four journalists to Skype in for a White House press briefing  —  Jeff Jobe is less than 24 hours away from the most high-profile moment of his career.  —  The publisher of six weekly community newspapers …
Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:
Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos' company, Amazon, joins Washington State's lawsuit against Trump's Muslim ban  —  The attorney general of Washington state filed a lawsuit Monday challenging President Donald Trump's controversial immigration order, and he's counting two Washington-based companies …
Discussion: Business Insider, @amzam and @macloo
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
In internal memo, Fox execs James and Lachlan Murdoch say they're helping staff affected by the Muslim ban and note the company was founded by immigrants
Todd Spangler / Variety:
WSJ: Facebook building video app for Apple TV and other set-top boxes as it ramps up its original programming efforts  —  Facebook is developing an app for set-top boxes including Apple TV, as a way to bring longer-form video content — and video ads — to big-screen TVs in consumers' living rooms, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
How White House press secretary Sean Spicer continues to target CNN correspondent Jim Acosta and why it matters  —  Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, made a couple of compelling points last night at a George Washington University event on White House reporting.
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Joe Tidy / Sky News:
The UK government's Culture, Media and Sport Committee launches an inquiry into fake news; its chairman says social networks must take responsibility
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