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5:45 AM ET, February 1, 2017


 Top News: 
Max Willens / Digiday:
Q&A with Michael Barbaro, host of The Daily, the New York Times' daily podcast with 15-20 minute episodes that launches Wednesday  —  In a bid to build the New York Times into a habit, the Grey Lady is getting increasingly audible.  On Wednesday, the Times will launch its first daily podcast …
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Source: WSJ editor's directive over coverage of Trump's immigration order has caused newsroom tensions, with Baker accused of “whitewashing” coverage  —  There's some upset in The Wall Street Journal newsroom over a directive from editor in chief Gerry Baker to stop using the phrase …
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.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Comparing mainstream coverage of Trump's ban with the right-wing media's, which used overwhelmingly positive headlines  —  President Trump's response Sunday afternoon to criticism of his executive orders on refugees and immigration accused the news media of getting the story wrong.  There was no “Muslim ban.”
Discussion: Vox, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Politico and NPR
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.
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, Variety, TechCrunch and Adweek
Peter Kafka / Recode:
New FCC chair Ajit Pai quietly removed a proposal to force pay-TV operators to open-source their set-top boxes from the FCC's agenda last week  —  The cable guys win one, courtesy of a Trump appointee.  —  Looks like the cable guys won't have to open their boxes after all.
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
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 …
Steve Friess / Columbia Journalism Review:
Inside the Talent Network, the Washington Post's 2.5K strong stringer hub that includes freelancers from 50 states and 52 countries  —  At the height of the 2016 war between presidential candidate Donald Trump and the media, when the campaign withheld press credentials to his rallies …
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
How media technology and Donald Trump have changed the way journalists think about describing falsehoods  —  People lie.  Yes, even presidents lie.  Especially presidents, you might argue.  And yet there's a long history in journalism of being very, very careful about saying so.
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  —  21st Century Fox executives Lachlan and James Murdoch on Monday addressed employees about President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Sources: layoffs hit the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, with cuts to bureaus in Asia and Europe