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3:10 PM ET, January 12, 2018

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Zuckerberg says News Feed will focus on what friends share, de-emphasize content from publishers and brands as it moves to favor interactions over passive posts  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook introduced sweeping changes to the kinds of posts, videos and photos that its more than two billion members …
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Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Facebook's News Feed changes liberate the media industry from Facebook's whims; journalism engineered for an algorithm is not journalism, it's marketing  —  Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the New York Times that the social network will revamp its news feed to emphasize “meaningful interaction” between friends and family.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers briefed on News Feed changes say Facebook told them reputable publishers will also be surfaced, though term was undefined, traffic impact was unclear  —  The end is nigh.  Facebook is planning a major change to its news feed, starting as early as next week, that will decisively favor user content …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
How news outlets handled the decision to repeat President Trump's “shithole” comment, and why some editors decided readers needed to see the word  —  Lester Holt opened the “NBC Nightly News” on Thursday with a parental warning: “This may not be appropriate for some of our younger viewers.”
Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast:
Leaked DAU metrics from April to September show that only 20% of Snapchat users consume content from Discover Edition daily  —  Snapchat takes its secrecy seriously.  Very, very seriously.  —  Take the case of one former Snapchat employee.  On his first day, he was forced to sit through …
Scott Nover / Poynter:
Critics fault BBC for uneven application of rules that prevent journalists who publicly support Carrie Gracie and equal pay from covering the topic  —  Carrie Gracie's resignation sent shock waves through Britain.  Gracie, the former China editor for BBC News, resigned from her post Sunday …
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Helena Horton / Telegraph:
BBC lets John Humphrys keep presenting on equal pay despite Humphrys being accused of mocking Carrie Gracie's equal pay stand in breach of impartiality rules  —  The BBC has said John Humphrys will continue to present segments on Equal Pay - because the broadcaster does not feel his comments …
TechCrunch:
Source: Verizon is working on an OTT offering that could package channels focusing on news, entertainment, and sports as standalone apps, using Oath content  —  Jan 12, 2018, 4:23 amJan 12, 2018, 8:39 am  —  At CES, the big consumer electronics show underway this week in Las Vegas …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Screenshots show the coordinated harassment campaigns against conservative media by Twitter trolls who support far-right congressional candidate Paul Nehlen  —  When Steve Bannon, Breitbart, and other conservatives cut ties with far-right activist and congressional candidate Paul Nehlen …
Robert Mackey / The Intercept:
A group of Dutch journalists collectively pressed the new US ambassador about a false claim he made, in contrast to how US outlets handle Trump's false claims  —  White House correspondents who routinely allow the president of the United States to repeat false claims unchallenged should study …
 
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Kevin Cullen / BostonGlobe.com:
Publisher of the Boston Herald, Pat Purcell, defends his salary as the newspaper goes up for sale amid bankruptcy, likely shedding pension liabilities
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Xinhua News Agency rebuilds newsroom around AI, introduces “Media Brain”, a platform integrating cloud computing, Internet of Things, and AI in news production
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Jessica DiNapoli / Reuters:
Sources: Peter Thiel joins other bidders in making an offer in bankruptcy court for Gawker's remaining assets, including domains and 200K+ articles
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google to vet videos in the Google Preferred ad program with human moderators and AI, after concerns from marketers over videos including Logan Paul's
Pew Research Center:
Pew study of 38 countries shows US with the largest partisan gap on whether people see news media as covering political issues fairly, at 34 percentage points
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Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Sources: Breitbart CEO Larry Solov and Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow say they won't immediately name a Bannon replacement or make other staff changes