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11:45 AM ET, January 13, 2018

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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.
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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 …
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
Noreen Malone / The Cut:
Footage from January 2016 shows MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews joking about a “Bill Cosby pill” during Hillary Clinton interview setup; Matthews apologizes  —  On January 5, 2016, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews interviewed Hillary Clinton in an Iowa fire station during the Democratic primary season.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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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 Wrap:
Sources: Viacom and CBS vice-chairwoman Shari Redstone to consider a merger of the two media companies; Redstone's National Amusements controls both companies  —  Viacom and CBS vice-chairwoman Shari Redstone is pursuing a merger of the two media companies that split more than a decade ago …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Without Ailes, “there's absolutely no direction”, says Fox host; hosts, producers and executives worry about Fox's future with so much programming tied to Trump  —  With Roger Ailes gone, the network's chief de-facto programmer is the president.  “He has the same embattled view as a typical Fox viewer.”
Discussion: Bustle and Washington Post
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
FX study: in 2017, led by streaming services, the number of original shows hit a new high of 487; number of new basic cable series has been falling since 2015  —  “Virtually all the growth is and will be coming out of streaming services,” John Landgraf says.  —  The Peak TV bubble isn't bursting quite yet.
Jamie Williams / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The Ninth Circuit says scraping in violation of a site's ToS is not a crime when taking the data itself is permitted, in recent Oracle v. Rimini case  —  Good news out of the Ninth Circuit: the federal court of appeals heeded EFF's advice and rejected an attempt by Oracle to hold …
Discussion: Boing Boing
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 …
 
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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
Kevin Cullen / The Boston Globe:
Publisher of the Boston Herald, Pat Purcell, defends his salary as the newspaper goes up for sale amid bankruptcy, likely shedding pension liabilities
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