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5:55 AM ET, January 21, 2018


 Top News: 
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to survey users to measure trust in publications, data will affect News Feed rankings; news will make up 4% of News Feed posts, down from 5%  —  Tech giant will rely on user surveys of trustworthiness to try to preserve objectivity  —  Facebook Inc. FB .57% plans to start ranking news sources …
Twitter to email 670K+ US users who interacted with tweets from Russia's Internet Research Agency, found 50K+ Russia-linked bots tweeting election content  —  When we appeared before the United States Congress last fall, Twitter publicly committed to regularly updating both congressional committees …
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Inside the lives of social media stars' parents who are mastering new platforms, dealing with shady agents, and focused on the physical safety of their kids  —  When then-14-year-old Jonas Bridges ran down the stairs of his Atlanta home shouting, “Dad, I've got 1,000 fans!” his father, Rob Bridges, hardly took notice.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix's new docuseries lineup includes a Vox explainer show and Flint Town, an eight-part series exploring the aftermath of Flint, Michigan's water crisis  —  Anonymous Content-produced ‘Flint Town’ will take a look at the water crisis in the Michigan community, while the untitled series …
Discussion: @tcarmody
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Twitter COO Anthony Noto, who has led Twitter's push into live video, is in talks to become SoFi's new CEO, following Mike Cagney's departure  —  SoFi has been looking for a permanent CEO since Mike Cagney resigned in September  —  Anthony Noto, a top Twitter Inc. TWTR -1.58% executive …
Lydia O'Connor / HuffPost:
Los Angeles Times employees vote 248 to 44 in favor of joining NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America union  —  A day before the vote, senior editors had made a last-ditch effort to quash the unionizing campaign.  —  Los Angeles Times staffers have voted to unionize …
Sarah Rabil / Wall Street Journal:
Ross Levinsohn, publisher and CEO of LAT, to take an unpaid leave of absence as Tronc hires outside law firm to investigate allegations of misconduct  —  Parent Tronc has hired outside law firm to investigate allegations of misconduct  —  Ross Levinsohn, the publisher and chief executive …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Tech journalist Joshua Fruhlinger and fintech company Thinknum launch Thinknum Media, which will produce public-facing stories using Thinknum's data  —  Fintech company Thinknum has lots of interesting data to sell access to.  Now it wants to build public-facing stories out of it.
Eric Johnson / Recode:
NYU professor Jay Rosen says interviewing the president no longer has any value: “It doesn't necessarily mean anything about his policies”  —  White House reporters are failing when they treat Trump like a normal president, Rosen argues on Recode Media.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Janko Rottgers / Variety:
BAMTech Media hires former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint to build and run Disney's upcoming Netflix competitor  —  Disney's BAMTech Media has hired former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint as SVP and GM, Disney SVOD Service, to build, and ultimately run, the company's upcoming Netflix competitor, Variety has learned.
Boing Boing:
Boing Boing and EFF file a motion to dismiss Playboy lawsuit that would set a dangerous precedent by making publications liable for linked content  —  A few weeks ago we were shocked to learn that Playboy had, without notifying us, sued us over this post (we learned about it when a journalist DM'ed us on Twitter to ask about it).
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Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
At Slate, podcasting has gone from zero to 25% of its revenue since 2014; Slate could become “a podcast publisher with a significant written web engine”
Discussion: Digiday
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Google suspends Reviewed Claims fact-checking feature after criticism from conservative news outlets over erroneous link debunking a Daily Caller story
Discussion: The Daily Caller
James Warren / Poynter:
Jim Kirk, formerly interim editor at The Los Angeles Times, was appointed interim editor-in-chief at the New York Daily News, which was sold to Tronc last year
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Leaked Snap memo to staff threatens them with termination, financial liability, and even jail time if they leak confidential information about the company
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Twitch debuts Video Producer that lets creators pre-record, post-produce, rerun videos; brings in four of YouTube's popular gamers to create exclusive content
Discussion: SiliconANGLE