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7:05 PM ET, November 15, 2016


 Top News: 
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Breitbart says it's planning a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a major media company over claims that it's a white nationalist site  —  Breitbart News is preparing a lawsuit against a “major media company” over claims that it is a white nationalist website, it said in an exclusive statement to The Hill.
New York Times:
Google and Facebook say they will ban fake news sites from using their advertising networks as misinformation spreads online  —  Over the last week, two of the world's biggest internet companies have faced mounting criticism over how fake news on their sites may have influenced the presidential election's outcome.
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
Facebook's business model, algorithms, and policies entrench echo chambers on all political sides, fueling the spread of misinformation  —  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Donald J. Trump's supporters were probably heartened in September, when, according to an article shared nearly a million times on Facebook …
Sheera Frenkel / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Facebook staffers form unofficial task force to review company's role in promoting fake news, challenge Zuckerberg's dismissal of concerns
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Several Politico reporters and editors have received threatening letters recently; Politico's editor and publisher send memo reassuring staff  —  Jane Eisner, the editor in chief of the Forward, told this blog several days before the Nov. 8 election: “I don't think this is going away no matter what happens [on Election Day].
Discussion: Vox, @gbrotman and @resnikoff
Sources: Snap Inc. has filed confidentially for its IPO  —  Messaging app Snapchat has filed confidentially with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an initial public offering (IPO), sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.  —  The filing puts the Venice …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
AMC Networks buys minority stake in Funny or Die; Jennifer Caserta, president of AMC cable channel IFC, will join Funny or Die board  —  AMC Networks has bought a minority stake in Funny or Die with the goal of generating wide-ranging collaborations between the digital service founded …
Dustin Walsh / Crain's Detroit Business:
The Detroit News offers buyouts to all newsroom employees, with a November 22 deadline for acceptances  —  The Detroit News is offering a buyout to all of its editorial employees in an attempt to meet its 2017 budget requirement, Managing Editor Gary Miles confirmed to Crain's on Tuesday.
Discussion: Deadline Detroit
Bloomberg Media:
Joe Weisenthal promoted to executive editor of news at Bloomberg Digital  —  Bloomberg Digital Senior Executive Editor Jared Sandberg sent the following memo to staff today:  —  From: Jared Sandberg  —  I'm thrilled to announce that Joe Weisenthal is taking a new expanded role as Digital's Executive Editor of News.
Discussion: @justin_b_smith and FishbowlNY
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
New York Magazine launches an e-commerce site, The Strategist, with more projects in development, including a live event or video series for The Cut  —  New York Media, operator of New York Magazine, Vulture and The Cut, has launched The Strategist and made two key promotions for future digital growth.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons to play lead role in BuzzFeed Motion Pictures movie, Brother Orange; he has been cast as BuzzFeed editor Matt Stopera  —  Warner Bros. is working with BuzzFeed Motion Pictures to tell the true story of the internet phenomenon.  —  The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons …
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 More News: 
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu acquires The Video Genome Project to enhance personalized recommendations for its new streaming service slated for 2017
Discussion: Variety and Broadcasting & Cable
Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Russia Today staff upset as channel could give show to alt-right pundit Katie Hopkins, part of what they feel is a shift towards a right-wing audience
Brian Stelter, Margaret Sullivan, Ken Doctor, and others on how the media missed the wave of support for Trump, and what comes next for journalism
Discussion: @facklernyt
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Since Trump's victory on November 8, Atlantic sees 160% boost in subscriptions and NYT gets four times more print and digital sign-ups than usual
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Longtime PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill, co-host of PBS' NewsHour and moderator of Washington Week, has died at 61