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2:50 PM ET, December 15, 2016


 Top News: 
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
To fight fake news, Facebook tests easier hoax reporting, partners with fact checking organizations to flag disputed stories, more  —  For weeks, Facebook has faced questions about its role in spreading fake news.  The intense scrutiny has caused internal divisions at the social network …
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Pew report: 64% of American adults believe fake news is sowing confusion about basic facts, while 23% of Americans say they've shared a made-up story  —  All that fake news has taken its toll.  —  Nearly two-thirds of American adults (64%) believe that fabricated news stories have caused …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is relying on unpaid third-parties, such as Snopes and AP, to assess fake news, which will get a warning label and lower ranking in the News Feed  —  Snopes,, Politifact and ABC News will help Facebook make good on four of the six promises Mark Zuckerberg …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump attacks Vanity Fair and its editor Graydon Carter on Twitter, after the magazine published a negative review of Trump Grill, a steakhouse in Trump Tower  —  on Thursday blasted Vanity Fair, claiming the magazine was in “big trouble.”  —  “Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers …
Bloomberg News:
Source: Verizon is looking to get a price cut or exit the $4.8B Yahoo deal after company discloses 1B accounts hacked in 2013; Yahoo stock down 5%  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is exploring a price cut or possible exit from its $4.83 billion pending acquisition of Yahoo! Inc. …
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Monica Crowley, conservative radio host and Fox News analyst, is expected to join the Trump administration as a deputy national security advisor  —  Monica Crowley, a conservative radio host and Fox News analyst, is expected to be tapped by the Trump administration …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
NBCUniversal will launch the Olympic Channel in second half of 2017, to be carried by AT&T and DirecTV; more carriage deals expected  —  Yemane Haileselassie of Eritrea competes in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase final in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Aug. 17.  (Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)
NJ newspapers could lose $20M a year if bill passes allowing local governments to forego publishing legal notices in print and instead post them online  —  A fast-tracked bill that would allow governments to forgo publishing budgets, bids for services and other public records in newspapers …
New York Times:
The New York Times launches a confidential tips page with secure communication channels for sources, including SecureDrop, Signal, and WhatsApp  —  A strong news tip will have several components.  Documentation or evidence is essential.  Speculating or having a hunch does not rise to the level of a tip.
Democratic FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says he will resign on January 20, which will allow a new Republican majority to begin dismantling Obama-era regulations  —  Democratic FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said today he would resign, ending months of will-he or won't-he speculation about his plans.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Twitter's rule against inciting harassment means it could ban President-Elect Trump, but free speech advocates argue his tweets have value  —  If Twitter wanted to, it would be well within its rights to suspend Donald J. Trump's account.  —  After the president-elect used Twitter last week …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Memo: Politico ends Julia Ioffe's contract after she sends vulgar tweet about Trump, reiterates that its journalists should not share opinion on any platform  —  Politico has terminated its contract with magazine writer Julia Ioffe after she sent a tweet that referenced a possible incestuous …
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