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8:40 PM ET, December 31, 2016

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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Jack Dorsey says Twitter is “thinking a lot” about an edit-tweet button, also considering bookmarks, better threading, and multiple interest-based timelines  —  He also wants to know what else you want him to build.  —  You've probably dreamed of directing Twitter's product strategy — well, here's your chance!
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Anil Dash / Medium:
Ideas to fix Twitter: show you can ship new features, handle abuse transparently, revamp metrics, understand different user types, and embrace developers  —  Jack asked us for ideas on how to fix Twitter.  A coherent plan for fixing Twitter would make millions of people happier …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Daring Fireball
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Milo Yiannopoulos signs an autobiographical book deal with Threshold Editions, a Simon & Schuster imprint; sources say the advance is $250K  —  “They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off.  Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened," says Yiannopoulos.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold tells the behind-the-scenes story of his year covering Trump, from charitable giving to the Access Hollywood tape  —  “Arnold and Tim, if you'd come up, we're going to give you a nice, beautiful check," Donald Trump said.
James Risen / New York Times:
Obama's record of going after both journalists and sources has set a dangerous precedent that Trump can exploit  —  WASHINGTON — If Donald J. Trump decides as president to throw a whistle-blower in jail for trying to talk to a reporter, or gets the F.B.I. to spy on a journalist …
Gordon Fairclough / Wall Street Journal:
Turkish Authorities Detain Wall Street Journal Staff Reporter Dion Nissenbaum for 2½ Days  —  American journalist held without access to lawyers or family, leaves Turkey for U.S. after release  —  Turkish authorities detained a Wall Street Journal staff reporter for 2½ days this past week …
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer says “business as usual is over” as social media outreach will take a larger role alongside news conferences  —  ‘Business as usual is over,’ the incoming White House press secretary says.  —  President-elect Donald Trump owes …
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
With a January 1 deadline, Comcast's NBCUniversal and Charter hit a standoff in cable TV carriage deal talks  —  NBCUniversal and Charter Communications are in a negotiation standoff that could see millions of customers lose access to NBCU-owned channels beginning Jan. 1.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
After years of rejecting the “media company” label, Twitter is hiring Periscope editors, broadcasting news alerts, and airing premium live video  —  If you're wondering whether Twitter views itself as a media company or not, take a look at its careers page.
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Alessandro Sabatelli / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter introduces live 360-degree videos on Periscope and Twitter from select partners
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
A fake news problem is emerging among left-leaning media outlets as they jump on thin or false stories that reinforce a political point or play into a narrative  —  The tale went something like this: A Jewish couple was forced to pull its child out of school so the family could “flee” …
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Honest Few is a service that gives users a free e-book in exchange for promotion on social media; its library is limited though, with only 59 titles currently  —  With e-book libraries, Amazon Prime Reading and the plethora of online services available putting free publications in your various devices …
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
In staff memo, BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith predicts that in 2017 fake news will become more sophisticated, hoaxes will have higher production value, more  —  BuzzFeed's editor-in-chief, Ben Smith, predicted in a year-end memo to his staff Thursday that so-called fake news would thrive more than ever in 2017.
 
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Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tronc Chairman Michael Ferro increases stake in company to nearly 25%, the maximum he can own, as he buys 2.5M more shares for $37.5M
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