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7:40 PM ET, January 1, 2017


 Top News: 
Kate Sheppard / The Huffington Post:
WSJ EIC Gerard Baker says his publication likely won't call a Trump falsehood a “lie” because the word implies intent to mislead, will let readers decide  —  “I'd be careful about using the word ‘lie,’” says Gerard Baker.  —  WASHINGTON Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker …
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!
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
WaPo's inaccurate story claiming Russians hacked US electric grid, weeks after debunked Russian propaganda post, is reminiscent of pre-Iraq war fearmongering  —  The Washington Post on Friday reported a genuinely alarming event: Russian hackers have penetrated the U.S. power system through an electrical grid in Vermont.
NPR Extra:
How NPR One app delivers relevant stories via algorithmic personalization but adds serendipity, double checks your preferences via occasional random suggestions  —  Algorithms are a crucial part of how the news reaches you in a digital world.  But we know many people find them opaque and controversial.
Diana Marszalek / Broadcasting & Cable:
AT&T's DirecTV and U-Verse drop Cox Media Group TV stations in 10 markets  —  U-Verse and DirecTV subscribers have lost access to 13 stations in 10 markets  —  With the midnight deadline for reaching a retransmission consent agreement come eand gone, DirectTV and AT&T U-Verse …
Jackie Spinner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Chicago's top daily newspapers, including the Tribune and the Sun-Times, credit the Cubs Effect for giving a bigger boost to revenue than the Trump Effect  —  The election of Donald Trump may be driving a surprising bump in newspaper subscriptions in New York and Washington, DC.
Discussion: @frankluntz
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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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
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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
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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