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5:00 PM ET, January 11, 2017


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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Intelligence experts urge caution about Trump dossier, describing the findings contained in it as “raw” intelligence, with some finding the report dubious  —  In the hours since a private firm's intelligence document leaked to the web, alleging 35 pages of President-elect Donald …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
BuzzFeed publishes unverified documents alleging ties between Trump aides and Russian operatives and that Russia has “compromising information” about Trump  —  So that “Americans can make up their own minds.”  —  BuzzFeed has published a cache of documents …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
BuzzFeed's decision to publish an unverified report sets a risky precedent for journalism and will have repercussions if it turns out to be wholly inaccurate  —  In distributing a set of inflammatory allegations that it admitted it could not vouch for, BuzzFeed sidestepped a basic principle of journalism.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
BuzzFeed stepped over the line when it published unverified smears dressed up as an intelligence report meant to damage Trump  —  Where does transparency meet irresponsibility?  Right about at the line that BuzzFeed's editor Ben Smith approached on Tuesday — and decided to step over in the name of serving citizens' best interests.
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti tells staffers that he supports Ben Smith's decision to post unverified 35-page dossier  —  BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti told staffers Wednesday that he supported editor in chief Ben Smith's decision to publish an unverified 35-page dossier alleging …
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
CNN's Jim Acosta says Donald Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told him he could be removed from future press conferences if he challenges PEOTUS again  —  Following a highly contentious exchange with President-elect Donald Trump at his first press conference since late July, CNN's Jim Acosta gave a rundown of his confrontation with Trump.
Albert Burneko / The Concourse:
BuzzFeed reporters were right to post a dossier with extraordinary claims about President-elect Trump, passed around for weeks at highest levels of government  —  As you're likely aware by now, yesterday evening BuzzFeed published a dossier of allegations about Donald Trump …
News organizations have known about the Trump dossier for months but reporters at the NYT, Washington Post, and Politico were unable to verify its claims  —  ABOUT THAT MEMO... Yes, the memo that CNN reported on and the memo that BuzzFeed later posted is salacious.  The information is also mostly unverifiable.
Seth Kelley / Variety:
Donald Trump calls BuzzFeed “a failing piece of garbage” and refuses to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta, telling him: “You are fake news”  —  Donald Trump fired multiple shots at the media — particularly BuzzFeed and CNN — on Wednesday during his first press conference in six months.
Fidji Simo / Facebook Media:
Facebook launches the Facebook Journalism Project to collaborate on news products, offer training and tools for journalists, and curb fake news  —  Facebook is a new kind of platform and we want to do our part to enable people to have meaningful conversations, to be informed and to be connected to each other.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Techdirt's existence is threatened by costs of fighting $15M libel suit brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, represented by Charles Harder, who won against Gawker  —  As you may have heard, last week we were sued for $15 million by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email.
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Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Instagram will put full-screen, auto-playing ads in its Stories feature, which now has 150M daily active users five months after launch  —  If you're one of the millions of Instagram users who likes the service's recently added “Stories” sharing feature, get ready to see more ads inserted between your friends' clips in the near future.
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
How Medium can beef up its publishing features, with friction-free newsletter and subscription systems, promotional tools, better analytics, more  —  There is a need for platform such as Medium.  Its only way up is monetizing quality using a two-sided, paid-for system.  —  I am a huge fan of Medium.
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