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10:00 AM ET, January 15, 2017


 Top News: 
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
After Trump's confrontational press conference, the media needs to start treating the president-elect like a hostile witness rather than try to curry favor  —  In courtroom TV dramas, when a witness is testifying and starts to lie or refuses to answer, the lawyer asking the questions …
Alexey Kovalev:
A Russian journalist who writes about propaganda lays out parallels between Putin's yearly pressers and Trump's first news conference  —  Congratulations, US media!  You've just covered your first press conference of an authoritarian leader with a massive ego and a deep disdain for your trade and everything you hold dear.
Jessi Hempel / Backchannel:
How BitTorrent has failed to find a successful business model despite its widely used protocol and has pursued a costly, fruitless path under new leadership  —  How a group of valley outsiders blew through the company's cash and nearly left it for dead.  —  Last April, a pair …
Discussion: Fortune
David Gauvey Herbert / Bloomberg:
How News Corp-owned Storyful has emerged as a prominent fact checker by working with news outlets, releasing a Chrome extension to vet video, and more  —  Storyful is using bots to sic reporters on viral hoaxes.  —  by  —  Subscribe Reprints  —  For seven years, Storyful …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton stepping down, will become chairman of the board of Snap Inc., where he was an early investor  —  LOS ANGELES — The chief executive of Sony's underperforming entertainment division, Michael Lynton, announced Friday that he would step down to focus …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Outgoing FCC chair Tom Wheeler uses his final public speech to make a case for maintaining net neutrality  —  The outgoing head of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, used his final public speech to make a closing argument for maintaining net neutrality, the signature achievement of his time at the agency.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Washington Post starts hiring for video expansion, posts about 30 new jobs for producing and hosting web videos  —  This year's growth spurt at The Washington Post includes about 30 new jobs producing and hosting web videos.  —  The video expansion, recently green-lit by Post owner Jeff Bezos …
Discussion: @docubrent and Washington Post
Colin McMahon / RedEye:
Chicago's RedEye print tabloid scales back to a once-a-week edition on Thursdays, will keep social media accounts and its newsletter  —  RedEye has always been a creature of the times.  —  When it was created nearly 15 years ago, RedEye was the go-to news and entertainment source for Chicagoans traveling the CTA.
Discussion: Robert Feder
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Former Breitbart News reporters are launching a pro-Trump advocacy group, the America First Project, with a media arm called Big League Politics  —  Patrick Howley, a former Breitbart News reporter, left the site under vague circumstances back in November.  Howley told me at the time that he was leaving …
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Angelique Chrisafis / The Guardian:
French daily newspaper Le Parisien abandons opinion polls in run-up to presidential vote, shifting focus from horse race journalism to on-the-ground reporting
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Kate Bennett and Hunter Schwarz are leaving the Independent Journal Review for CNN, where they will launch a newsletter and work as White House reporters
Jasper Jackson / The Guardian:
BBC commits a team to debunk false stories masquerading as real news and being shared on social media
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The tabloid press, whose bogus stories are amplified by Drudge, Hannity, and Breitbart, is poised to become a chief propaganda arm of the Trump administration
 Earlier Picks: 
Claire Wardle / First Draft News:
First Draft launches NewsCheck Chrome extension allowing users to investigate authenticity of online images or videos
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
WSJ says a libel lawsuit brought by Sheldon Adelson against one of its reporters, Kate O'Keefe, has been settled; no money is being paid to settle the suit
Amanda Taub / New York Times:
Research says Americans' bias against the political party they oppose is so strong that it acts as a partisan prism for facts, which fuels the rise of fake news