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1:20 PM ET, January 29, 2017


 Top News: 
Ethan Zuckerman / Deutsche Welle:
News media landscape is changing with the spread of fake news, propaganda, and “disinformatzya,” and these variants must be treated with different techniques  —  Fake news, propaganda and “disinformatzya” are changing the media landscape - in the US, Russia and Turkey and across the world.
Discussion: @dmlresearchhub
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
New study finds the use of warnings on fake stories alongside real news can mitigate the spread of misinformation  —  Research conducted by social psychologists at Cambridge University in the UK, and Yale and George Mason in the US, offers a potential strategy for mitigating the spread …
The Guardian:
George Orwell experts on how the Trump era shares aspects of the dystopian world of 1984  —  Since Kellyanne Conway spoke of ‘alternative facts’, Nineteen Eighty-Four has hit the No 1 spot in Amazon's book sales chart.  So, is the age of Newspeak here? … Jean Seaton: The seeds were sown during the George W Bush era
Discussion: New Matilda and @penamerican
Lauren Katz / Vox:
Q&A with Lauren Naturale, the person behind the Merriam-Webster dictionary's sassy Twitter account  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway coined a new term this weekend: “alternative facts.”  And the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a 186-year-old authority on English language use, had to weigh in.
Discussion: @mprnews, Recode, @npr and Digiday
Mark Harris / Vulture:
Trump's long tenure in the entertainment industry has given him a warped view of journalists as publicists who dole out uncritical media praise  —  Donald Trump's presidency has opened, and the reviews are raves!  I know this because of a press release the White House issued on Wednesday morning.
Discussion: @nymag
Ted Johnson / Variety:
ISPs, studios, and record labels end the four-year-old copyright alert system that sent warnings to users over P2P downloads of pirated content  —  Major internet providers are ending a four-year-old system in which consumers received “copyright alerts” when they viewed peer-to-peer pirated content.
Discussion: Engadget and Multichannel News
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The flood of leaks now coming out of the White House suggest that Trump's aides have resorted to influencing him through a public airing of grievances  —  All White Houses leak.  Sometimes the leaks are big, sometimes small.  But there are always people willing to talk to reporters about the …
Discussion: New York Times
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Melania Trump wins the first round in a libel suit she filed against a Maryland blogger who claimed she worked as a “high-end escort”  —  First Lady Melania Trump prevailed Friday in the first round of a libel suit she filed against a Maryland blogger over a report he published …
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Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Upworthy is merging with Good Worldwide, a media and consulting company; about 20 staffers from both companies have been let go
Carlos Greer / Page Six:
Sources: NBC is canceling the third hour of Today to make way for Megyn Kelly, who starts in September and will take over the 9AM or 10AM slot
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Frontline annotated Trump's Road to the White House script to test new navigation and sharing techniques for films, provide alternate options for interaction