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5:45 AM ET, February 6, 2017


 Top News: 
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
Tensions over immigration complicate the planning of Super Bowl ads, which now cost an average of $5M for 30 seconds  —  The Super Bowl is a popular destination for commercials showcasing premium water, candy and beer — but politics can make it a difficult forum.
Jose Pagliery / CNNMoney:
CEO of Russia's XBT, which owns Webzilla and invested in Prisma app, sues BuzzFeed and Ben Smith for posting Trump dossier; BuzzFeed has now redacted CEO's name  —  A Russian technology executive has sued BuzzFeed and its editor Ben Smith for publishing the unverified Trump dossier, calling it …
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
Digital media startup Odyssey lays off 55 people, over a third of its employees, less than a year after raising $25M  —  Digital media startup Odyssey has laid off 55 people, slashing over a third of its full-time, paid staff less than a year after raising $25 million, CEO Evan Burns confirmed to Business Insider.
Discussion: @ungarino, @trengriffin, @jbenton and @rafat
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Once merely embarrassing and ridiculous, attending the White House correspondents' dinner is poised to become an act of journalistic self-abasement  —  Once merely embarrassing and ridiculous, the annual White House correspondents' dinner is poised to tip over into journalistic self-abasement.
Shelley Hepworth / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Olivia Nuzzi on her new role at New York magazine and the antagonism between the Trump administration and the White House press corps  —  Politico named Olivia Nuzzi one of the breakout media stars of the 2016 election thanks to her political reporting for The Daily Beast.
Alexandra Ellerbeck / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Surveillance of journalists and court orders puts Canada's press freedom at risk  —  On February 6, VICE News reporter Ben Makuch is due to appear in court to appeal an order requesting that he hand over details of his communication with a source.  The hearing comes ahead of a day of action …
David Mack / BuzzFeed:
Trump posted a false news report to his Facebook page Thursday on a Kuwaiti immigration ban that didn't happen, got 68K+ shares, and still hasn't removed it  —  The report claimed that Kuwait had also issued a visa ban on several Muslim-majority countries after President Trump's immigration order.
Discussion: Politicus USA
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Bill Simmons on The Ringer's first year, his canceled HBO show and what ESPN got right  —  “The one thing that's not a problem for us is money.”  —  Last year Bill Simmons launched a media company and a TV show.  —  Now the TV show is gone, cancelled by HBO while its first season was still playing out.
Tim Hume / VICE News:
Germany struggles to fight anti-migrant fake news amid fears it could influence its election  —  In December, Renate Künast, a senior politician from Germany's left-wing party The Greens, was swamped with furious criticism after her remarks about a high-profile murder went viral on Facebook.
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Reddit's /r/worldnews community used a series of nudges to push users to fact-check suspicious news  —  “We found a method that can invite a much wider readership into the work of dealing with this problem, and at scale.”  —  To curb the spread of unreliable news, should news organizations …
Discussion: @s_m_i
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Iran-focused app developer IranCubator debuts RadiTo, an Android podcast app that evades Iran's censors, giving Iranians and foreign pubs a broadcast platform  —  Reza Ghazinouri remembers the importance of pirate radio as a teenager growing up in in the city of Mashhad in northeast Iran.
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
The closure of Canada's Guelph Mercury last year offers a case study of what happens when a mid-sized city loses its last daily newspaper  —  “This problem is creeping up the ladder, from the small town that has 10,000 people to the decent-sized community that has 50,000 people to, now, a place that has over 100,000."
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Franziska Kues / Poynter:
Persecuted at home in Turkey, two journalists launch a website to publish independent journalism about Turkey from the relative safety of Germany
Discussion: @poynter
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James Rainey / Variety:
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Discussion: The Wrap