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5:50 PM ET, December 31, 2017


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John Bowden / The Hill:
In a New York Times interview, Trump says media will shift in his favor for the 2020 election because they need ratings: “they basically have to let me win”  —  predicted he will win the 2020 presidential race on Thursday due to a media shift in his favor, telling The New York Times …
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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
How The New York Times' interview with Trump happened, with the help of a lunch invitation from Christopher Ruddy, Trump's longtime confidant and CEO of Newsmax  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday, President Trump came off the 18th hole of his golf course here and walked into the club house's Grill Room.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Telegram, citing ToS, suspends public channel that incited violent anti-government protests in Iran; Telegram is a major platform with ~40M users in Iran  —  “There are lines one shouldn't cross,” says the CEO of the popular messaging app.  —  The executives of Telegram …
Ben Kentish / The Independent:
Iran blocks access to Instagram and Telegram apps amid anti-government protests  —  Authorities respond after demonstrations leave at least two dead  —  Live: New Year's Eve celebrations kick off around the world  —  Coutinho move from Liverpool to Barca accidentally confirmed by Nike
Megan Specia / New York Times:
Facebook says it removed Chechnya's Ramzan Kadyrov's accounts due to US sanctions, prompting questions on why others, like Venezuela's Maduro, are still active  —  The strongman leader of the Chechen Republic has long been a prolific social media user, filling his accounts with photos …
John Otis / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Amid shortages of paper blamed on Maduro and a dearth of ads, 24 Venezuelan newspapers stopped printing since 2013; 10 shut down altogether, 14 publish online  —  The lobby of El Carabobeño includes a display of vintage cameras, engraving plates and paper cutters from the 1930s …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
In 2017, pro-Trump media and conspiratorial hyperpartisans amplified by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube created two parallel universes of information  —  On a blistering 107-degree Phoenix evening this August, thousands came to watch Donald Trump cobble together an alternate reality.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
SEC filing: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings will receive $28.7M in stock options for 2018, a $7M+ increase, while his salary will decrease from $850K to $700K  —  Reed Hastings, Netflix's chairman and CEO, is set to receive $28.7 million in company stock options for 2018 in addition to an annual salary of $700,000.
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Verge:
Niche online communities and media grew in 2017, through Patreon, TinyLetter, “finstagrams”, and more as people looked for alternatives to Facebook and Twitter  —  Why tiny, weird online communities made a comeback in 2017  —  Americans got tired of big social media in 2017.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Media and entertainment stocks 2017: Netflix, Lionsgate, Fox, Scripps among biggest gainers percentage-wise; Discovery, Viacom, CBS among biggest losers  —  The market has spoken for 2017.  Looking at stock performance for the year, traditional media conglomerates can't match the momentum behind …
Discussion: Variety and VentureBeat
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Startups aim to provide an alternative route to internet access via VPNs and mesh networks, amid net neutrality repeal, but their approaches are as yet unproven  —  From VPNs to mesh networks, efforts to find an alternative route to internet access are gaining ground in Silicon Valley
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Financial Times:
Sources: investor Todd Boehly working to merge Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Group with Dick Clark Productions and Media Rights Capital, maker of House of Cards
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Investor's Business Daily president Jerry Ferrara says profits doubled in 2017 and digital subscriptions are up 11%+ year-to-date
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Maane Khatchatourian / Variety:
Report: China's market for online literature grew to $1.96B in 2017, up 32.1% YoY, and spawning a wave of TV, film, and game adaptations
Analysis finds that the 50 most viral fake news stories on Facebook in 2017 generated more shares, reactions, and comments than those of 2016
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Trump weighs in with a tweet on Vanity Fair's apology over Clinton video controversy, disparaging the magazine and Vogue editor Anna Wintour
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A deeper look at attitudes about “the media” in the Rust Belt shows most people are not dogmatic in their criticism, wanting fairness, depth, and accuracy
Martin Belam / The Guardian:
US court documents show Simon & Schuster was concerned that Milo Yiannopoulos' book manuscript included unsupported arguments, crude unfunny quips, and racism