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12:40 PM ET, January 2, 2018


 Top News: 
Eun Kyung Kim /
Hoda Kotb is named co-anchor of the Today show, replacing Matt Lauer who was fired  —  Hoda Kotb has been named the co-anchor of TODAY, making her official debut Tuesday just after an announcement by NBC News Chairman Andy Lack.  —  Kotb, 53, will join Savannah Guthrie at the anchor desk during …
Liena Zagare / BKLYNER:
Brooklyn-based local news site Bklyner remains open after 1,745 subscribers sign up; Editor Liena Zagare estimates it will need 3K subscribers to be sustainable  —  The reason you're reading this is because 1,745 of you chose to pay for local news.  So we are going to keep publishing.
Justin McCurry / The Guardian:
YouTube star Logan Paul has apologized after posting a video of the body of an alleged suicide victim he found in a Japanese forest; the video was removed  —  American YouTuber joked with friends on film after coming across the apparent suicide victim  —  The celebrity YouTuber Logan Paul …
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
A study of 2,525 Americans' web browsing histories showed false news accounted for just 1% of Clinton supporters' overall news diets and 6% of Trump supporters'  —  Fake news evolved from seedy internet sideshow to serious electoral threat so quickly that behavioral scientists had little …
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Groups skeptical of climate change are gaming Google's largely automated ad systems to promote misleading claims that reject established climate science
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Vevo says it broke even in 2017, with revenue rising 30% YoY to ~$650M, and expects to be profitable in early 2018  —  Vevo, the music video company owned by a group of leading record labels, increased its revenues by 30 per cent in 2017 thanks to swelling global audiences for high-budget pop star videos.
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Network of 300 prominent Hollywood women launch an initiative to tackle sexual harassment in Hollywood and blue collar workplaces  —  Driven by outrage and a resolve to correct a power imbalance that seemed intractable just months ago, 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers …
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
Analysis: celebrity YouTubers like PewDiePie, Zoella, and DanTDM are witnessing slowing growth in subscribers and monthly views  —  YouTube blogger Zoe Sugg, known as Zoella, poses during a photocall for her debut novel “Girl Online” in London November 24, 2014
Discussion: hypebot and @lonseidman
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
The Washington Post is launching two newsletters, covering cybersecurity/defense and technology, and will hire four journalists to support this growth  —  The Washington Post continues to expand its successful 202 newsletter franchise into two new policy sectors: one newsletter will focus …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook is the official live-streaming partner for the 75th annual Golden Globes red-carpet show, after securing a deal with Dick Clark Productions and HFPA  —  Facebook is the exclusive official live-streaming platform for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards red-carpet show.
Discussion: TechCrunch and @aaforthewinyay
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Citi analysts say there is a 40% chance Apple will acquire Netflix, as Trump's corporate tax cut will leave the company with significant cash reserves for M&A  —  There is a 40% likelihood that Apple will acquire Netflix now that US President Trump's corporate tax cut has been passed …
Discussion: Forbes, and Fortune
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Source: private equity firm Rizvi Traverse in talks to acquire remaining 35% stake in Playboy it doesn't own, may ditch the magazine's print edition  —  Company switches focus to licensing, branding deals in post-Hefner era  —  The death of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is ushering in a new era …
Discussion: @theperezhilton
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 More News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Ex-Current TV President David Bohrman is launching the Political Voices Network, an OTT video service catering to progressive Americans
Discussion: Deadline
Study shows Facebook's hate speech rules are unevenly enforced, with the company agreeing its censors made mistakes on 22 of 49 posts submitted for explanation
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As the fourth-largest US bookstore chain, Book World, closes and Barnes & Noble remains the top chain, Amazon is set to take the No. 4 spot by number of outlets
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Snap blocked public snaps from area around its New Years Eve party in LA, reported to have cost $4M, but some posted to Instagram, including performer Drake
Discussion: Business Insider
 Earlier Picks: 
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed News' Media Editor Craig Silverman helped popularize the term “fake news” and watched as it became politicized by Trump and the alt right
James Warren / Poynter:
Jeff Kittay, creator of the academic journal Lingua Franca, has launched a new site covering the food industry, called the New Food Economy
Discussion: Vanity Fair