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11:40 PM ET, January 1, 2018

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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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NYT's Baquet responds to criticism over 2016 story that said the FBI saw no clear link between Trump and Russia, saying they would cast story differently now  —  It was a week before the 2016 presidential election that the New York Times wrote this headline: “Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia.”
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ProPublica:
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  —  We asked Facebook about its handling of 49 posts that might be deemed offensive.  The company acknowledged that its content reviewers had made the wrong call on 22 of them.
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  —  After a yearlong battle for its meaning and ownership, “fake news” is now both an empty slogan and a deeply troubling warning sign.
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
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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
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  —  Groups that reject established climate science can use the search engine's advertising business to their advantage …
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  —  Snap marked the end of its first year as a public company with a huge New Year's Eve party for its employees and other guests.
Discussion: Business Insider and TMZ.com
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  —  APPLETON, Wis. — This fall, at a moment when retailers traditionally look forward to reaping holiday profits …
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Vevo says its 2017 revenue reached $650M, up 30% YoY; it broke even in 2017 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.
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 …
 
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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
Lara Hamdan / St. Louis Public Radio:
Interview with 16-year-old Gabe Fleisher, who has grown his nonpartisan political newsletter Wake Up to Politics to 48K subscribers
Melody Kramer / Poynter:
A look at good explanatory Twitter threads for journalism, based on interviews with Byard Duncan of Reveal and Eric Umansky and Terry Parris Jr. of ProPublica
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
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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
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
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Media and entertainment stocks 2017: Netflix, Lionsgate, Fox, Scripps among biggest gainers percentage-wise; Discovery, Viacom, CBS among biggest losers
Discussion: Variety
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