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9:45 AM ET, January 2, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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
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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
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
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
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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