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6:05 PM ET, January 2, 2018


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Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
The culture of vlogging, for Logan Paul with 15M+ subscribers and others, emphasizes that the only wrong decision is turning the camera off  —  Logan Paul, one of YouTube's biggest stars, treated a video he uploaded over the weekend as the equivalent of a TV sitcom's “very special episode.”
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  —  Outcry after American posts video in which he jokes with friends over apparent suicide victim they came across in forest
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 …
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 …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Spotify faces another copyright lawsuit, from Wixen Music, representing Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, others; suit suggests up to 21% of Spotify songs are unlicensed  —  Wixen Music Publishing files a new lawsuit that also covers music from Rage Against the Machine, The Doors, Steely Dan, and many others.
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Twitter spokesperson confirms an email that said the account for former sheriff David Clarke was temporarily locked after he tweeted a physical threat to media  —  Clarke plagiarized portions of thesis (May 2017)  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Former Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke …
Julia Ioffe / The Atlantic:
The few US election stories unearthed by journalists in Russia, where government deeply influences media, show the importance of independent press abroad  —  Much of 2017 was consumed with untangling the political mess that was 2016 and Russia's role in it.
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.
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
UK government to launch three-year, £60M fund in 2019 for public service broadcasters, which can claim 50% of production costs for children's programming  —  Television companies making children's programming for UK public service broadcasters will be eligible to claim 50 per cent …
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.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Google and Facebook's dominance in digital ads and Netflix and Amazon's massive programming budgets are forcing big media mergers and streaming ventures  —  There's no debating the #MeToo movement was the biggest story in the entertainment industry in 2017.
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Emily Steel / New York Times:
Vice Media suspends President Andrew Creighton and Chief Digital Officer Mike Germano after NYT story on sex harassment allegations; new HR chief to be hired
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Ex-Current TV President David Bohrman is launching the Political Voices Network, an OTT video service catering to progressive Americans
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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
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
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