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3:09 AM ET, January 7, 2018


 Top News: 
Twitter says it does not block or remove controversial tweets of world leaders because it would hide important information people should see and debate  —  There's been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Profile of Michael Wolff, who has been a columnist, media executive, and biographer of Rupert Murdoch, and who is accustomed to angering the Manhattan elite  —  Michael Wolff has, for years, been a prime piranha in the Manhattan media pond, using his caustic columns to tear into his lunchmates at Michael's …
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Source: “hard push” exists to convince Breitbart CEO Larry Solov and Susie Breitbart to fire Steve Bannon; WH press secretary says firing should be considered
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Trump fell for Michael Wolff's skill of sucking up to sources before he tears them down, a decade after Wolff did the same to Murdoch
John Ourand / Sports Business Daily:
ESPN has fired Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis after an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct while employed at NFL Network  —  ESPN cut ties with Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis following a monthlong investigation into allegations of sexual harassment at another network.
Obama to appear on Netflix's six-part My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, Obama's first talk show appearance since leaving office  —  (Reuters) - Veteran former U.S. talk show host David Letterman will return to television on Jan. 12 in a new Netflix show where his first guest …
Matthew Gertz / Politico:
Reporter compares Trump's tweets to Fox and Friends for three months, confirms the conservative network is a Trump favorite, which he watches live and on DVR  —  On Tuesday night, I, along with many Americans, was shocked when President Donald Trump tweeted that his “Nuclear Button” is …
Meg Dalton / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Louisville Public Media's investigation into preacher-turned-politician Danny Ray Johnson, who committed suicide after 2 of 5 planned podcast episodes  —  The story starts with a text message.  Late one night this past February, veteran reporter R.G. Dunlop received a cryptic message from a longtime trusted source.
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Kotaku:
Amazon shutters its Anime Strike streaming service, launched in Jan. 2017 for $5/month for US Prime members, moves Anime Strike's curated catalog to Prime Video  —  After just a year, Amazon has gutted its hard-to-love anime service Anime Strike, rolling the dozens of anime shows …
Discussion: AFTVnews, SlashGear, Engadget and The Verge
Katerina Eva Matsa / Pew Research Center:
Study: 50% of US adults regularly get news from TV, down from 57% YoY; local news saw 9% YoY drop, but, at 37%, still has larger audience than network or cable  —  Americans are relying less on television for their news.  Just 50% of U.S. adults now get news regularly from television, down from 57% a year prior in early 2016.
Discussion: @facttank, @pewresearch and Poynter
Andrew Bergman / Sunlight Foundation:
In its first year, the Trump administration has reduced information on federal websites, from tax policy to animal welfare data and EPA climate change resources  —  From the redesign of the White House website to the removal of hundreds of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …
Discussion: @andmbergman
Sam Dolnick / New York Times:
Sam Dolnick, assistant managing editor of the NYT, on the tech he uses, new publishing strategies at the publication, and the importance of newsletters  —  How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives?  Sam Dolnick, an assistant managing editor …
Tony Romm / Recode:
Internet Association, representing Amazon, Facebook, Google and others, says it will join upcoming lawsuit against net neutrality repeal as an intervening party  —  The companies will intervene in a coming lawsuit through their trade group, the Internet Association.
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Dish Network teams up with Comscore to measure addressable ads across multiple platforms including desktop, mobile, smart TVs, and devices like Roku
Philip Oltermann / The Guardian:
New German hate-speech law tests how tech firms juggle free speech and hate speech, with several controversial deletions and suspensions in its first few days
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: 54% of all US music is now streamed, surpassing all formats for the first time; on demand audio hit 400B streams in 2017, up from 252B in 2016
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Tech & Check Cooperative at Duke University Reporters' Lab will test automated fact-checking with real-time alerts during the State of the Union on Jan. 30
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