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5:00 AM ET, January 9, 2018

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Ted Johnson / Variety:
NBC deletes tweet that appeared to endorse Oprah Winfrey as a 2020 presidential candidate, says it was posted by a third-party agency for NBC Entertainment  —  WASHINGTON — NBC removed a tweet sent from the network's main account that appeared to endorse the idea of an Oprah Winfrey candidacy in 2020.
Burlington Free Press:
Gannett fires Burlington Free Press editor after tweets about VT's proposal to add a third gender to driver licenses, saying he violated social media guidelines  —  Denis Finley, editor of the Burlington Free Press, left the company Monday evening.  —  Finley became embroiled …
Discussion: Poynter and Seven Days
Associated Press:
Memo: Macmillan CEO John Sargent calls Trump's attempt to halt release of Wolff book “flagrantly unconstitutional”, says company will respond to legal letter  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The author of an explosive new book that questions President Donald Trump's fitness for office …
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New York Times:
Under political and financial pressure, Breitbart's Steve Bannon issues an apology, tries to reverse statements about Donald Trump Jr. in Michael Wolff's book
Michelle Robbins / Search Engine Land:
Google announces that Google AMP cache will display publisher URLs and drop the Google AMP URL prefix in search results, starting in the second half of 2018  —  Google announced today that they are well on their way to solving one of the most annoying (to publishers) “features” of AMP …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Telemundo to debut Noticias Telemundo, Mediodía, a midday national newscast on Jan. 22, will also livestream via mobile apps, its website, and social media  —  Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo said it would launch a new midday national newscast to its programming lineup as part …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Facebook to host fact-checking partners in early February to discuss how to help them be more effective and increase impact  —  Criticized for not sharing data, the social network is calling its fact-checkers together to discuss a more open approach.  —  After months of criticism …
Discussion: PEN America
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Samantha Barry is named editor of Glamour, becoming the first person with an exclusively digital and television background to lead a Conde Nast magazine  —  When Samantha Barry was growing up in Ireland, she and her family would gather around the television to watch the 6 o'clock news.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google News engineering director says an unintentional tech issue resulted in some sites being delisted over the past few days and is working on a fix  —  PSA: If you are a smaller news site that has suddenly discovered you've been removed from Google News, you are not alone — and a fix is coming from Google.
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
Twitter has quietly started verifying users again, after pausing verifications in November alongside a promise of a new authentication and verification program  —  Twitter, the magical social media platform where rules are implemented and changed as quickly as hyenas appear in the night …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Right-wing writer Chuck Johnson files lawsuit in California against Twitter claiming he was banned for his political views in violation of free speech rights  —  For years, the controversial right-wing activist Charles C. Johnson has threatened to sue Twitter, which banned him in 2015.
Discussion: The Hill and Mashable
Graham Ruddick / The Guardian:
The BBC has banned journalists who tweeted support for Carrie Gracie from presenting on-air segments about the gender pay row at the corporation  —  EHRC writes to corporation as journalists who publicly supported former China editor are told they cannot now report on gender pay row
 
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said a source close to Trump claimed he has early onset dementia, but the Washington Post removed the quote from his column twice
Variety:
Facebook has signed a multi-year, multi-territory licensing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, allowing users to upload and share media from the catalog
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Bloomberg Media partners with Bell Media to create a Canadian business news service, BNN Bloomberg, which will launch in Spring 2018
KHOU-TV:
Father of missing sports journalist Courtney Roland says she has been found unharmed and has been taken to the hospital
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Reuters:
The Indian government named a reporter in a criminal complaint after she wrote an article alleging a data breach in the Aadhaar federal identity database
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
A year after launch, Facebook Journalism Project gets mixed reviews for developing products with news outlets, providing training, and helping to curb hoaxes
John Koblin / New York Times:
FX: at least 487 original TV programs aired in 2017, up from 455 in 2016 and 288 in 2012, fuelled by Netflix airing 117 shows in 2017, up from 24 in 2013