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11:45 AM ET, January 12, 2018

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Zuckerberg says News Feed will focus on what friends share, de-emphasize content from publishers and brands as it moves to favor interactions over passive posts  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook introduced sweeping changes to the kinds of posts, videos and photos that its more than two billion members …
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers briefed on News Feed changes say Facebook told them reputable publishers will also be surfaced, though term was undefined, traffic impact was unclear  —  The end is nigh.  Facebook is planning a major change to its news feed, starting as early as next week, that will decisively favor user content …
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Facebook's News Feed changes liberate the media industry from Facebook's whims; journalism engineered for an algorithm is not journalism, it's marketing  —  Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the New York Times that the social network will revamp its news feed to emphasize “meaningful interaction” between friends and family.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
How news outlets handled the decision to repeat President Trump's “shithole” comment, and why some editors decided readers needed to see the word  —  Lester Holt opened the “NBC Nightly News” on Thursday with a parental warning: “This may not be appropriate for some of our younger viewers.”
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Sources: Breitbart CEO Larry Solov and Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow say they won't immediately name a Bannon replacement or make other staff changes  —  Steve Bannon is out at Breitbart  —  It's difficult to imagine Breitbart without Steve Bannon.  —  Bannon had headed the far-right website since 2012 …
Robert Mackey / The Intercept:
A group of Dutch journalists collectively pressed the new US ambassador about a false claim he made, in contrast to how US outlets handle Trump's false claims  —  White House correspondents who routinely allow the president of the United States to repeat false claims unchallenged should study …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Ronan Farrow finalizes three-year deal with HBO to develop and front a series of investigative documentary specials and produce other pieces  —  Farrow will develop and front a series of investigative documentaries for the network.  —  Ronan Farrow has finalized a three-year deal with HBO, the network confirmed Thursday.
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google to vet videos in the Google Preferred ad program with human moderators and AI, after concerns from marketers over videos including Logan Paul's  —  Google is planning a new push to vet top-tier YouTube videos that it bundles for major advertisers, people familiar with the effort said …
Jessica DiNapoli / Reuters:
Sources: Peter Thiel joins other bidders in making an offer in bankruptcy court for Gawker's remaining assets, including domains and 200K+ articles  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has made an offer for Gawker, hoping to overcome legal hurdles and rival bidders …
 
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Kevin Cullen / BostonGlobe.com:
Publisher of the Boston Herald, Pat Purcell, defends his salary as the newspaper goes up for sale amid bankruptcy, likely shedding pension liabilities
Discussion: Boston Herald and Media Nation
Helena Horton / Telegraph:
BBC lets John Humphrys keep presenting on equal pay despite Humphrys being accused of mocking Carrie Gracie's equal pay stand in breach of impartiality rules
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Xinhua News Agency rebuilds newsroom around AI, introduces “Media Brain”, a platform integrating cloud computing, Internet of Things, and AI in news production
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Pew Research Center:
Pew study of 38 countries shows US with the largest partisan gap on whether people see news media as covering political issues fairly, at 34 percentage points
Discussion: Poynter and Nieman Lab
Max Willens / Digiday:
Quartz to offer five short-run newsletters tied to major events like SXSW, says short-term nature and narrow scope lead to higher than average open rates