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7:40 PM ET, January 11, 2018

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Los Angeles Times:
Five women accuse James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior during film shoots  —  It should have been a pure moment of triumph for James Franco.  He collected one of Hollywood's top prizes at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, validating an untraditional career …
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 …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Sources: Facebook plans News Feed change as early as next week, ranking user posts, Watch shows over publisher posts but also surfacing “reputable” publishers  —  The end is nigh.  Facebook is planning a major change to its news feed, starting as early as next week …
Moira Donegan / The Cut:
Creator of Shitty Media Men list tells why she started it, how her fear rose when contacted by a writer for Harper's, and what she hopes the list accomplished  —  In October, I created a Google spreadsheet called “Shitty Media Men” that collected a range of rumors and allegations of sexual misconduct …
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John Bonazzo / The New York Observer:
After a leak that Harper's might name the Shitty Media Men list creator, writers threatened to hold stories and people claimed credit in a Spartacus-like tactic
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.
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 …
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 …
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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube says it is putting original projects with Logan Paul on hold and removes him from Google Preferred ad program after his video showing suicide victim
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  —  Publics around the world overwhelmingly agree that the news media should be unbiased in their coverage of political issues …
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Recode partners with MSNBC for town halls about tech's impact, hosted by Kara Swisher, Ari Melber, airing on cable and online; 1st features Google, YouTube CEOs  —  First up to be interviewed: Google's Sundar Pichai and YouTube's Susan Wojcicki.  —  Yes, I am about to become an anchor monster.
Discussion: MSNBC
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  —  “We saw lots of interest in AI in China, and the sector is moving so fast in the country...The U.S. still has the best AI talent …
Discussion: xinhuanet.com
 
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