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9:40 PM ET, January 14, 2018


 Top News: 
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
Condé Nast to issue a code of conduct this month and stop working with photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, who were accused of sexual harassment  —  Condé Nast, publisher of some of the glossiest magazines in the world, is changing the way it does business.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Some Facebook ex-staffers think Twitter-inspired 2013 shift to display more news was a failed experiment, as time spent on FB has declined the past two years  —  Getty Images / John Paczkowski, BuzzFeed News  —  When news broke on Thursday evening of Facebook's dramatic overhaul of its News Feed …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
While most media handled the use of “shithole” with professionalism, fewer were successful in exploring the racist thinking behind it  —  From Harry Truman's “dumb son of a b—  " assessment of General Douglas MacArthur to Richard B. Cheney's rude suggestion about what Sen. Patrick J. Leahy …
Nick Turse / The Intercept:
How the Pentagon's Africa Command shunned one journalist after his reporting on tough issues like torture by local forces at a drone base used by the US  —  Conversations with military spokespeople can be curt, even confrontational, but they are not supposed to go this way.
Noreen Malone / The Cut:
Footage from January 2016 shows MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews joking about a “Bill Cosby pill” during Hillary Clinton interview setup; Matthews apologizes  —  On January 5, 2016, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews interviewed Hillary Clinton in an Iowa fire station during the Democratic primary season.
Mia Shuang Li / Columbia Journalism Review:
In China, influencers posting news catering to readers' interests on WeChat are replacing distrusted legacy media, though they are also subject to censorship  —  Editor's note: This article is the first of two in a series on WeChat.  The second, “WeChat reaches audiences conventional media in China cannot” can be found here.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TiVo's Rovi subsidiary files lawsuit alleging Comcast's X1 platform infringes eight patents; Comcast says its own engineers created the X1 products and services  —  TiVo has launched a new legal attack on Comcast aimed a pushing the cable giant to reach a settlement to license TiVo-owned patents.
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
Nonprofit Sports Fans Coalition to launch Locast in NY, a free streaming service, beginning with NFL playoffs, says it does not need broadcasters' permission  —  Sports Fans Coalition says it does not need broadcasters' permission to ‘Lowcast’  —  The nonprofit Sports Fans Coalition …
Discussion: The New York Observer and Forbes
Christopher D. Cook / Columbia Journalism Review:
Koch Foundation's $80K donation to American Society of News Editors for freedom of information hotline adds to concerns the Kochs are “whitewashing” image  —  Charles Koch, head of Koch Industries, gives a talk on February 26, 2007.  (Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/MCT via Getty Images)
Discussion: @lizabio
Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast:
Leaked DAU metrics from April to September show that only 20% of Snapchat users consume content from Discover Edition daily  —  Snapchat takes its secrecy seriously.  Very, very seriously.  —  Take the case of one former Snapchat employee.  On his first day, he was forced to sit through …
The Wrap:
Sources: Viacom and CBS vice-chairwoman Shari Redstone to consider a merger of the two media companies; Redstone's National Amusements controls both companies  —  Viacom and CBS vice-chairwoman Shari Redstone is pursuing a merger of the two media companies that split more than a decade ago …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
FX study: in 2017, led by streaming services, the number of original shows hit a new high of 487; number of new basic cable series has been falling since 2015  —  “Virtually all the growth is and will be coming out of streaming services,” John Landgraf says.  —  The Peak TV bubble isn't bursting quite yet.
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Without Ailes, “there's absolutely no direction”, says Fox host; hosts, producers and executives worry about Fox's future with so much programming tied to Trump
Jamie Williams / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Screenshots show the coordinated harassment campaigns against conservative media by Twitter trolls who support far-right congressional candidate Paul Nehlen
Source: Verizon is working on an OTT offering that could package channels focusing on news, entertainment, and sports as standalone apps, using Oath content
Discussion: FierceCable
Scott Nover / Poynter:
Critics fault BBC for uneven application of rules that prevent journalists who publicly support Carrie Gracie and equal pay from covering the topic