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9:30 AM ET, January 15, 2018


 Top News: 
Fred Vogelstein / Wired:
Facebook's head of News Feed Adam Mosseri says the recently announced overhaul, designed to help people better connect, will result in less video appearing  —  Facebook on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the way it plans to manage the newsfeed, the front door to the service for its 2 billion monthly users.
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  —  When news broke on Thursday evening of Facebook's dramatic overhaul of its News Feed, the worlds of media and publishing erupted.
Felipe Villamor / New York Times:
Philippines government orders independent news site Rappler, which has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte, to shut down  —  MANILA — The Philippines ordered the closing on Monday of an independent online news site that has been critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration …
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.
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 …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Sir Richard Branson orders Virgin Trains to restock the Daily Mail, saying the decision to stop selling it amounted to censorship  —  Branson says decision was taken without his knowledge and company should not be seen to be ‘censoring’ or ‘moralising’  —  Sir Richard Branson …
Katharine Viner / The Guardian:
The Guardian has redesigned its website and mobile apps to coincide with the launch of the newspaper's new tabloid format on Monday  —  oday, our newspaper is being printed in a new tabloid format for the first time, a decision we took seven months ago.  We decided then that we also wanted …
Press Gazette:
Press freedom groups have written to Theresa May asking her to repeal law forcing papers to pay all court costs, win or lose, unless signed up with regulator  —  Two press freedom groups have written to the Prime Minister calling for the urgent repeal of legislation that would make newspapers pay …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
US government lawyers have subpoenaed approximately 30 third parties for information on AT&T's $85B takeover of Time Warner with trial set to start March 19  —  Justice Department has sought information from Dish, CBS, Starz and other media firms on $85 billion takeover of Time Warner
David Marchese / Vulture:
Interview with NPR Fresh Air host Terry Gross on the art of the Q&A, the guest that most surprised her, and how she salvages a tanking interview  —  “I wouldn't be able to keep doing my job,” says Fresh Air host Terry Gross, sitting in her book-lined office at Philadelphia's WHYY radio station …
Discussion: @nprfreshair
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.
Discussion: @blakestonebanks and @claydube
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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
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
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
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Jamie Williams / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The Ninth Circuit says scraping in violation of a site's ToS is not a crime when taking the data itself is permitted, in recent Oracle v. Rimini case
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
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
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Screenshots show the coordinated harassment campaigns against conservative media by Twitter trolls who support far-right congressional candidate Paul Nehlen
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