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2:10 PM ET, January 15, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Profile of Zig, an Instagram-like news app which has attracted investors including ex-Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter and music producer Quincy Jones  —  Graydon Carter, the former editor of Vanity Fair, was preparing coq au vin in Provence, France, the other day when he picked up a telephone call from back home.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Google says bugs, not partisanship, responsible for it wrongly appending a “Reviewed Claims” fact check to right-leaning news site The Daily Caller  —  This week's furor online over the alleged left-wing bias of Google's fact-checking tags missed the point.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
The Young Turks Network Hires Deanna Brown as President  —  Deanna Brown, a 30-year media and digital-content veteran, has joined TYT Network as the company's first president.  —  Brown, along with TYT Network founder and CEO Cenk Uygur, will lead the strategic direction for all business initiatives …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
NPR and Edison Research survey: 16% of Americans own a smart speaker today, up 128% YoY; 30% of owners say smart speakers are replacing time spent with TV  —  One in six Americans now own a smart speaker, according to new research out this week from NPR and Edison Research - a figure that's up 128 percent from January, 2017.
Discussion: Engadget, The Verge and 9to5Mac
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Daily Beast reporter Lizzie Crocker resigned from the site this weekend, following revelations she plagiarized a column in the Weekly Standard  —  Daily Beast reporter Lizzie Crocker resigned from the company this weekend after allegations of plagiarism against her were confirmed by the publication, TheWrap has learned.
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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
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
Nick Turse / The Intercept:
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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
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