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10:05 AM ET, January 16, 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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The Editor-in-Chief of Babe's parent company Tab Media, Joshi Herrmann, has defended the site's decision to publish the allegations against Aziz Ansari  —  Aziz Ansari responds to sexual assault accusation  —  Amid all the debate over an anonymous woman's account of a sexual encounter with Aziz Ansari …
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
Facebook exits from news after killing notions of the brand, authorship, business model; publishers should focus on products that directly impact their company  —  For Facebook, journalism has been a pain in the neck from day one.  Now, bogged down with the insoluble problems of fake news and bad PR …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
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 has ordered Virgin Trains …
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 …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
HBO fights streaming rivals like Netflix and Hulu with heavy marketing and a focus on quality over quantity with its original programming  —  As other channels stockpile content, HBO is trimming its development pipeline; 'More is not better.  Only better is better.'
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Los Angeles Times editor-in-chief Lewis D'Vorkin, formerly of Forbes, brings in new hires and prepares for a newsroom reorganization  —  New hires from The New York Times and The Washington Post bring new faces to a news organization that has been in flux under Tronc management.
Discussion: LA Observed and @jbenton
James Walker / Press Gazette:
The EU's newly established group on fake news and disinformation met for the first time as it seeks to define and develop a strategy for tackling fake news  —  The European Union's newly established fake news body met for the first time today, but revealed that it has yet to establish a working definition for “fake news”.
Discussion: Associated Press, DW.COM and euronews
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon Studios signs Sharon Horgan, creator of hit TV show Catastrophe, to a two-year overall deal alongside a separate deal with her production company  —  Amazon Studios has also set up a first-look deal with Horgan's Merman banner.  —  With the British comedy show Catastrophe having proven …
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
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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Twitter again disputes claims from a Project Veritas undercover video aimed at the company, saying “We do not proactively review DMs. Period.”
Todd Spangler / Variety:
The Young Turks Network Hires Deanna Brown as President
Discussion: Tubefilter and @deannabrown
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
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
While most media handled the use of “shithole” with professionalism, fewer were successful in exploring the racist thinking behind it