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11:00 PM ET, January 16, 2018


 Top News: 
The Awl:
The Awl announces it will end editorial operations at the end of January  —  It is with a mixture of disappointment and relief that we are announcing the cessation of editorial operations on The Awl at the end of this month.  For nearly a decade we followed a dream of building a better Internet …
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / Jezebel:
Babe's post about “Grace” and Aziz Ansari showed inexperience and lack of understanding about reporting on sexual misconduct, prompting bad-faith reactions  —  Late Saturday evening, the website published a detailed account of an encounter between “Grace,” …
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 …
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Sources: Fox News killed a story detailing alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stephanie Clifford and Trump ahead of the 2016 election  —  Fox News had a story at the height of the presidential election that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actress Stephanie Clifford …
Zeynep Tufekci / Wired:
Free speech online has grown even as Facebook, Google, Twitter control more attention; most effective censorship now is meddling with trust, not muzzling speech  —  FOR MOST OF modern history, the easiest way to block the spread of an idea was to keep it from being mechanically disseminated.
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Attorneys general from 22 states file lawsuit to stop FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules; Mozilla, other net neutrality advocates also filed suits against FCC  —  WASHINGTON — The legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's recent repeal of so-called net neutrality regulations began …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube says new creators will need 4K hours of watch time and 1K subs to join Partner Program for ad revenue; Google Preferred videos to be reviewed by humans  —  YouTube is making its creator revenue-sharing program more restrictive and will start manually reviewing all videos …
Tracey Lien / Los Angeles Times:
Digital First Media announces layoffs will hit its newspapers across California, including the Mercury News and Orange County Register  —  Southern California News Group, which includes newspapers such as the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Daily News, will be hit with “significant” …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Gallup/Knight survey: 58% in US say proliferation of news sources makes it harder to stay informed; 42% say social media has had positive impact on news media  —  But they're evenly split on whether or not the news selection algorithms on sites like Facebook and Twitter should be regulated.
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Nuzzel CEO Jonathan Abrams says company will focus on subscription-based Nuzzel Media Intelligence, now in testing and aimed at businesses, starting at $49/mo.  —  - Nuzzel, the addictive news-reading app, is launching a search-based news-monitoring service for professionals.
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Bethany Biron / Digiday:
Sources: Phillip Picardi, digital editorial director of Teen Vogue, is expected to be named to run Teen Vogue following Elaine Welteroth's departure
Discussion: Glossy
Ad Age:
Sources: multiple brands are reviewing their relationship with Vice following December's NYT story, with one, Ally Financial, meeting the company this month
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
Discussion: Jezebel
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.”
Stephen Kalin / Reuters:
Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length films after a 35-year ban on cinemas; authorities hope to have 300 cinemas and 2K screens by 2030
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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
Discussion: Associated Press, DW.COM and euronews
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
Discussion: LA Observed
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
The Young Turks Network Hires Deanna Brown as President
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