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7:40 AM ET, January 17, 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 …
The Hairpin:
The Hairpin, part of The Awl network, announces it will end editorial operations at the end of January  —  We're sad to say that The Hairpin will cease editorial operations at the end of this month.  The site started with a dream of making a space on the Internet unlike any other …
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 …
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
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 …
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
22 attorneys general 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 on Tuesday …
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.
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.
Ewen MacAskill / The Guardian:
Q&A with Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden on the ethics of whistleblowing, press freedom, and Steven Spielberg's new film about the Pentagon Papers, The Post  —  aniel Ellsberg, the US whistleblower celebrated in Steven Spielberg's new film, The Post, was called “the most dangerous man in America” …
John McCain / Washington Post:
Senator John McCain says Trump's continuing attacks on American news outlets has allowed repressive regimes to silence reporters and stave off media scrutiny  —  John McCain, a Republican, represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate.  —  After leaving office, President Ronald Reagan created …
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  —  By Garett Sloane and Adrianne Pasquarelli.  —  Vice could be at risk of going from cool to creepy for brands concerned …
Discussion: @adage
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Facebook exec Ricky Van Veen says new changes to News Feed will have little to no impact on Facebook Watch, and the site can filter out spoilers from comments
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
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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.
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
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