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10:15 PM ET, January 23, 2018


 Top News: 
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook's survey to rank trust of publications asks two questions: “Do you recognize the following websites” and “How much do you trust each of these domains?”  —  Last week, Facebook said its News Feed would prioritize links from publications its users deemed “trustworthy” in an upcoming survey.
Tim Carmody / Adweek:
Facebook's News Feed changes make sense amid the findings of Edelman's Trust Barometer, which shows plummeting trust in US media driven by mistrust of platforms  —  Public statements and Edelman study reveal lack of trust in social media  —  Trust is a tricky thing.  Do you trust that someone is telling you the truth?
Samidh Chakrabarti / Facebook:
Facebook says social media has mixed effect on democracies: it gives many a voice but paves way for false news, foreign interference, echo chambers, harassment
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Report: a 19-year-old Michigan man has been arrested after threatening to kill CNN employees, telling an operator: “Fake news, I'm coming to gun you all down”  —  A Michigan man was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot and kill CNN employees, WGCL-TV reported Monday.
Twitter COO Anthony Noto has resigned to become SoFi CEO, starting March 1  —  Noto joined Twitter in 2014 after a career on Wall Street  —  SoFi has been searching for a new leader since September  —  Twitter Inc. Chief Operating Officer Anthony Noto has resigned to accept the role …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tronc is in talks to syndicate some political coverage from Axios; it's unclear what the deal would mean for Tronc's DC bureau of about 16 journalists  —  Newspaper owner Tronc Inc. TRNC -0.14% is in talks with the news startup Axios to syndicate its coverage in the Los Angeles Times, people familiar with the discussions say.
MPR News:
As Garrison Keillor and MPR finalize severance negotiations, staff interviews show troubling incidents and relationships, and a star heedless of power dynamics  —  When Minnesota Public Radio abruptly severed ties with Garrison Keillor in November, the sole explanation offered by the company was …
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Tegna says it will broaden its OTT local/regional ad network via an investment in Tubi TV, an ad-supported streaming service with 7,500+ movies and TV series  —  Says it will help to expand its OTT ad network  —  Tegna said it will broaden its OTT local/regional-focused ad network through a …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Chernin Group invests $15M more in Barstool Sports, source says at ~$100M valuation; Barstool to roughly double staff to 160, start selling subscriptions, more  —  Chernin Group invests additional $15 million in sports website  —  Controversial publisher said to be valued at $100 million
Discussion: Variety, CNBC and Awful Announcing
In a provisional decision, UK regulators say 21st Century Fox's bid to take over Sky would not be in the public interest “due to media plurality concerns”  —  In a blow to 21st Century Fox, Britain's competition watchdog has provisionally concluded that the company's proposed takeover …
Tom Huddleston Jr / Fortune:
Netflix gets its first-ever Academy Award nominations for a feature film, Mudbound; Amazon picked up one nomination for The Big Sick's original screenplay  —  Netflix scored its first-ever Academy Award nominations for a feature film on Tuesday morning, as the streaming giant's push to compete …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Funny or Die cuts more jobs in multiple divisions following its 2016 layoffs of about 30% of staff  —  Funny Or Die has laid off an unspecified number of employees across a broad range of divisions within the company, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday.  —  CEO Mike Farah announced the job cuts …
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook plans global rollout of new privacy center, which puts core privacy settings in one place, in response to EU's GDPR regulations  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook will make it easier for its more than 2 billion users to manage their own data in response to a tough …
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Ruth Eglash / Washington Post:
Female journalists covering Pence at Western Wall had to stand behind men; at Netanyahu's office, a journalist was asked to remove her bra during security check
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Sources: a group bidding for Weinstein Co, led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire it, deal could close in 7-10 days
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google Play now sells audiobooks, includes voice support for Google Assistant, launching in 45 markets and nine languages
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Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Infowars host Alex Jones has partnered with NYT-bestselling author Neil Strauss to write a book, according to a proposal sent to several publishers
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