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11:15 AM ET, January 24, 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
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
AT&T CEO pushes for an “Internet Bill of Rights”, a net neutrality law covering ISPs and tech firms, in a series of full-page ads in major newspapers  —  AT&T is calling on Congress for a national net neutrality law that would govern Internet providers and tech companies alike …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Comcast's Q4 revenue was up 4.2% to $21.9B; cable division lost 33K video customers; cable networks saw revenue grow 7.5% to $2.7B  —  Gains in the cable division and double-digit increases in content licensing for NBCUniversal's film and TV units boosted Comcast's fourth-quarter earnings.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: YouTube is asking musicians to sign non-disparagement agreements in exchange for promotional support, has asked other creators to agree to same terms  —  Artists are said to be asked to sign non-disparagement clauses  —  Google-owned site has been working to improve relations
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and The Verge, Thanks:@lucas_shaw
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 …
Sources: ex-BBC News chief James Harding is working on a news startup called Tortoise Ventures that will focus on “slow news”  —  Former BBC News boss James Harding, who came up with the anti-fake news concept of “slow news”, has set up a new company called “Tortoise,” BuzzFeed News has learned.
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, Awful Announcing and CNBC
BuzzFeed identified 1700+ accounts Twitter censored in specific countries at the request of governments and “trusted flaggers” like NGOs  —  BuzzFeed News has identified more than 1,700 Twitter accounts that have been blocked in at least one country.
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
A look at the history of The Drudge Report and how, 20 years after it first broke the Lewinsky story, it still attracts millions of readers  —  Twenty years ago, Matt Drudge's reports on the Lewinsky affair nearly brought down Bill Clinton.  He was seen as the wellspring of a new …
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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
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Funny or Die cuts more jobs in multiple divisions following its 2016 layoffs of about 30% of staff
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: Variety and The Wrap
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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
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google Play now sells audiobooks, includes voice support for Google Assistant, launching in 45 markets and nine languages
Discussion: 9to5Google and TechCrunch