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5:20 AM ET, February 1, 2018


 Top News: 
Facebook's daily active user base in the US and Canada fell for the first time ever in Q4, dropping from 185M to 184M in the previous quarter  —  It was a small but negative change to daily active users in Facebook's most valuable market.  —  Here's a troubling data point if you're a Facebook investor …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Mark Zuckerberg says showing fewer viral videos reduced the total time people spent on Facebook by ~50M hours every day, as MAUs reach 2.13B, up 14% YoY  —  The world's biggest social network is almost minting money, but Mark Zuckerberg has warned news feed changes could hurt business.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Memo: The Hill bars staffers from buying Twitter followers after NYT report on Devumi selling fake followers  —  The Hill announced to its staffers Wednesday morning that employees are now prohibited from purchasing Twitter followers.  The new rule, conveyed via an internal memo obtained by The Daily Beast …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Examining the ethics of journalists buying Twitter followers, after the suspension of Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Richard Roeper
New York Times:
Twitter accounts for celebrities and media figures lose followers after NYT probe into firm that sold followers and as officials call for scrutiny of practice
Darren Rovell / ESPN:
21st Century Fox wins 5-year contract for NFL's Thursday Night Football in deal sources say is worth $660M+/year; streaming rights to be sold in next few weeks  —  Thursday Night Football is changing networks once again.  —  The NFL announced Wednesday morning that the package will go to Fox for the next five seasons.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter now says 1.4M+ US users interacted with tweets from Russia-linked accounts during 2016 election, up from 670K previously announced, has notified them  —  Twitter on Wednesday said it notified 1.4 million people in the US that they engaged with Kremlin-linked troll accounts during the 2016 US election.
Dirk VanderHart / Portland Mercury:
Memo: The Oregonian, owned by Advance Publications, lays off 11 newsroom staffers  —  After repeated rounds of layoffs, it's hard to imagine the Oregonian having anywhere else to cut.  But the news business's grim prognosis marches on, so the cuts continue.
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
National Book Awards will recognize translated books, giving awards jointly to living authors and translators for works published in the US  —  The National Book Awards, among the most prestigious literary prizes, are going global.  —  Starting this year, the National Book Foundation …
Alex Balk / The Awl:
The Awl, born in 2009 from the idea that intelligent readers wanted resonant, weird, and amusing news and ideas, has now passed away; archives survive  —  The Awl was born of the following thoughts: What if there were a website with a wealth of resonant, weird, important, frightening and amusing bits of news and ideas?
Jim Bankoff / Vox Media:
Memo: Vox CEO Jim Bankoff says company hit its financial targets for 2017, says hiring growth will slow in 2018, and hints at some projects being “scaled back”  —  Vox Media Chairman & CEO Jim Bankoff on an era where quality, scale and sustainability matter more than ever.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Pandora announces restructuring, shifting resources to ad tech and audience development, cutting workforce by 5% to save $45M annually, will expand in Atlanta  —  Pandora Media is pink-slipping about 5% of its workforce, a move the streaming-music company said will help it save $45 million annually.
Vanity Fair:
Alt-right personality Mike Cernovich has made a $500K bid for Gawker's assets  —  A leaked pitch deck shows how Cernovich would turn Gawker into a platform for his media ambitions—and, perhaps, a cudgel to get back at a site that once called him a “D-list right-winger.”
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
BBC Director-General Tony Hall says the corporation made a “mistake” in failing to review Carrie Gracie's salary as China editor  —  Tony Hall appears in London's House of Commons in a public evidence session along with other top executives of the public broadcaster and former China editor Carrie Gracie.
Speaking to MPs, Carrie Gracie said the BBC offered her £100K in back pay and said she hadn't earned as much as male colleagues because she was “in development”
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Podcast network Gimlet Media launches Gimlet Pictures, a new film and TV division headed by Chris Giliberti
James Warren / Poynter:
Memo: Jeffrey Good, an executive editor at New England-based Pioneer Valley Newspaper group, said he was fired for advocating equal pay for female employees
Silvia Killingsworth / The Awl:
An administrative error at Gizmodo Media Group led to newsroom staffers learning that Felix Salmon was earning $400K+ before he left Fusion
John Koblin / New York Times:
Netflix resumed production of the sixth season of House of Cards on Tuesday, after a three-month hiatus following Kevin Spacey allegations and firing from show
 Earlier Picks: 
Henry C. Jackson / Politico:
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton criticized the NYT over its handling of Glenn Thrush's case, while responding to a story about an aide accused of sexual misconduct
Discussion: @cgasparino
Columbia Journalism Review:
When CJR asked readers to tell their stories of harassment in the newsroom, 300+ responded - and the magazine has published each one
Patrick Frater / Variety:
HBO will launch in Japan on Amazon Prime Video on April 1, with the first six seasons of Game of Thrones and ~50 other past and current shows available
Discussion: FierceCable