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12:20 PM ET, January 31, 2018

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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  —  Jeffrey Good, executive editor of Newspapers of New England's Pioneer Valley Newspaper group, said he's been fired for advocating equal pay for women employees.
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  —  Kevin Spacey is out.  Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear are in.  —  The sixth and final season of “House of Cards” …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook says it's banning all ads for cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and binary options to avoid “misleading or deceptive promotional practices”  —  It's an “intentionally broad” policy aimed at stopping scammers.  —  Facebook is banning all ads that promote cryptocurrencies …
Agence France-Presse:
Foreign correspondents in China are increasingly facing interference from officials, with 1 in 12 of those surveyed claiming they were manhandled or punched  —  One in 12 correspondents claims to have been manhandled or beaten in 2017, BBC reporter says he was punched
Discussion: @wang_maya
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  —  What's come to be known as the #MeToo movement gained momentum through a series of celebrity takedowns, starting with Harvey Weinstein, then ricocheted throughout the media and entertainment worlds.
Miranda Katz / Wired:
Podcasters first look at Apple's Podcast Analytics data shows listeners are highly engaged, with many listening to 80-90% of shows, and prefer longer formats  —  The public radio producer had started a podcast as a side project in early 2017, and the exploration of her experience …
Discussion: RAIN News and Fast Company
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Q&A with Dipayan Ghosh, former Facebook advisor, on how political disinformation is succeeding because of the digital advertising market  —  What privacy can do for democracy  —  As a privacy and public policy adviser, Dipayan Ghosh once worked to improve Facebook from the inside.
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  —  U.S. pay-TV giant HBO is to license its catalog and streaming rights in Asia's second largest market via Amazon Prime Video.
Discussion: FierceCable
BBC:
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”  —  Former BBC China editor Carrie Gracie has said the reason she was given for being paid less than male counterparts was that she was “in development”.
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  —  Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said she didn't think that firing an aide accused of sexual harassment in 2008 was the …
Discussion: @cgasparino
 
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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
Chad Bray / New York Times:
Private equity firm Blackstone buys 55% stake in Thomson Reuters financial and risk division, valuing the unit at $20B including debt
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Journalists who receive anything deemed classified by the government could face up to five years in prison under Australia's proposed espionage laws
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Study: Twitter cuts into Facebook's lead on traffic sent to publishers; this month FB sent 2.5 visitors for each one Twitter sent, down from 4.7:1 in Oct. 2017
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Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Hyundai pulls planned Super Bowl ad that promoted women's empowerment after response to similar Audi ad last year and poor results with male focus group
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Vice Media has fired Chief Digital Officer Mike Germano following two separate allegations of sexual misconduct against him
Sam Charles / Chicago Sun Times:
Chicago Sun-Times EIC Chris Fusco says Times will not publish anything by Richard Roeper as it investigates allegations he paid to boost his Twitter followers