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7:35 PM ET, February 3, 2018


 Top News: 
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
YouTube CEO Wojcicki promises more transparency, better appeals process for demonetization, including more human reviews, and consequences for “egregious” cases  —  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki took to the service's Creator Blog last night to issue some broad goals for the year forward.
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube says it will start labeling videos from state-funded broadcasters like PBS and RT, considers surfacing videos from credible sources alongside hoaxes  —  Google unit to provide more context around some videos  —  YouTube said it is planning changes to give users more context …
Jina Moore / New York Times:
Kenyan government suspends 4 TV stations following their coverage of opposition figure's “inauguration” and fails to comply with court's order to reinstate them  —  The Kenyan government is defying a court order to put four private television stations back on the air …
Chicago Sun Times:
Following Chicago Sun-Times inquiry into Richard Roeper's purchase of Twitter followers, Roeper to resume reviews and has started a new Twitter account  —  Sign-Up for our Newsletter  —  On Saturday, Jan. 27, the Chicago Sun-Times became aware of a report in the New York Times …
Graham Roberts / New York Times:
The New York Times launching augmented reality function in its iOS app starting next week with an article about the Winter Olympics; Android support coming soon  —  Something profound has happened to your camera.  —  Its very purpose — capturing images — has expanded to include a new role …
Discussion: DMN
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Peter Thiel told Stanford student he may turn into a conservative investigative reporting site if he wins bid for its assets; spokesman issues denial  —  Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist and Facebook board member who secretly bankrolled lawsuits to undermine Gawker Media …
Discussion: @rmac18 and @l0stsandal
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Spotify adds songwriter, producer, and musician credits to tracks on its desktop platform  —  Spotify has addressed a long-standing complaint about its service by adding songwriter, producer and musician credits for tracks on its desktop platform, effective today.
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Facebook appears to have deactivated a group planning to flood Rotten Tomatoes with negative audience scores for upcoming Black Panther film  —  Calling themselves “Down with Disney's Treatment of Franchises and its Fanboys,” the group is attempting to flood Rotten Tomatoes with poor audience scores …
Alexandria Neason / Columbia Journalism Review:
Texas Monthly hires Pulitzer Prize winner Rich Oppel as ombudsman in response to CJR story about apparent deal with Bumble to promote editorial coverage  —  The skyline of Austin, Texas, where Texas Monthly is headquartered.  Photo by KBaucherel via Pixabay  —  Texas Monthly is hiring an ombudsman.
Discussion: @sulliview
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