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6:00 AM ET, February 3, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
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 …
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: @l0stsandal
Mya Frazier / Columbia Journalism Review:
Facebook, Amazon stifle public debate on tax incentives they receive by demanding prior notice before state and local govt. officials respond to FOIA requests  —  It was whispered like some secret oracle: Sidecat, sidecat is coming.  —  Negotiations over the tax incentive deal began in Ohio …
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.
Germany's antitrust regulator opening probe into online advertising industry as concerns arise over dominance of Google and Facebook and use of consumer data  —  FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's anti-trust regulator is opening an investigation into online advertising …
Bild editor in chief Tanit Koch resigns from the German tabloid over a dispute with digital chief Julian Reichelt, who takes over as EIC  —  BERLIN (Reuters) - The editor-in-chief of German red-top tabloid Bild, Europe's best-selling newspaper, quit on Friday after losing a power struggle with the head of its digital edition.
Discussion: New York Times
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Charter Communications beats Q4 targets with revenue of $10.6B, up 3.2% YoY, while profit surges to $9.55B due to a $9.3B benefit from tax changes
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Media was escorted from RNC's winter meeting on Thursday as Trump called them “haters” and criticized State of the Union address coverage
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Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
AT&T looks to launch next-gen version of DirecTV Now this spring and a voice-controlled client that supports DirecTV Now and other OTT services by end of year
Janko Rottgers / Variety:
Spotify is testing Stations, a Pandora-style free music app which includes some personalization options but is currently only available on some Android devices