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4:00 PM ET, January 21, 2016

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Barry Wilner / Associated Press:
Facebook launches Sports Stadium, a hub for American football now, other sports soon, offers real-time chats, stats, media commentary, more  —  Facebook's Sports Product to Launch During NFL Championships  —  There's a new stadium in town.  Actually, in every town.  —  It's on Facebook.
He Huifeng / South China Morning Post:
Weibo to expand its 140-Chinese-character limit on messages up to 2K, trial starts January 28, rolling out to all 500M users on February 28  —  China's Weibo follows Twitter in controversial move to ditch 140-character limit, says users can soon waffle on for up to 2,000  —  Main menu
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google disabled more than 780M ads in 2015 for violating policies including ads for unapproved drugs, misleading weight-loss claims, and “trick to click” ads  —  Google Disabled 49% More Ads in 2015  —  Google disabled 49% more ads in 2015 than the prior year …
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Henry Mance / Financial Times:
Pearson unveils £320M restructuring plan that includes 4,000 job cuts, and caps dividend due to weak earnings  —  Pearson to cut 4,000 jobs as it warns on profits  —  Pearson has unveiled a £320m restructuring plan that will cut one-tenth of its workforce …
Joshua Barone / New York Times:
Welcome to Night Vale creators launch Night Vale Presents podcast platform with new fiction series Alice Isn't Dead  —  ‘Night Vale’ Creators to Start New Podcast Platform  —  The world of “Welcome to Night Vale,” the popular fiction podcast made up of dispatches from a surreal Southwestern town, is getting bigger.
Peter Roybal / Facebook:
Facebook's new Audience Optimization tool lets publishers tag content to target readers by interest or demographic info  —  Introducing Audience Optimization for Publishers  —  Today, we're launching Audience Optimization, an organic targeting tool to help publishers reach and engage …
Associated Press:
Viacom cuts Sumner Redstone's salary by 85% to $2M amid questions about his health and competence  —  Viacom slashes exec pay amid lawsuit over Redstone's health  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viacom Inc. on Wednesday pre-released details about executive pay that show an 85 percent drop in compensation …
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Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Activist shareholder SpringOwl releases 99-page report calling for Viacom chairman and management team ouster
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
IBM Confirms Acquisition Of UStream, Forms New Cloud Video Unit  —  IBM confirmed that it has acquired video conferencing service UStream this morning.  With several cloud video acquisitions in tow, the company also announced it was forming a new cloud video services unit.
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Axel Springer to launch mobile news aggregator Upday in mid-March on new Samsung Galaxy S, Note and tablets in Germany, France, UK, and Poland  —  Upday Ups the Ante on Mobile News Aggregation  —  BERLIN—Peter Wuertenberger worked as Managing Director of Yahoo Germany back in the late' 90s …
Jordan Valinsky / Digiday:
The New York Times launches Modern Love podcast with 48 episodes planned, essays read by celebrities  —  Why The New York Times finds podcasting to be a ‘natural fit’ for its Modern Love column  —  The “Modern Love” column, arguably the Internet's favorite New York Times thing to fight …
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Judge recommends mediation in Gawker-Hulk Hogan trial  —  The state court judge overseeing professional wrestler Hulk Hogan's $100 million lawsuit against Gawker Media has recommended that the parties seek mediation rather than a trial, according to court documents.
 
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Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
The Sun drops standalone politics site
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Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
Panoply launches Megaphone, offering podcasters hosting, distribution measurement and ad placement
Discussion: Ad Age and Financial Times
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Hearken, which sells software that helps journalists identify which stories their audience wants, raises $700K
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