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7:20 PM ET, February 1, 2018

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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Researchers say publisher of Newsweek and IBTimes used fraudulent methods to inflate traffic to get ad deals; company acknowledges buying traffic, denies fraud  —  Several of Newsweek Media Group's business websites are buying and manipulating traffic that originates on pirated video streaming sites.
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Hadas Gold / CNNMoney:
Etienne Uzac, co-owner and chairman of Newsweek Media Group, resigns along with his wife, Marion Kim, company finance director, amid probe of company finances  —  The co-owner and chairman of Newsweek Media Group and his wife, who acted as the company's finance director …
Financial Times:
Sources: BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith has held preliminary talks with the Emerson Collective, funded by Laurene Powell Jobs, about investing in BuzzFeed News  —  The editor of BuzzFeed has had discussions with the company started by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of the late Steve Jobs …
Eric Johnson / Recode:
Wired launches a metered paywall with five free articles per month, followed by a $20 annual subscription fee  —  Wired's wall goes up today: Four free clicks, then $20 a year.  —  Starting today at 9 am ET, Wired.com will have a paywall — although infrequent visitors might not notice it right away.
Caroline Lees / European Journalism Observatory:
Reuters study: in Italy and France, false news sites' reach is much lower than that of news sites; Facebook interactions for a few false sites exceed news orgs  —  The first research into false news sites in Europe reveals that fake news sites in France and Italy have a far more limited reach than is often assumed.
Parker Higgins / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Freedom of the Press Foundation unveils an online archive using Archive-It, to preserve news sites threatened by powerful individuals, starts with Gawker.com  —  Freedom of the Press Foundation is launching an online archives collection in partnership with Archive-It, a service developed …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Instagram announces plan to bring Carousel Ads to Stories, letting advertisers show up to three photos or videos in Stories  —  It's been less than a year since Instagram brought advertising to Instagram Stories — a format that its owner Facebook said in November has more than 300 million daily users.
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Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Owner of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard combines media outlets with Dick Clark Productions and House of Cards producer MRC to create Valence Media  —  Media investor Todd Boehly is reshaping his entertainment empire with a complex deal that puts three very different Hollywood companies under the same corporate umbrella.
Liz Moyer / CNBC:
CBS and Viacom say both companies have formed board committees to explore a merger  —  CBS and Viacom are nearer to officially starting talks on reuniting.  —  The companies said in separate statements Thursday that their boards have formed exploratory committees to mull a deal.
Shareen Pathak / Digiday:
Amazon's “other” revenue category, which is mostly from ads, grew to $1.7B in Q4, a 60% rise YoY, small revenue compared to Google, Facebook, but growing faster  —  In its fourth-quarter earnings today, the company reported that “other” revenue, which mostly means advertising …
HuffPost:
Tronc confirms two top editors at New York Daily News, Rob Moore and Alexander “Doc” Jones, are no longer with company after sexual harassment investigations  —  The newspaper's managing editor fostered a culture of fear and silence, current and former staffers said.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and New York Post
David Katzmaier / CNET:
YouTube TV is now available on select Roku devices for $35/month; YouTube says the service is coming to Apple TV “very soon”  —  YouTube's $35-per-month alternative to cable TV is now on the most popular streaming platform.  —  Just in time for the big game, the Winter Olympics …
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube expands YouTube Go, a lightweight version of its service for emerging markets, to 130+ countries
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
126 prominent European screenwriters and directors sign open letter urging EU lawmakers to adopt copyright law aimed at better compensating creatives online
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
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Podcast network Gimlet Media launches Gimlet Pictures, a new film and TV division headed by Chris Giliberti
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Dirk VanderHart / Portland Mercury:
Memo: The Oregonian, owned by Advance Publications, lays off 11 newsroom staffers
Recode:
Facebook's daily active user base in the US and Canada fell for the first time ever in Q4, dropping to 184M from 185M in Q3
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Examining the ethics of journalists buying Twitter followers, after the suspension of Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Richard Roeper