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7:20 PM ET, February 1, 2018


 Top News: 
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.
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, 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  —  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.
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 …
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
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