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8:15 AM ET, January 11, 2019

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Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Some Twitter users in China, of which there are 3.2M, face detention and threats in Beijing's broad and punitive new censorship push  —  SHANGHAI — One man spent 15 days in a detention center.  The police threatened another's family.  A third was chained to a chair for eight hours of interrogation.
Reuters:
Myanmar court rejects the appeal of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in jail for their reporting  —  Thu Thu Aung, Poppy McPherson  —  YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar court on Friday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years …
Discussion: Press Gazette and New York Times
CNN:
Some question whether National Enquirer investigated Jeff Bezos to please Trump, but sources deny that Trump's animosity toward Bezos spurred the story  —  (CNN)A few hours after Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced their divorce, the National Enquirer had an announcement of its own.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Washington Post Publisher Fred Ryan joins US lawmakers to memorialize Jamal Khashoggi 100 days after his death: “we can't just let Jamal's story fade away”  —  Dozen of lawmakers and Washington leaders paid tribute to slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday at the Capitol …
Discussion: The Hill and New Yorker
The Information:
Sources say Amazon is developing a game streaming service, but it isn't likely to launch until next year at the earliest  —  Amazon is developing a service for streaming videogames over the internet, joining Microsoft, Google and other companies that are building similar offerings …
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Sources: layoffs hit the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group and Valence Media, affecting about 22 people including the CMO and Billboard's managing editor  —  Roughly 22 people have been affected by layoffs at the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, as well as its corporate owner Valence Media …
Discussion: The Wrap
Rani Molla / Recode:
Top US ad buyers: Amazon could get 12% of total digital ad spending in 2020, up from 6% in 2018; Facebook's main platform may lose three percentage points  —  Top ad buyers say increased spending on Amazon is mostly coming from other digital platforms.  —  Amazon could double …
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Super Bowl ad inventory is “over 90% sold”, CBS ad sales chief Jo Ann Ross says; prices are $5M+ for a 30-second spot  —  Title sponsors secured for each pre- and postgame hour  —  CBS ad sales chief Jo Ann Ross and her team began selling ads for Super Bowl LIII as soon as Super Bowl LII ended last year.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon's IMDb launches Freedive, an ad-supported streaming service offering movies and TV shows in the US; site now lists 130+ free movies and 29 shows  —  Amazon has extended its tentacles into the ad-supported VOD space — stocking IMDb with a back-catalog of dozens of movies and TV shows that are free to watch.
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Memo: BBC executive Gavin Allen tells corporation staffers to stop using phrase “BBC understands”, claiming it is a “slightly pompous distancing phrase”  —  OK, so if you're a fan of BBC News you've probably noticed a phrase that pops up in its stories and headlines all the bloody time: “BBC understands...”
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
The Cube, the social media news desk for Euronews, shows TV viewers how it debunks false information that gets spread online  —  The social media newsdesk at Euronews aims to respond to falsehoods faster than TV studios to help rebuild trust in the media  —  The conversation …
 
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Tegna, Hearst, and E.W. Scripps plan to submit final offers for Cox Enterprises' 14 TV stations by January 30; sources say stations could fetch $2B+
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Source: Ice Cube approached Viacom about a joint bid for Fox's regional sports networks with his Big3 basketball league
New York Times:
Sources: White House Communications Chief Bill Shine has fallen out of favor with Trump, while many of his colleagues are disappointed with his performance
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Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Politico launches California Pro, a new subscription product to cover California on subjects ranging from immigration to policy, priced in mid-four-figure range
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Discussing the decline of TV, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish says driverless, 5G-connected cars would add viewing minutes in the same way the bedroom TV did
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Horserace coverage in political journalism is widely derided but it has many benefits, from enlivening the news cycle to giving readers an insider's view
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
AP has clarified its “two to tango” tweet on a fact-checking story after critics said the tweet created a false equivalence in the US budget debates
Casey Newton / The Verge:
NYU and Princeton study of 3,500 US adults: 11% of those over 65 have shared a hoax article on Facebook, while just 3% of those 18 to 29 have done so