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3:05 PM ET, January 11, 2019

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Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook's fact-checking operation launches in the UK and partners with the independent charity Full Fact publisher to assess the accuracy of content  —  Social network brings in independent charity in attempt to tackle misinformation  —  Facebook's fact-checking operation is launching in the UK …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
In SEC filing, Fox confirms it won't bid on the 22 regional sports networks Disney must sell  —  The new-model Fox Corp. will not be a bidder in the auction of the 22 regional sports networks that Disney is set to buy from 21st Century Fox.  —  Fox confirmed in a Securities …
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 …
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.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google has stopped making its Chromecast Audio streaming adapter, focusing on smart speakers instead  —  Google has stopped making its Chromecast Audio streaming adapter, and is instead focused on smart speakers going forward.  A company spokesperson confirmed Friday that Chromecast Audio …
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 and The Wrap
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, New Yorker and Politico
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Producers of French TV shows agree to give Salto, an OTT service for French content, extensive and exclusive content rights, blocking sales to Netflix, others  —  France's major broadcasting companies have struck a deal with producers that will allow them to remove their content from streaming services …
Piano Blog:
Piano, which provides content monetization and paywall tech, raises $22M Series B led by Updata Partners  —  New York — Piano, the leading content monetization and audience intelligence technology company, today announces it raised a $22M Series B funding round, led by Updata Partners.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Agenda, owned by The Financial Times, removes quotes attributed to Les Moonves from a story after representatives for Moonves denied he spoke with the reporters  —  Agenda, a news service owned by The Financial Times, published an interview with someone claiming to be Mr. Moonves shortly after he was fired as chief executive of CBS.
 
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Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Tribune Media and Charter resolve carriage dispute, ending a blackout of 33 stations that began on January 2
CNN:
Some question whether National Enquirer investigated Jeff Bezos to please Trump, but sources deny that Trump's animosity toward Bezos spurred the story
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The Information:
Sources say Amazon is developing a game streaming service, but it isn't likely to launch until next year at the earliest
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+
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
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
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