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5:05 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 …
Matthew Kassel / Columbia Journalism Review:
As President Trump's press bashing continues unabated, local journalists face increased incidents of being spurned and vilified by elected officials  —  Douglas Burns, a fourth-generation journalist, is co-owner of the Daily Times Herald in Carroll, Iowa, a newspaper that has been in his family since 1929.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:   WH researcher: Trump participated in 338 short Q&As with reporters in his first two years in office, compared to 75 for Obama, 243 for GW Bush, 394 for Clinton
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 …
Washington Post:
Over half the top 20 YouTube search results for “RBG” this week pointed to false far-right videos, spotlighting how misleading videos bury credible content  —  Conspiracy theories about the health of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have dominated YouTube this week …
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.
Brianna Sacks / BuzzFeed News:
Ex-staffers of Freedom Daily say Brian Kolfage, who raised $20M via a GoFundMe campaign for Trump's wall, pushed them to fabricate stories for his website  —  “He never wanted the truth.  It was all just for clicks, and the more inflammatory, the better," a former employee said.
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 …
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.
 
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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
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”
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CNN:
Some question whether National Enquirer investigated Jeff Bezos to please Trump, but sources deny that Trump's animosity toward Bezos spurred the story
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