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8:30 AM ET, January 11, 2019

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 Top News: 
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.
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.
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
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.
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Sources: Liberty Media is in talks to invest in talent agency CAA  —  Formula One owner Liberty Media is in talks to invest in Creative Artists Agency, the entertainment and sports group that represents stars from Lady Gaga to Cristiano Ronaldo, according to people briefed on the discussions.
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...”
 
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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+
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
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