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7:20 PM ET, January 11, 2019

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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.
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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 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 …
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
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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 …
Kit Walsh / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Bird sends dubious DMCA takedown notice to Boing Boing over a post explaining how to legally buy an abandoned Bird scooter and convert it to a personal scooter  —  Every now and then we have to remind someone that it's not illegal for people to report facts that they dislike.
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 …
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 …
 
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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
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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