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2:35 PM ET, January 13, 2019

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Marcela Kunova / Journalism.co.uk:
Quartz's AI Studio has developed bots to help journalists with data analysis tasks, using machine learning to identify patterns in records and more  —  The US publisher offers reporters with no coding skills a set of free tools to help them write better data-driven stories
Discussion: VentureBeat
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Viacom is in talks to sell a majority share in its channel brands, such as MTV and Nickelodeon, in China  —  Media company is among other multinational corporations facing hurdles in the country  —  Media giant Viacom Inc. VIAB .38% is in talks to sell a majority stake …
Discussion: Bloomberg
CNN:
NBC and Megyn Kelly have officially parted ways; sources say NBC will pay Kelly the remaining sum of her contract, believed to total about $30M  —  (CNN)Two years after she signed with the network amid much fanfare, Megyn Kelly and NBC have officially parted ways.
Sinclair Target / Motherboard:
A look back at the evolution of RSS and why it lost out to centralized information silos on the web controlled by corporations, despite being an open format  —  Before the internet was consolidated into centralized information silos, RSS imagined a better way to let users control their online personas.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify outlines its strategy for podcasts that includes bringing talent in-house or exclusively licensing content and selling ads within its podcasts  —  Having established itself as a top streaming service with now over 200 million users, Spotify this year is preparing to focus more of its attention on podcasts.
Discussion: @niemanlab and hypebot
Financial Times:
A look at how data brokers identify people and how much personal information they sell as IDC forecasts data vendor sales will triple to $10.1B by 2022  —  There are many personal details that Paul-Olivier Dehaye is willing to share online, but the behaviour of his bladder is not one of them.
The Information:
Sources: Viacom in talks to acquire Tubi TV, an ad-supported streaming service partly owned by MGM and Lionsgate; one source estimated a cost of around $300M  —  Nearly every major media company in recent years has launched video streaming services that cost viewers a few dollars a month and don't carry ads …
Discussion: @cityofthetown
Joshua Fruhlinger / Thinknum Media:
Job openings at Vox are up 100% since September 2018, but many are freelance or contract positions, possibly to sidestep the union or adapt to seasonal content  —  Normally an uptick in hiring at a new media company like Vox Media ($VOXMEDIA) is a good sign.  It means that the company is reinvesting in talent.
Discussion: @rafat
Peter Lawrence Kane / SFWeekly:
The East Bay Express has laid off four core members of its editorial staff and is moving to an all-freelance model; editor Robert Gammon remains  —  Four people at the 40-year-old alt-weekly lost their jobs.  —  UPDATE: Robert Gammon, the EBX's editor, has supplied a comment.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
SEC filing: Disney CEO Bob Iger's total compensation in 2018 reached $65.6M, up from $36.2M in 2017, due to increased stock awards  —  On the heels of Disney's historic deal to buy 21st Century Fox, Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger saw a big increase in compensation last year thanks to stock awards …
Discussion: Multichannel News and The Wrap
Washington Post:
Washington Post launches an Arabic-language opinions page with translations of Global Opinion columns, editorials, and op-eds  —  New Arabic-language destination will feature translated pieces from writers around the world  —  The Washington Post Opinions section today announced the launch …
 
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