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1:30 PM ET, January 16, 2019

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Rachel Yang / Variety:
Roku says it is removing two Infowars channels on its platform after criticism from users and a rebuke from some Sandy Hook families  —  Roku has taken the Infowars channel off its platform after the streaming device faced criticism for carrying the controversial program hosted by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: US homes receiving over-the-air broadcast channels without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription increased 48% to 16M over the past 8 years  —  The number of U.S. households without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription that instead receive broadcast stations using …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube updates its policies, says it prohibits harmful and dangerous challenges and pranks following stunts like the Bird Box and Tide Pod challenges  —  YouTube to creators: don't  —  YouTube has a new message for creators looking to participate in dangerous or potentially harmful stunts …
Associated Press:
Iranian state broadcaster Press TV says its American-born news anchor Marzieh Hashemi was arrested on Sunday after arriving in the US  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The English-language arm of Iran's state television broadcaster is reporting that its prominent American-born news anchor was arrested after flying into the United States.
Daniel Reynolds / Advocate:
Memo: Grindr lays off the editorial and social teams of Into, its online LGBTQ magazine launched in August 2017, because the company wants to refocus on video  —  Into, Grindr's online LGBTQ publication, laid off its entire editorial staff and its corresponding social media team on Tuesday …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Mic.com has begun quietly publishing again, with articles from two new writers, just weeks after laying off its entire staff and selling itself to Bustle  —  Relaunch is an “appalling but not surprising move,” NewsGuild of New York tells TheWrap  —  Mic.com has begun quietly publishing again …
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
UK newspapers are stockpiling newsprint and ink in case the country exits the EU in March without a deal  —  - Publishing industry among businesses preparing for no deal  — Political paralysis over exit has worsened business concerns  —  With the political chaos of Brexit filling …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
NYT SVP for global advertising says the publisher has not seen ad revenues drop after blocking all open-exchange ad buying on its European pages after GDPR  —  When the General Data Protection Regulation arrived last year, The New York Times didn't take any chances.
 
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Edmund Lee / New York Times:
NewsGuard, a ratings service for news that helps filter misinformation, signs Microsoft as its first client; Microsoft will install it on its mobile browser
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
A Montenegro court has sentenced investigative journalist Jovo Martinović to 18 months in jail on charges that press freedom advocates have called “bogus”
Joe Uchill / Axios:
Report: hackers on a Russian-language hacker forum have been offering to sell access to the content management systems of news sites, including 1,425 US sites
Discussion: @joeuchill
Scott Tobias / The Ringer:
Dueling Netflix and Hulu documentaries on the failed Fyre Festival raise ethics questions, including paying the festival founder for an interview and footage
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Financial Times says its FT Secondary Schools program, which lifts the paywall for participants and was rolled out in 2017, now serves 2.3K schools globally
Discussion: Financial Times
 Earlier Picks: 
Li Zhou / Vox:
In confirmation hearing, US AG nominee William Barr says he could “conceive of situations where, as a last resort”, reporters may be jailed for doing their jobs
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
NBC News standards department initially told staff to avoid calling Rep. Steve King's comments about white supremacy “racist”, then revised standards
Peter Kafka / Recode:
A breakdown of Facebook's $300M contribution to journalism: $16M to orgs including the Pulitzer Center, $20M to expand subscription pilot globally, more
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Netflix raises prices for US subscribers by 13%-18%, its biggest hike ever, immediately affecting new subscribers, over next three months for existing customers