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2:10 PM ET, January 17, 2019

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Facebook:
Facebook removed 364 pages and accounts for misrepresenting themselves when they were in fact linked to employees of Sputnik, a Russian-backed news agency  —  Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Jewish publication The Forward is suspending its print edition and laying off 40% of its staff, including Editor-in-Chief Jane Eisner  —  The Forward is stopping — its print editions.  —  The storied Jewish-American publication is suspending its print operations and plans to lay off …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Les Moonves will pursue an arbitration claim to fight CBS for the $120M severance he was denied after the board determined he was fired for cause  —  Former CBS Corp. chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves will pursue an arbitration claim to fight CBS for the $120 million severance that he was denied …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Alexa will now deliver news briefings to US users in a “newscaster” voice, using tech that adapts Alexa's speaking style to the context of a request  —  Amazon already gave Alexa the ability to whisper, and now it's rolling out another way to change the assistant's speaking style …
Matt Lopez / The Wrap:
Study: 30% of Gen Z'ers and 56% of Millennials say they use Facebook to watch the news, while only 27% and 22% respectively use YouTube to watch it  —  Facebook is used the most for news coverage, while YouTube is used for career development and entertainment purposes, according to new study
Discussion: Mobile Marketer and wibbitz
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Viceland will launch Vice Live, a two-hour show at 9pm ET Monday-Thursday that recaps the day in pop culture and social media, starting February 25  —  F-k it, Viceland is doing it live.  The cable network will revamp its primetime lineup next month to launch a nightly two-hour live show …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Walmart has abandoned plans to launch a new streaming service after talks with the former CEO of Epix fell apart, will instead concentrate on Vudu  —  - Talks with veteran media executive Mark Greenberg fell apart last year, according to people familiar with the matter.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Showrunner Jason Katims, known for Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, is leaving Universal TV for Apple, as tech companies lure show creators away from studios  —  The ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Parenthood’ grad will depart his longtime home at Universal Television and create and develop new projects for the tech giant.
BBC:
Trial of BBC Asian Network editor Arif Ansari begins; suit alleges he is responsible for reporter naming sexual assault victim, thinking it was a pseudonym  —  BBC Asian Network's head of news has gone on trial over the naming of a victim of sexual abuse in a live radio broadcast, a charge he denies.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
New York Times Politics Editor Patrick Healy is using Twitter to give readers an insight into the paper's decision-making process, in an effort to build trust  —  You can guess the kinds of complaints The New York Times gets about its political coverage.  It's too biased, too liberal.
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Streaming platforms in India, including Netflix, adopt a plan to self-regulate content to forestall censorship by the state; Amazon Prime Video will not sign on  —  Netflix and other leading streaming video platforms have signed an agreement to self-regulate content in the booming Indian market.
Discussion: Reuters
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Facebook says it will extend its stricter political ad rules to India, Nigeria, Ukraine, and the EU ahead of upcoming elections in the next few months  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools …
 
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Sports Illustrated:
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is moving from February to May for the first time since it was launched in 1964
Kevin Hardy / Des Moines Register:
Meredith's executive chairman and former CEO, Steve Lacy, will retire in March but remain chairman of the board in a non-executive capacity
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Canadian radio station News 95.7 has apologized after its Twitter account was hacked and racist tweets were posted
Agri Ismal / @a9ri:
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Shira Springer / Nieman Reports:
Research shows women's sports in the US receive only 4% of all sports media coverage, perpetuating the biased belief that fans don't care about women's sports
Brian Stelter / CNN:
New York Media announces that David Haskell will succeed Adam Moss as editor-in-chief, starting April 1; Haskell has been editor for business and strategy
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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
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