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5:05 PM ET, January 18, 2019

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it is testing LOL, a feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips pulled from News Feed posts by top meme Pages  —  How do you do, fellow kids?  After Facebook Watch, Lasso, and IGTV failed to become hits with teens, the company has been quietly developing another youthful video product.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BuzzFeed UK Editor-in-Chief Janine Gibson is leaving at the end of January after more than three years as its head  —  Buzzfeed UK editor-in-chief Janine Gibson has announced she is leaving the news website after more than three years in the top job.  —  Gibson will leave at the end of January …
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
A disorienting interview with Jack Dorsey on his Myanmar tweets, right-wing extremism, and what he'd do if Trump called on his followers to murder journalists  —  A Q&A with Twitter's CEO on right-wing extremism, Candace Owens, and what he'd do if the president called on his followers to murder journalists.
Bill Birnbauer / The Conversation:
US nonprofit media funding: biggest three members of the Institute for Nonprofit News received 40% of donations; the least-funded 20 outlets got less than 2%  —  I analyzed the IRS returns of 60 Institute for Nonprofit News members, about half of the institute's membership at the time.
Julia Reda:
EU's copyright reform with “link tax” and “upload filters” suffers a setback as 11 member states vote against the proposal, making adoption in May less likely  —  Today, Council firmly rejected the negotiating mandate that was supposed to set out Member States' position ahead …
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
AT&T to resume advertising on YouTube after pulling the ads in 2017 because the brand was appearing alongside the offensive videos  —  AT&T, one of the nation's biggest marketers, yanked its advertising dollars from YouTube in 2017 because the brand was appearing alongside offensive videos.
Kali Hays / WWD:
Discussion: Fashionista
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Irish publisher Independent News and Media, owner of the Irish Independent and the Belfast Telegraph, expects to cut 30 jobs as circulation and ad revenue fall  —  Thirty jobs are at risk after a major Irish news publisher outlined a three-year strategic plan aimed at growing digital revenues …
Discussion: Independent.ie
Media Matters for America:
Media Matters study: in 2018, less than 6% of episodes on the five major Sunday morning news shows had segments about climate change, a 13% fall YoY  —  Less than 6 percent of episodes of the five major Sunday morning news shows in 2018 featured any substantial mentions or discussions of climate change …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
News UK has asked the culture secretary to remove some legal guarantees to allow the Times and Sunday Times to share content and staff in a cost savings bid  —  Murdoch publisher wants to remove guarantees to allow it to share content and staff  —  Rupert Murdoch's News UK has asked …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Netflix estimates it accounts for 10% of US TV screen time, shares audience numbers for some movies and TV shows, such as Bird Box's audience of 80M households  —  The streaming service says it now accounts for 10 percent of TV viewing time.  —  Netflix has more than 130 million customers watching its TV shows and movies.
 
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BBC Asian Network editor Arif Ansari found not guilty over his role in the broadcast of the name of a sexual assault victim
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Nathaniel Gleicher / Facebook:
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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