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1:20 PM ET, January 19, 2019

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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Mueller's office disputes description of statements, documents, and testimony in a BuzzFeed story on Trump and Cohen; BuzzFeed says it's confident in its report  —  Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's office on Friday denied an explosive report by BuzzFeed News that his investigators …
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Pixar's Lee Unkrich, who directed Toy Story 3 and Coco, is leaving the company after 25 years; sources say the departure is amicable  —  The move marks an end of an era.  —  Lee Unkrich, the Oscar-winning director behind Toy Story 3 and Coco, is leaving Pixar Animation Studios.
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.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Disney rearranges business segments for earnings reports to reflect income from streaming operations, will present its streaming investment plans on April 11  —  Disney has rejiggered its business segments for earnings reporting to make room for the new unit housing its global streaming operations.
Discussion: MediaPost and Multichannel News
Eric Johnson / Recode:
Interview with Axios business editor Dan Primack on producing newsletters, valuations of VC-backed online media, Facebook, IPOs in 2019, and the launch at Axios  —  “I want to tell a reader something they don't know yet ... I want to make them feel smart when they get to work and feel like they're ready to do their jobs."
Discussion: @edmundlee
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.
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
Dave McNary / Variety:
Several Hollywood figures back Open Screenplay, a free online platform that helps people write screenplays publicly or privately  —  With backing from longtime Hollywood player Sandy Climan, Khaled Sabawi has quietly launched Open Screenplay as a free online platform for aspiring screenwriters.
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.
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 …
 
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Press Gazette:
BBC Asian Network editor Arif Ansari found not guilty over his role in the broadcast of the name of a sexual assault victim
Kali Hays / WWD:
Cuts at Conde Nast continue: Glamour cuts “a handful” of staffers, GQ and Wired together cut ~10 people, and Allure is said to be losing a couple of positions
Discussion: Fashionista
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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
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
Discussion: Press Gazette
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
Caroline Scott / Journalism.co.uk:
Interview with Mike Castellucci, creator and producer of Phoning It In, an Emmy Award-winning news series that is shot entirely with an iPhone