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4:35 PM ET, January 23, 2019

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The Atlantic:
Four additional men accuse Bryan Singer, director of X-Men and Bohemian Rhapsody, of seducing or raping them as minors  —  Over the past two decades, Bryan Singer's films—The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Superman Returns, four of the X-Men movies—have earned more than $3 billion at the box office …
CNBC:
Verizon Media Group, which owns Yahoo and AOL, plans to cut 7% of its global workforce, according to an email to employees from CEO Guru Gowrappan  —  Independent Programming Subscribe to CNBC PRO Licensing & Reprints Join the CNBC Panel Advertise With Us Closed Captioning Digital Products Privacy Policy Internships
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Condé Nast will put all its titles behind paywalls by the end of the year, after success with metered paywalls for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Wired  —  Magazine publisher expects subscription revenue to increase significantly  —  Magazine publisher Condé Nast said it would put …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
After Netflix price hikes, Hulu will lower its base, ad-supported subscription plan to $6/mo, down from $8/mo, and hike its Live TV service to $45/mo on Feb. 26  —  The core service is getting cheaper, but live TV now costs more  —  Hulu just announced that it will lower the price of its base …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Reporters Maya Kosoff and Anna Breslaw leave the new Gawker after Bustle Digital Group refused to oust editorial director Carson Griffith over offensive remarks  —  The new site's only two full-time writers exited Wednesday in protest of editorial director Carson Griffith's offensive remarks about everything from race to penis size.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Economist will launch The Intelligence, a 20-minute daily news podcast on Jan. 29, which has taken a year to create and is supported by eight new staffers  —  The Economist is the latest publisher to launch a daily news podcast in order to broaden its reach in audio and ultimately drive people to subscribe.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google launches YouTube TV in 95 new US markets, says it now covers 98% of US households  —  98 percent of US households are covered as of today, with the rest coming soon  —  YouTube TV is finally nearing nationwide availability.  The streaming TV service first launched in February 2017 …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Microsoft is automatically installing NewsGuard, a plug-in that guides users on which news websites can be trusted, on mobile versions of its Edge browser  —  Mail Online rated one out of five for credibility by new feature to fight fake news  —  Microsoft's internet browser is warning users …
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Facebook tightens its policies, says it may now remove networks of fraudulent pages and groups created by people who previously breached its rules  —  PAGES AND GROUPS are the tools Facebook misinformation peddlers love the most.  Creating a network of anonymous pages is one of the easiest ways …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News is launching “Hannity on Air”, a look at the opening monologue of Sean Hannity's radio show, on its Fox Nation video streaming service next week  —  Sean Hannity sometimes tells younger colleagues at Fox News Channel that he is “the bridge between two generations of Fox” …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Patreon says it has 3M+ patrons, up by 1M+ in 2018, who support 100K+ creators; the company will pay creators $500M in 2019, reach $1B paid since launch in 2013  —  Membership services platform Patreon now has more than 3 million patrons who pay to support any of its over 100,000 creators every month, the company announced Wednesday.
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Two-time Pulitzer winner Russell Baker, whose Observer column appeared in The New York Times and other papers for 36 years, has died at 93  —  Russell Baker, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose whimsical, irreverent “Observer” column appeared in The New York Times and hundreds …
Gene Demby / NPR:
With the exception of news outlets run by and aimed at people of color, mainstream news outlets employ euphemisms rather than use the word “racist”  —  In 1964, the New Yorker dispatched the writer Richard Rovere to follow Barry Goldwater, the senator from Arizona …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cheddar launches on PlayStation Vue, is now available on all US over-the-top subscription services; CEO projects the company will be profitable in Q4
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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sinclair, the largest operator of local TV stations in the US, hires liberal commentator Ameshia Cross as a counterpoint to its heavily-conservative commentary
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Google announces it will contribute an additional $3.1M to Wikimedia and give Wikipedia editors free access to Custom Search API and Cloud Vision API
Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
Endeavor Content hires Tim Robinson, formerly COO of production company Avalon, for its newly created COO role
Discussion: Variety
Olga Mitina / INMA:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Viacom to acquire Pluto TV, a free, ad-supported streaming service, for $340M in cash; Pluto TV to operate as an independent subsidiary when the deal closes
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
The Motion Picture Association of America has added Netflix as a member, the first internet-based service to be added
John Wagner / Washington Post:
On Twitter, Trump says he told Sarah Sanders “not to bother” with press briefings, citing his belief that the press covers her “rudely and inaccurately”
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ESPN has named Brian Lockhart as executive producer of original content for ESPN+; Disney says 568K new subscribers joined the service last Friday and Saturday
Discussion: MediaPost and The Wrap
Natalia Drozdiak / Bloomberg:
Google may pull its News service from Europe, in response to proposed EU copyright law, which would require it to pay publishers when articles appear in search