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6:25 PM ET, January 24, 2019

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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
In email to staff, CEO Jonah Peretti says BuzzFeed will make a 15% overall reduction in headcount next week, will share more about its future structure soon  —  “Unfortunately, revenue growth by itself isn't enough to be successful in the long run," CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in an email to staff.
Tom Kludt / CNN:
HuffPost layoffs: WGAE spokesperson says at least 15 union members laid off; non-union managers also affected; head of opinion section says unit is “no more”  —  New York (CNN)Some employees at HuffPost learned Thursday morning that their days in the newsroom are numbered, as layoffs hit the popular news website.
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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
BuzzFeed News:
YouTube's “Up Next” still suggests conspiracy videos, hate group videos, and pirated videos after news searches; YouTube says it's still working to improve  —  How many clicks through YouTube's “Up Next” recommendations does it take to go from an anodyne PBS clip …
Discussion: @ceodonovan, @cwarzel, @cwarzel and @cwarzel
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google partners with Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony's visual effects and animation studio, to launch an open source render manager called OpenCue  —  Google today announced that it has partnered with Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony's visual effects and animation studio, to launch OpenCue, an open-source render manager.
Discussion: Variety, VentureBeat and 9to5Google
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Sources: ratings company Nielsen is looking to sell itself at a potential valuation of $10B; private equity firm Blackstone is a prospective buyer  —  Nielsen just got a pop in the ratings — among deep-pocketed buyout firms, that is.  —  Nielsen Holdings — the 95-year-old consumer research firm best known …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sports Illustrated partners with Liverpool Football Club and will air Liverpool content including matches across all leagues and original content weekly  —  Sports Illustrated plans to show full Liverpool soccer matches on its subscription streaming channel.  But in a unique arrangement, these games won't be available live.
Discussion: Awful Announcing
Sheila Marikar / Fortune:
How Quibi's Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman are landing top talent in entertainment and media ahead of the mobile video platform's launch by year's end  —  The movie mogul (Disney, DreamWorks Animation) and tech executive (eBay, Hewlett Packard) are aiming for short-form glory with the well-funded Quibi.
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
Pinna, a premium podcast service for kids programming previously under Panoply's umbrella, is being spun out into a standalone company backed by Graham Holdings  —  Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts.  This is issue 192, published January 22, 2019.  —  Pinna stands alone.
Discussion: Hot Pod News and RAIN News
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 …
Eric Wahlforss / @ericw:
Eric Wahlforss, one of SoundCloud's two co-founders, announces he will step back from day-to-day operations on March 1, but will continue in an advisory role  —  After 11+ years of building SoundCloud, it is time for me to take a break, reflect and think about what's next. I will be stepping back from day-to-day operations and into an advisory role on March 1st. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved and deeply grateful. pic.twitter.com/71DQ8h0Sjv
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 …
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The Daily Beast:
The writers of the report on sex allegations against Bryan Singer say Hearst killed the story; source says Hearst Magazines President Troy Young made decision
Vanessa Romo / NPR:
Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, who was arrested on arrival in US this month and jailed until she testified before a grand jury, has been released  —  An Iranian broadcast journalist who was detained by U.S. authorities as a material witness for 10 days, is with her U.S. family …
Discussion: RT
 
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Steven Hsieh / Phoenix New Times:
Two laid off at The Arizona Republic, sources say, as Gannett cost cutting hits newspapers in Indianapolis, Knoxville, TN, Asheville, NC, and more
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Microsoft now offers NewsGuard, a plug-in that guides users on which news websites can be trusted, as an option on mobile versions of its Edge browser
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google launches YouTube TV in 95 new US markets, says it now covers 98% of US households
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Consumer finance journalist Martin Lewis drops his lawsuit against Facebook over scam ads, after the company agrees to donate £3M to set up an anti-scam project