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9:50 AM ET, January 31, 2019

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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: CBS board wants company to grow, first through a merger with Viacom, possibly followed by Discovery acquisition; CBS hoping to find CEO by end of March  —  The CBS board has decided the company needs to get bigger, but merging with Viacom is not enough for Shari Redstone …
Rafi Schwartz / Splinter:
Leaked audio from a BuzzFeed all-hands staff meeting indicates CEO Jonah Peretti acknowledged the layoff process was “terrible” and criticized company leaks  —  With BuzzFeed's latest round of mass layoffs over, CEO Jonah Peretti hosted an all-hands meeting on Wednesday …
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Max Willens / Digiday:
How BuzzFeed is reorganizing and charting a path to a sustainable business, according to sources and a memo CEO Jonah Peretti sent to employees Tuesday night
Athena Jones / CNN:
New York AG finds selling fake followers and likes or using stolen IDs on social media is illegal in case against Devumi, which served actors, musicians, others  —  New York (CNN Business)A company that brought in millions of dollars in revenue by creating fake social media posts and comments …
Khaoula Ghanem / Vogue Arabia:
Wired Middle East, licensed to Vogue Arabia-publisher Nervora, to launch as a dual-language site in the spring, with print special issues starting in fall 2019  —  Today, Condé Nast International and Nervora, the Dubai-based publisher of Vogue Arabia, announced that they are extending …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Reporters at Insider were told to take a break from tweeting and reading TweetDeck for a week; other journalists have panned and defended the value of Twitter  —  NEW YORK (AP) — If Twitter is the town square for journalists, some are ready to step away.  —  That's happening this week …
James Walker / Press Gazette:
NewsGuard, whose trustworthiness ratings are available on Chrome and Edge, improves its rating of the Daily Mail from red to green to indicate its accuracy  —  US news website rating tool Newsguard has changed its verdict on Mail Online after originally declaring the UK's most-read news website failed …
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Free ad-supported streaming services are on the rise as consumers reach subscription overload and premium services move away from licensed video  —  People who pooh-pooh the cord-cutting phenomenon love to argue that the cost of streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu really adds up …
Joy Press / Vanity Fair:
Interview with HBO execs and creators, including Chairman Richard Plepler and programming chief Casey Bloys, on the networks' original programming plans  —  At HBO's 2018 post-Emmys party in West Hollywood, Richard Plepler, the network's chairman and C.E.O., orbited the Pacific Design Center like a spinning top of schmooze.
Discussion: Business Insider
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New York Media recognizes the New York Magazine Union, with about 180 full-time and part-time staff across Vulture, Intelligencer, the Cut, and more  —  New York magazine's editorial employees have unionized amid stalled talks to sell the iconic title and its popular web sites.
Discussion: @nymagunion and @nyguild
David Cohen / Adweek:
Reddit launches cost-per-click ads following a months-long beta with 50+ advertisers, saying it's Reddit's first foray into performance-driven ad bidding  —  They announced their new initiative on Wednesday  —  Reddit is making what it calls its first foray into performance-driven ad bidding …
Camille Fassett / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Trump's government shutdown ground transparency to a halt by slowing or stopping the processing of FOIA requests at federal agencies  —  During President Trump's shutdown of parts of the federal government over a border wall, transparency was declared a nonessential part of the government's operations …
 
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Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
How local media in the extremely Catholic greater Cincinnati area covered the viral Covington Catholic story, and are now dealing with accusations of bias
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
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Stephanie Sugars / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Analysis of Trump's anti-press tweets since announcing his candidacy show an escalation from targeting specific journalists to attacking the media as a whole
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources describe how Donald Trump Jr.'s fixer Arthur Schwartz wages war against the media through information trading and social media agitation
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T Q4: WarnerMedia revenue was up 5.9% YoY to $9.2B, but Entertainment Group revenue was down 4.8% YoY to $12B amid subscriber losses for DirecTV, DirecTV Now
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Report: Apple told studios and networks to be ready for a launch of Apple's streaming service by mid-April, the same month investors see a Disney+ preview