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12:10 PM ET, January 31, 2019

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Hulu to launch banner ads, which will appear after viewers pause video, in Q2 2019; hopes all non-disruptive ads will comprise 50% of ad revenue within 3 years  —  Just to get this out of the way: Yes, Hulu is introducing an ad unit that will show up when you pause a video.  But no, the ad won't be a video.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: @nyguild and @nymagunion
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 …
Jeremy Littau / Wired:
Monopolistic thinking and lack of attention to the internet's role in distribution has decimated media, but foundation journalism, subs, and community can help  —  LAST WEEK, LAYOFFS at BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Gannett landed like consecutive punches.  The news signaled a difficult year ahead …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Ultraviolet, the cloud movie locker that launched in 2011 with support from major Hollywood studios, is shutting down on July 31  —  Ultraviolet, a cloud movie locker once hailed as Hollywood's best bet to get consumers hooked on digital movies, is shuttering.
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 …
 
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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
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
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