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1:35 AM ET, February 6, 2019

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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Leaked audio: Vice news chief Josh Tyrangiel says Vice is nearing a deal with Hulu for a new show, and revenue loss after end of HBO show contributed to layoffs  —  “We now have paper.  We now have pens.  The pens are not on paper," Vice executive Josh Tyrangiel says of the deal
Anjali Robins / CNBC:
Disney beats estimates with Q1 net income of $2.79B on revenue of $15.3B vs. $15.14B expected; media networks revenue increased 7% YoY to $5.9B  —  - Investors and analysts are looking for new details on the company's direct-to-consumer plans and an update on its pending $71.3 billion acquisition …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Disney says ESPN+, its standalone subscription streaming service that launched in April, has 2M+ users, up from 1M in September
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Owen S. Good / Polygon:
Machinima is now officially closed, two weeks after it went offline, with layoffs of 81 people but a “select number” remaining to work at AT&T's Otter Media  —  Parent company confirms shutdown two weeks after everything went offline  —  Machinima is officially no more.
Amanda Darrach / Columbia Journalism Review:
Amid buyouts and possible layoffs, McClatchy's board increased CEO Craig Forman's monthly stipend for travel, housing, and security from $5,000 to $35,000  —  BuzzFeed, HuffPo, Gannett, Vice.  This has already been a ruthless year for layoffs in digital journalism.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Reddit is raising $150M to $300M in a Series D led by Tencent at a $2.7B pre-money valuation  —  Reddit is raising $150 million to $300 million to keep the front page of the Internet running, multiple sources tell TechCrunch.  The forthcoming Series D round is said to be led …
Greg Dool / Folio:
American Media, publisher of National Enquirer, Us Weekly, and Men's Journal, has acquired TEN: Publishing's 14 brands in its Adventure Sports Network  —  National Enquirer publisher American Media has acquired TEN: Publishing's Adventure Sports Network, a group of 14 action sports brands …
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Around one-third of the content published by Bloomberg News uses some form of automated technology, with more news outlets beginning to rely on AI  —  As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is on the rise.
Columbia Journalism Review:
French investigative news site Mediapart faced an attempted raid without a warrant from prosecutors who work for Emmanuel Macron  —  On the morning of February 4, staff members at Mediapart, the French independent investigative website, were just finishing an editorial meeting when the bell to their office rang.
 
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Kim Severson / New York Times:
The Los Angeles Times is resuming a print section dedicated to food in April, to be delivered on Thursdays, with new staff members to fill its pages
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The Washington Post adds International Women's Media Foundation and James W. Foley Legacy Foundation to Press Freedom Partnership
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Sun Basket Meals becomes the latest company to remove its ads from Tucker Carlson's Fox News show
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK broadcaster Sky News is celebrating its 30th anniversary by broadcasting non-stop behind-the-scenes footage of its newsroom all day
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
CBS says 98.2M people watched the Super Bowl, the smallest television audience for the event since 2008, while 2.6M viewed via streaming
Vox:
15 influencers, including Jonah Peretti, Ro Khanna, Brooke Binkowski, Malcolm Gladwell, Mark Warner, and Kara Swisher, weigh in on Facebook on its 15th birthday
Philana Patterson / USA Today:
Gannett says its board has unanimously rejected an acquisition offer from Digital First Media, saying that the offer is not credible and undervalues the company