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2:05 PM ET, February 2, 2018

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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Sources: LA Times troubles can be traced to Tronc board manipulation by Eddy Hartenstein, Michael Ferro; Ferro seems to be using Tronc for personal enrichment  —  After years of painful, protracted decline, the Los Angeles Times has recently descended into chaos: There have been three editors …
Discussion: @dylanbyers
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Ricardo Lopez / Variety:
Kimi Yoshino returns to LA Times following her suspension by D'Vorkin on suspicion of leaking to outside newspapers about internal turmoil  —  Kimi Yoshino, the Los Angeles Times business editor unceremoniously suspended last week without a public explanation, is returning to work Thursday.
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube says it will start labeling videos from state-funded broadcasters like PBS and RT, considers surfacing videos from credible sources alongside hoaxes  —  Google unit to provide more context around some videos  —  YouTube said it is planning changes to give users more context …
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Media was escorted from RNC's winter meeting on Thursday as Trump called them “haters” and criticized State of the Union address coverage  —  Media was escorted out of the Republican National Committee's winter meeting on Thursday just as President Donald Trump labeled them …
Discussion: Voice of America
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Financial Times acquires majority stake in London-based research and content firm Longitude  —  The Financial Times is bolstering its commercial offering for clients with the acquisition of London-based research company Longitude.  —  With 910,000 paying print and digital readers …
Janko Rottgers / Variety:
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
AT&T looks to launch next-gen version of DirecTV Now this spring and a voice-controlled client that supports DirecTV Now and other OTT services by end of year  —  Will launch next-gen DirecTV Now platform this spring, new thin-client streaming device by end of year
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
After dominating Sundance for the past two years, Amazon and Netflix skip acquisitions at the festival this year and instead focus on in-house productions  —  “Frankly, I was confused,” says one agent as the top streamers suddenly give festival fare the cold shoulder in favor of homegrown originals …
Discussion: The New York Observer
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Researchers say publisher of Newsweek and IBTimes used fraudulent methods to inflate traffic to get ad deals; company acknowledges buying traffic, denies fraud  —  Several of Newsweek Media Group's business websites are buying and manipulating traffic that originates on pirated video streaming sites.
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Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Sources: CNN cuts tech staff working on MoneyStream app, which began in 2016 and offered information on stocks and personalities, may delete app from App Store  —  CNN MoneyStream, which CNN wanted to shape into a Bleacher Report for business news, will become an automated feed of stories.
Liz Moyer / CNBC:
CBS and Viacom say both companies have formed board committees to explore a merger  —  CBS and Viacom are nearer to officially starting talks on reuniting.  —  The companies said in separate statements Thursday that their boards have formed exploratory committees to mull a deal.
 
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Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Google releases YouTube TV app for Apple TV and select Roku devices for $35/month, bundling over 50 channels with option to separately purchase more
Caroline Lees / European Journalism Observatory:
Reuters study: in Italy and France, false news sites' reach is much lower than that of news sites; Facebook interactions for a few false sites exceed news orgs
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HuffPost:
Tronc confirms two top editors at New York Daily News, Rob Moore and Alexander “Doc” Jones, are no longer with company after sexual harassment investigations
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Financial Times:
Sources: BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith has held preliminary talks with the Emerson Collective, funded by Laurene Powell Jobs, about investing in BuzzFeed News
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Owner of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard combines media outlets with Dick Clark Productions and House of Cards producer MRC to create Valence Media