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12:35 PM ET, January 5, 2019


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Dylan Byers / Byers Market:
Sources: Facebook execs “fed up” with NYT coverage and frustrated by a sponsored post on how to leave Facebook; NYT EIC says coverage is separate from business  —  What's Next: Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives are fed up with The New York Times after weeks …
Jack Hough / Barron's Online:
Bob Iger on Disney's streaming efforts, BAMTech acquisition, and challenges like changing compensation models as the company's new services get closer to launch  —  Burbank, Calif.—At Walt Disney (DIS) headquarters in this studio-filled city, Suite 3H in the original animation building holds stacks …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Media critics say cable news networks should rethink airing President Trump's comments live during press briefings, which can often be PR stunts  —  New York (CNN)Should cable news networks air President Donald Trump's words in real time?  —  Since the 2016 campaign, news organizations …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Trump makes an unexpected appearance in the White House briefing room, tricking CNN and Fox News into airing a propaganda session live
Lucia Moses / Business Insider:
Three of Axios' top technical executives, including its CTO plus multiple design employees, have left in the last six months over tensions about product mission  —  - Axios has lost its top three technical executives, all in the past six months.  — They were heads of technology, product …
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New York Times:
Los Angeles sues the company behind the Weather Channel app, which is owned by IBM, for slyly using location data for commercial purposes  —  The Weather Channel app deceptively collected, shared and profited from the location information of millions of American consumers …
The New York Times Company:
Slate's Chief Political Correspondent Jamelle Bouie is joining The New York Times' Opinion section as a columnist  —  All: We're very happy to tell you that Jamelle Bouie is joining Times Opinion as a columnist, the newest member of the most excellent and eclectic lineup of opinion voices in English-language journalism.
Nicole Jao / TechNode:
iQiyi unveils iQiyi Vertical Zone, a channel dedicated to portrait mode viewing on its mobile app, says it plans to launch 20 vertical video series this year  —  Chinese video streaming platform iQiyi has launched a new channel in its mobile app dedicated to portrait mode viewing …
Kate Erbland / IndieWire:
Despite a shift in attitudes surrounding gender inequality in Hollywood, the fraction of female directors working on top-earning films declined to 8% in 2018  —  Although Time's Up and #MeToo caused a major attitude change regarding gender parity in Hollywood, the latest Celluloid Ceiling report …
Todd VanDerWerff / Vox:
As publications cut back on culture writing or eliminate it entirely, a look at why cultural criticism helps us understand our society better  —  Cultural criticism is journalism.  And in an era when fewer outlets support it, we need more of it, not less  —  I've been thinking about The Hateful Eight a lot lately.
Marcus Baram / Fast Company:
In her new book, Jill Abramson says the NYT's publisher drafted a letter “all but apologizing” to the Chinese govt for a Pulitzer-winning story on corruption  —  In her new book Merchants of Truth, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson claims that the news outlet's publisher drafted …
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
How The Weekly Standard met its end, amid pressure from parent company execs and subscribers, as some editors plot an attempt to revive it  —  The Weekly Standard was killed last month, an act that had both a clear culprit and a muddy forensic trail.  For twenty-three years …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Conde Nast Britain made a pre-tax loss of £13.5M in 2017, down from a pre-tax profit of £6.7M in 2016  —  Vogue and GQ publisher Conde Nast made a pre-tax loss of £13.5m in 2017, down from a pre-tax profit of £6.7m a year earlier.  —  The magazine publisher …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix revises its operating expenses, revealing it spent $534M more on streaming operations for the first nine months of 2018 than previously reported
Owen Churchill / South China Morning Post:
LinkedIn restores Chinese access to the profile of US-based activist Zhou Fengsuo after blocking it a day earlier, says the profile was blocked in error
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Michael Schneider / Variety:
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T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
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