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2:05 PM ET, January 4, 2019


 Top News: 
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 …
Discussion: @laurenjohnson and @jyarow
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Kendall Baker / Axios:
Axios has acquired Sports Internet, a newsletter run by ex-ESPN staffer and Bleacher Report writer Kendall Baker, and will relaunch it as Axios Sports on Monday  —  Dearest readers, I'm beyond excited to announce that Sports Internet has been acquired by Axios and will be relaunching as Axios Sports on Monday.
Discussion: @kenvogel and @axios
Jason Guerrasio / Business Insider:
Memo: MoviePass Product Manager Eric Jeng resigns from the company, citing its response to allegations of inappropriate behavior  —  - On Wednesday, a MoviePass product manager, Eric Jeng, resigned after one year at the company.  — In a 704-word letter sent to the entire company …
Discussion: @nmcalone
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 …
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 …
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  —  Netflix has changed the way it accounts for personnel expenses related to its streaming service — a move showing the company has invested …
Michael Schneider / Variety:
NatGeo suspends episodes of Neil deGrasse Tyson's StarTalk amid probe of sexual misconduct allegations; results of probe expected in “the next few weeks”  —  National Geographic Channel has pulled its long-running Neil deGrasse Tyson chat show “StarTalk” off the air, at least for now …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The UK's i newspaper signs syndication deal with The Economist and will run two articles from the magazine a week  —  The i newspaper will run selected articles from The Economist, both in print and online, as part of a new deal between the two news titles.
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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
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
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T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
AT&T files trademark applications for “Verge TV”, but The Verge notes its name is trademarked and highlights its existing YouTube channel
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Netflix faced a tough balancing act when Saudi officials claimed an episode of Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act violated local law