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5:00 AM ET, January 6, 2019


 Top News: 
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 …
Ashley Rodriguez / Quartz:
Netflix has released about 345 original series, movies, and other productions in 2018, which comes to an estimated 90K minutes or 1,500 hours of content  —  Netflix released a ridiculous amount of original programming in 2018.  How ridiculous?  By Quartz's measure, the streaming-video giant put …
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
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
YouTubers popular with kids are promoting a shady gambling site selling “mystery boxes” filled with supposed prizes  —  Paul and Bryan “Ricegum” Le are among the popular children's entertainers promoting “mystery boxes” filled with supposed prizes the site says underage users are ineligible to win.
Cristi Hegranes / Nieman Lab:
Global Press CEO: news outlets need to provide better physical, emotional, digital, and legal security for local journalists who live in communities they cover  —  In 2019, news outlets will invest in journalist security in new and powerful ways.  Readers will be at the forefront …
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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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 …
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 …
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
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As publications cut back on culture writing or eliminate it entirely, a look at why cultural criticism helps us understand our society better