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12:20 PM ET, January 16, 2019

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Rachel Yang / Variety:
Roku says it is removing two Infowars channels on its platform after criticism from users and a rebuke from some Sandy Hook families  —  Roku has taken the Infowars channel off its platform after the streaming device faced criticism for carrying the controversial program hosted by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: US homes receiving over-the-air broadcast channels without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription increased 48% to 16M over the past 8 years  —  The number of U.S. households without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription that instead receive broadcast stations using …
Daniel Reynolds / Advocate:
Memo: Grindr lays off the editorial and social teams of Into, its online LGBTQ magazine launched in August 2017, because the company wants to refocus on video  —  Into, Grindr's online LGBTQ publication, laid off its entire editorial staff and its corresponding social media team on Tuesday …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
A breakdown of Facebook's $300M contribution to journalism: $16M to orgs including the Pulitzer Center, $20M to expand subscription pilot globally, more  —  The internet giants make billions from ads.  They want news publishers to sell subscriptions instead.
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Campbell Brown / Facebook Media:
Facebook says it will invest $300M over the next three years to support local news in the US, and expand the Local News Subscriptions Accelerator globally
Li Zhou / Vox:
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
NYT SVP for global advertising says the publisher has not seen ad revenues drop after blocking all open-exchange ad buying on its European pages after GDPR  —  When the General Data Protection Regulation arrived last year, The New York Times didn't take any chances.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
NewsGuard, a ratings service for news that helps filter misinformation, signs Microsoft as its first client; Microsoft will install it on its mobile browser  —  On the internet, conspiracy theories, propaganda and plain old inaccuracies can stump even the most thoughtful readers, spreading faster than you can say “fake news.”
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
A look at the decline of Gannett over the past decade, its duty to maximize shareholder value, and possible paths forward as it considers MNG Enterprises' offer
Scott Tobias / The Ringer:
Dueling Netflix and Hulu documentaries on the failed Fyre Festival raise ethics questions, including paying the festival founder for an interview and footage  —  Netflix and Hulu are rolling out competing docs on the same scammer festival, and millennials have a ‘Deep Impact’ vs. ‘Armageddon’ to call their own.
 
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Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
A Montenegro court has sentenced investigative journalist Jovo Martinović to 18 months in jail on charges that press freedom advocates have called “bogus”
Joe Uchill / Axios:
Report: hackers on a Russian-language hacker forum have been offering to sell access to the content management systems of news sites, including 1,425 US sites
Discussion: @joeuchill
Associated Press:
Iranian state broadcaster Press TV says its American-born news anchor Marzieh Hashemi was arrested on Sunday after arriving in the US
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Financial Times says its FT Secondary Schools program, which lifts the paywall for participants and was rolled out in 2017, now serves 2.3K schools globally
Discussion: Financial Times
Constance Grady / Vox:
Errors in Jill Abramson's new book, flagged by its subjects like Vice correspondents, happened because book publishers typically do not fact-check authors' work
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US Sec of State Mike Pompeo said he told Saudi Arabia's King and Crown Prince that they must hold Khashoggi's killers accountable, described Saudis as “friends”
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
NBC News standards department initially told staff to avoid calling Rep. Steve King's comments about white supremacy “racist”, then revised standards
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Netflix raises prices for US subscribers by 13%-18%, its biggest hike ever, immediately affecting new subscribers, over next three months for existing customers