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1:30 AM ET, January 23, 2019

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Viacom to acquire Pluto TV, a free, ad-supported streaming service, for $340M in cash; Pluto TV to operate as an independent subsidiary when the deal closes  —  Viacom announced Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Pluto TV — one of the fastest-growing free, ad-supported TV streaming services in the U.S. — for $340 million in cash.
Natalia Drozdiak / Bloomberg:
Google may pull its News service from Europe, in response to proposed EU copyright law, which would require it to pay publishers when articles appear in search  —  - New EU copyright law to require web firms to pay publishers  — Internet giant to review details of rules before deciding
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Two-time Pulitzer winner Russell Baker, whose Observer column appeared in The New York Times and other papers for 36 years, has died at 93  —  Russell Baker, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose whimsical, irreverent “Observer” column appeared in The New York Times and hundreds …
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas decline to play Roma in their best picture showcases; Cinemark is said to have made the same choice  —  EXCLUSIVE: AMC Theatres is sticking to its guns, and will only play those Oscar best picture nominees who had a traditional theatrical release and respected the 90-day cinema window.
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Variety:
Netflix receives its first Oscar best-picture nomination for Alfonso Cuaron's “Roma”
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The Guardian newspaper receives its first ever Oscar nomination, for a 25-minute documentary about a young man navigating race and family identity
Discussion: The Guardian and The Wrap
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
The Motion Picture Association of America has added Netflix as a member, the first internet-based service to be added  —  UPDATED with Netflix officially joining: It's official, Netflix is a member of the MPAA.  The Washington, DC-based organization just dropped the following release:
John Wagner / Washington Post:
On Twitter, Trump says he told Sarah Sanders “not to bother” with press briefings, citing his belief that the press covers her “rudely and inaccurately”  —  President Trump said Tuesday that he directed White House press secretary Sarah Sanders “not to bother” …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix rolls out Instagram integration that allows iOS users to share cover art from TV shows and movies on Netflix in Stories  —  Netflix is tapping into Instagram Stories for some word-of-mouth promotion: The streaming video service rolled out a new Instagram integration Tuesday …
Discussion: MacRumors and 9to5Mac
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
David Glasser, former COO of The Weinstein Company, is launching 101 Studios, with backing from Ron Burkle, who had tried to buy The Weinstein Company earlier  —  David Glasser, the former chief operating officer of the Weinstein Co., is launching a $300 million film and TV company …
Discussion: The Wrap, Deadline and @brooksbarnesnyt
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter suspends account that helped spread video of confrontation between a Native American and teens wearing MAGA hats, after CNN expresses doubt about owner  —  New York (CNN Business)Twitter suspended an account on Monday afternoon that helped spread a controversial encounter between …
Tanya Dua / Business Insider:
NowThis debuts NowThis Originals, a division with 25 staff that will develop and produce original shows for distribution on social, streaming, linear platforms  —  - NowThis is launching an original-video-programming division.  — NowThis Originals will develop and produce original shows …
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
ESPN has named Brian Lockhart as executive producer of original content for ESPN+; Disney says 568K new subscribers joined the service last Friday and Saturday
Discussion: The Wrap
Jonathan Peters / Columbia Journalism Review:
In Colorado, over two dozen law enforcement agencies statewide have encrypted their radio communications, making it hard for crime reporters to cover their beat
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News host Bret Baier and his family are recovering after a “major car crash” where their car flipped over on icy roads in Montana
Associated Press:
Associated Press pays tribute to freelance photojournalist Mohamed Ben Khalifa who was killed in Libya on Saturday, survived by wife and 7-month old daughter
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Eric Bellman / Wall Street Journal:
The rise of mobile video in India is requiring YouTube and others to innovate to better serve Indian users, who average 40+ hours/month of video from data plans
Reuters:
WhatsApp is now globally limiting the forwarding of messages to five recipients, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumors”