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9:15 PM ET, January 25, 2019


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: BuzzFeed and Group Nine have discussed merger; companies have ties via BuzzFeed's chairman Ken Lerer and his son Ben Lerer, CEO at Group Nine  —  BuzzFeed is cutting costs and getting leaner, but it still wants to get bigger — by exploring a deal with Group Nine.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
BuzzFeed News laid off 43 on Friday, closing its Spain bureau, eliminating the national desk and national security desk, and slashing the health and LGBT desks  —  New York (CNN Business)BuzzFeed laid off dozens of employees on Friday inside its prized news division as the media organization restructures …
Rafi Schwartz / Splinter:
A source shared BuzzFeed News Slack messages in which staffers criticized the CEO for the handling of layoffs; 40+ BuzzFeed News staffers were fired on Friday  —  This has been an agonizingly brutal week for digital media, with mass layoffs at HuffPost, Gannett, and as of Friday, internet juggernaut BuzzFeed.
Washington Post:
Johns Hopkins is buying the building that houses the Newseum for $327.5M as the latter seeks a firmer financial footing  —  The $372.5 million deal will give the university a prime Pennsylvania Avenue address for graduate programs in international relations and other fields.
Study of registered US voters in 2016: 6.7% of all news consumed on Twitter was fake news, 1% of users were exposed to 80.0% of it, and 0.1% shared 79.8% of it  —  There was a proliferation of fake news during the 2016 election cycle.  Grinberg et al. analyzed Twitter data by matching Twitter accounts …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: The Players Tribune lays off eight employees; the company had about 85 US full-time staffers as of April 2018  —  The Players' Tribune, the athlete-centric sports publisher from Derek Jeter, has laid off eight employees as the company looks to shift its business strategy going forward …
Discussion: @frntofficesport and Variety
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
CNN describes the clues from events at the federal courthouse in Washington, DC, that led them to send a team to capture the early morning arrest of Roger Stone  —  (CNN)The rare, dramatic video from CNN Friday capturing the early morning FBI raid of longtime Donald Trump confidante Roger Stone's Florida home …
Joshua Carroll / Columbia Journalism Review:
After Reuters covered Thai government negligence, it ran a native ad whitewashing the state's actions, raising questions about whose ads outlets should publish  —  When Aubrey Belford started work as a special correspondent for Reuters in Southeast Asia, his new colleagues in the Bangkok bureau …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and @lionpubs
Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Apple's first beta of iOS 12.2 for developers includes images of a magazine subscription service, rumored since Apple first bought Texture  —  There have been rumors about an Apple News subscription service since mid-2018, starting with a report by Bloomberg that said Apple was planing …
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Mail Online's Q1 revenue is up 14% YoY, while ad revenue rose 11% YoY; ad revenue across Mail titles rose 4% with digital ad growth offsetting print ad decline
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Stephen Elliott seeks to subpoena Google for the names of everyone who worked on and accessed the Shitty Media Men list and all emails connected to its creation
Discussion: The Cut and The Daily Beast
Stephanie Nebehay / Reuters:
UN human rights office says a team of international experts will conduct an inquiry into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, starting in Turkey on January 28
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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Verge starts publishing science fiction, accompanied by video or audio, that imagines how technology and science can improve the world
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Tom Kludt / CNN:
HuffPost layoffs: WGAE spokesperson says at least 15 union members laid off; non-union managers also affected; head of opinion section says unit is “no more”