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3:45 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.
Some BuzzFeed staffers are reporting their own layoffs on Twitter as information trickles out: cuts hit BuzzFeed Spain bureau, national news team, and more  —  It's another terrible week to work in media.  —  After the news hit yesterday that BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Gannett would slash their workforces …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
In email to staff, CEO Jonah Peretti says BuzzFeed will make a 15% overall reduction in headcount next week, will share more about its future structure soon
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
BuzzFeed News:
YouTube's “Up Next” still suggests conspiracy videos, hate group videos, and pirated videos after news searches; YouTube says it's still working to improve
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.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: WarnerMedia Investments, which had invested in Mic, Maker Studios, and Mashable under Time Warner, is no longer its own corporate entity  —  Prior to becoming WarnerMedia, Time Warner was one of the most prominent investors in digital media and technology companies.
Discussion: @rafat
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
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 …
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  —  GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights office said on Friday that a team of international experts would conduct an inquiry …
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  —  Mail titles owner, the Daily Mail and General Trust, has reported revenue growth of 2 per cent year-on-year for the first quarter of 2019.
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  —  Stephen Elliott hunts for those who contributed, read and publicized a list of men allegedly behaving inappropriately toward women.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why, sues children's book writers group for defamation after his removal from the group following sexual harassment claims  —  More than a decade ago, Jay Asher's young adult novel, “Thirteen Reasons Why,” a dark story about a bullied teenager who kills herself, became an unexpected best-seller.
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Responding to reports of a planned streaming video service, T-mobile hints it will just launch a “snackable content app” on its Metro brand next month  —  What you'd heard was wrong  —  T-Mobile is gearing up to launch a free mobile TV streaming service …
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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
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sports Illustrated partners with Liverpool Football Club and will air Liverpool content including matches across all leagues and original content weekly
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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”
Steven Hsieh / Phoenix New Times:
Two laid off at The Arizona Republic, sources say, as Gannett cost cutting hits newspapers in Indianapolis, Knoxville, TN, Asheville, NC, and more