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10:25 AM ET, January 26, 2019

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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 …
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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.
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”  —  New York (CNN)Some employees at HuffPost learned Thursday morning that their days in the newsroom are numbered, as layoffs hit the popular news website.
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
Jill Abramson / New York Magazine:
An excerpt from Jill Abramson's book “Merchants of Truth” on her time as the New York Times' executive editor as digital disruption took off  —  Adapted from the forthcoming book Merchants of Truth, by Jill Abramson.  Copyright © 2019 by Jill Abramson.  Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Staff from Toronto's Citizen Lab, behind exposés of government hacking tool vendors like NSO, describe meetings likely arranged to get compromising quotes  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The researchers who reported that Israeli software was used to spy on Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's inner circle …
Science:
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 …
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Billy Perrigo / Time:
Researchers say India's political parties are using armies of volunteers to spread misinformation and hate speech via WhatsApp group chats ahead of elections  —  SUBSCRIBE Home U.S. Politics World Business Tech Health Entertainment Science Newsfeed Living Sports History The TIME Vault Magazine Ideas …
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Condé Nast's Bon Appétit, an ad-supported streaming channel on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku, to launch on February 21  —  Coming to Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku  —  Bon Appétit knows it has viewers who fall down the rabbit hole watching Brad …
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.
 
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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
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
YouTube says it will no longer suggest videos with “borderline content” or those that “misinform users in a harmful way” even if they don't violate guidelines