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11:30 AM ET, January 28, 2019

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BuzzFeed News Staff Council:
In a letter to BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti and others, the BuzzFeed News Staff Council demands that BuzzFeed pay out earned paid time off to laid-off employees  —  To Jonah Peretti, Lenke Taylor, and Ben Smith:  —  We are the BuzzFeed News Staff Council, a group of employees appointed to open …
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James Walker / Press Gazette:
BuzzFeed proposes cutting 17 of BuzzFeed UK's 37 editorial staff, with most losses to the Buzz section covering pop culture  —  Buzzfeed UK's editorial team will be cut by nearly half, its own media reporter has claimed, down from 37 to 20 journalists based in London.
Steve Cavendish / Washington Post:
How Gannett hollowed out newspapers in Tennessee over decades, leaving stories like hospital mergers and local elections now under-covered  —  Wednesday was a bloodbath for journalists.  BuzzFeed said it would lay off 15 percent of its employees, and Verizon Media announced it would cut 7 percent …
Wall Street Journal:
Bill Simmons says The Ringer, focused on its network of 28 podcasts with ~35M downloads a month is profitable; sources say it made $15M+ on podcasts in 2018  —  Four years after his acrimonious split with ESPN, the sports entrepreneur is building a different kind of network
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Condé Nast International launches Vogue Business, a twice-weekly newsletter for professionals in the fashion and luxury industries, with 21 staffers  —  Condé Nast International, home to magazine brands like Vogue, GQ and Wired, is making a more direct play for professionals …
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
NBC veteran Tom Brokaw apologizes after saying “Hispanics should work harder at assimilation” on Sunday's Meet the Press, evoking further criticism  —  Tom Brokaw, the veteran NBC newsman, has apologized for saying that Hispanic immigrants need to do a better job of assimilating …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Guardian EIC Katharine Viner says the group is on track to break even in April, talks about being Guardian's first female editor, paywalls, sexism, and more  —  Guardian News and Media editor-in-chief Katharine Viner has said a hard paywall “isn't really a conversation” …
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
NBCUniversal and Comcast Ventures to invest an undisclosed sum in fintech startup Acorns, which will partner with CNBC to produce original content  —  - NBCUniversal and the venture arm of Comcast are making an equity investment in financial technology start-up Acorns.
Timothy Geigner / Techdirt:
US court dismisses lawsuit from RIAA labels against foreign YouTube-ripping sites, citing lack of jurisdiction since no US users or businesses were targeted  —  It's been quite frustrating to watch the music industry continually turn its legal gaze to whatever it insists is the “new” threat.
 
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is winding down Project Titan, its decade-long effort to make an electric car; Apple plans to move some impacted staff to generative AI projects

Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Filing: Nintendo sues the makers of Switch emulator Yuzu in US federal court, alleging it is designed to circumvent Nintendo's encryption and facilitates piracy

Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
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