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8:00 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.
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” …
Will Oremus / Slate:
An overview of projects like NewsGuard, and how efforts to rank the credibility of news sites can be problematic, despite good intentions  —  In the era of fake news, a cottage industry of startups is competing to turn media credibility into a booming business.  Do we really want that?
Los Angeles Times:
Netflix shares few figures with studios, a negotiation tactic for licensed content, but does divulge them to its stars, who get bonuses for successful shows  —  When it comes to ratings, Netflix treats the public and many of its business partners like the characters in “Bird Box” …
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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.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Major TV networks like NBC and Viacom embrace addressable TV ads, which allow advertisers to create targeted ads by demographic based on viewer data  —  The hottest new trend in TV tech is “addressable” ads, or TV ads that can be targeted to specific households via user data.
 
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