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8:30 AM ET, February 1, 2019


 Top News: 
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Twitter says it removed thousands of malicious accounts that originated in Iran, Russia, and Venezuela for spreading disinformation about the 2018 midterms  —  Twitter revealed Thursday that it had removed thousands of malicious accounts thought to have originated in Iran …
Facebook says it removed 262 Pages, 356 accounts, three groups, and 162 Instagram accounts tied to Iran for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior  —  Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Facebook says it was able to uncover the Iranian network thanks to information from Twitter and that the two have been sharing notes sooner than previously  —  Facebook and Twitter have removed thousands of fake accounts originating from Iran, some dating back as far as 2010, after collaborating to combat disinformation.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Pentagon hasn't done an on-camera press briefing since May; formerly daily State Department briefings averaged six per month in last three months of 2018  —  With President Trump sending more troops to the southern border, pulling some out of Syria and causing uncertainty among allies in NATO …
Daniel Sanchez / Digital Music News:
A ranking of music streaming services by royalty payouts: Napster leads the way with $.019/stream, and YouTube trails with $.00069/stream  —  Late last month, Digital Music News updated its list of what streaming music services pay.  —  Thanks to information from third-party websites and actual artists …
Discussion: @euforcreators
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Penske Media has bought the 49% of Rolling Stone that it didn't already own, from minority owner BandLab Technologies  —  Last week, Penske Media Corporation signed a deal to purchase the rest of the magazine, following a majority takeover in 2017.  —  Over the past few years …
Anna Gutierrez / The Reporters Committee …:
A coalition of 28 media organizations has filed a court brief supporting a lawsuit that challenges fees for court records accessed via PACER  —  The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 27 media organizations support the rights of the public and the press to have affordable access to court records.
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
US district court rules that Syria is liable for the killing of Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin, awards $300M+ in damages  —  Syria ordered to pay $300m over death of Sunday Times journalist in ‘targeted’ shelling in 2012  —  The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad has been held liable …
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
What to expect as oral arguments begin Friday in Mozilla's lawsuit to stop FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules  —  The FCC will make its case against the rules  —  Oral arguments will begin tomorrow for one of the most important cases in internet law history.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Evgeny Lebedev has sold ~20% of Lebedev Holdings, which has a ~90% stake in the Evening Standard, to a company in the Caymans; a Saudi investor may be the buyer  —  London newspaper refuses to reveal identity of new financial backer  —  An anonymous offshore investor has taken a 20% stake …
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Online women's magazine The Pool, which launched in 2015, is set to enter administration Friday, leaving 24 journalists facing redundancy and freelancers unpaid
The Bulwark:
Two writers for conservative RedState, owned by Salem Media, say they are quitting because of the site's pro-Trump stance and stifling of any Trump criticism
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