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12:35 PM ET, January 7, 2020

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Washington Post:
Facebook bans deepfakes, but its new policy may not cover simpler forms of deception like with the distorted Pelosi video  —  Facebook has banned users from posting computer-generated, highly manipulated videos, known as deepfakes, seeking to stop the spread of a novel form of misinformation months …
BuzzFeed News:
A look at the worldwide industry of PR and marketing firms, which offer disinformation services including fake accounts, false narratives, and pseudo news sites  —  Peng Kuan Chin pulled out his phone, eager to show the future of online manipulation.  —  Unseen servers began crawling the web for Chinese articles and posts.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
News media's coverage of the Trump administration's conflict with Iran will be a test of lessons learned from the reporting preceding the 2003 Iraq war  —  Still living down the 2003 Iraq war disgrace, under pressure from multiple sides, and dealing with a truth-challenged administration …
USA Today:
Gannett CFO Alison Engel is stepping down at the end of Q1  —  Philana Patterson Nathan BomeyUSA TODAY  —  Gannett Co. said Monday that Alison “Ali” Engel is stepping down as chief financial officer of the media and marketing solutions company at the end of the first quarter to pursue other opportunities.
Discussion: Business Wire
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
USA Today debuts Hecho en USA, a project covering Spanish-speaking Americans, with bilingual content online, after NYT en Espanol and Tribune's Hoy shutdowns  —  USA Today is looking to make deeper connections with Spanish speakers by launching a new series in English and Spanish.
John Geddie / Reuters:
Singapore's communications minister says it's a coincidence that the first cases brought under its new fake news law are against political figures and parties  —  SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's communications minister said on Monday it was a coincidence that the first few cases brought under …
The Guardian:
Key figures from US media, including Dean Baquet, Ben Smith, Jorge Ramos, and Margaret Sullivan, describe their fears and ideas for covering the 2020 election  —  Key figures from major US newspapers, news sites and TV describe their fears about covering this year's election - and ideas on how to get it right
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Portland Press Herald cutting Monday edition before weekends is unusual, but it makes sense as it has fewer ads, lower circulation, and Sunday labor is pricey  —  Those of us who have followed the transition of newspapers from print to free digital and, now, to paid digital have long predicted …
Discussion: MediaPost
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
AT&T TV and AT&T TV Now disappear from Roku's app store as AT&T and Roku negotiate a new contract, the first major service to be pulled from the app store  —  One company has proved that when it comes to streaming TV hardware, Roku is just as vulnerable as the rest.
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
The Sigma Awards for outstanding data journalism will replace the Data Journalism Awards that were earlier maintained by the now-defunct Global Editors Network  —  The Sigma Awards is a new international competition marking the most outstanding examples of data journalism.
 
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The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio's Columbus Dispatch to close its production facility, affecting 188 jobs in Columbus, and move production across state lines to Indianapolis
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Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
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VentureBeat:
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Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
News Corp to sell Unruly, the video advertising platform it acquired for around £115M in 2015, to the ad tech company Tremor International