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11:25 AM ET, January 8, 2020


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / Politico:
While some newsrooms vow heightened vigilance and more thorough reporting than in 2003, the US government's power to control information has grown stronger  —  CNN's Jake Tapper says he thinks often of the Bush administration's much-discredited admonition, “We can't wait for the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”
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
Emily Dreyfuss / @emilydreyfuss:
[Thread] Facebook's Andrew Bosworth admitted in a memo that the tech industry keeps journalists in the dark, which doesn't help companies, journalism, or anyone  —  Reading @boztank's original post, I'm struck by his admission that the tech industry carefully keeps journalists in the dark. We know this to be true, and it's refreshing to hear someone say it.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Jon Karl, White House Correspondents' Association president, criticizes White House for not disclosing an Oval Office meeting with Saudi defense vice minister  —  New York (CNN Business)The White House faced sharp criticism from journalists on Tuesday after they learned that an Oval Office …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Viking Books has acquired It's Not TV, an in-depth history of HBO to be written by Bloomberg News editor Felix Gillette and NYT television writer John Koblin  —  Viking Books has acquired 'It's Not TV,' to be written by Bloomberg News features writer and editor Felix Gillette …
Discussion: @felixgillette and @koblin
Washington Post:
TikTok outlines more concrete global content moderation rules following criticism, including banning election misinformation and videos glorifying terrorism  —  TikTok on Wednesday released a set of new, more detailed rules about the videos it permits and prohibits, seeking to respond …
Priya Anand / The Information:
Sources: Twitch had ~$230M in ad revenue in 2018 and as of middle of last year was on track to earn ~$300M for 2019, short of an internal goal of $500M-$600M  —  After Amazon paid nearly $1 billion to acquire the streaming video service Twitch more than five years ago, it looked like the company …
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Ira Rubenstein, PBS chief digital officer, said the broadcaster is developing a linear stream for PBS programs, to be available free for PBS Passport members  —  A free linear stream offering Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) programs is in development and could be rolled out to users soon …
Discussion: Cord Cutters News, Thanks:@matthewkeyslive
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
In a November deposition as part of a sexual harassment suit by 3 women, Charlie Rose admitted to “inappropriate” relationships with women who worked for him  —  Defending a sexual harassment lawsuit, Rose testifies about his studio nickname and flirting with “CBS Morning” co-anchors.
Mitch Reames / The Verge:
Inside Loaded, a gaming talent agency behind names like Ninja and Shroud, and how it's introducing competition between Twitch, Mixer, YouTube, others for gamers  —  Loaded is the name of a gaming talent agency, but it's also an apt adjective for the streamers under its management.
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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
Washington Post:
Facebook bans deepfakes, but its new policy may not cover simpler forms of deception like with the distorted Pelosi video