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9:40 PM ET, January 8, 2020


 Top News: 
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Teen Vogue deletes uncritical election security Q&A with Facebook; an inaccurate disclaimer that labeled it as sponsored, added after publication, was removed  —  - Teen Vogue on Wednesday published and then deleted an uncritical story about Facebook that has prompted widespread bewilderment.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Upcoming video streaming service Quibi will be built for mobile, with very short shows and content that works well in both portrait and landscape mode  —  What the heck is Quibi?  That's the question I've been asking myself over the past year, as the Jeffrey Katzenberg-founded streaming …
IAC to sell CH Media, the parent of CollegeHumor, to the unit's chief creative officer; source says 100 will be laid off, leaving 5-10 employees  —  - IAC will keep minority stake in slimmed down company  —  Barry Diller's IAC/InterActive Corp. plans to sell CH Media …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify announces new tools to target podcast ads in real time using user data for its exclusive podcasts  —  One step closer to becoming a podcast ad network  —  Spotify is going to start using its copious amounts of user data to run targeted ads inside its exclusive podcasts.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The Sun launches a dedicated website for the US, run by ~12 people in NYC, featuring new content and parts of the UK version's entertainment and royal coverage  —  The Sun, the UK's biggest newsbrand, has officially launched in the US with a website dedicated to publishing news for an American audience.
Discussion: Digiday, @borzou and @owillis
Will Oremus / OneZero:
Facebook's deepfakes policy is a good move but remains deeply flawed, covering only certain videos created by AI and creating loopholes for misleading “satire”  —  It's better than nothing — but just barely  —  Monday, Facebook announced a new policy against “deepfake” videos.
Washington Post:
Facebook bans deepfakes, but its new policy may not cover simpler forms of deception like with the distorted Pelosi video
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Profile of Fox News' Pete Hegseth, whose military views evolved to mirror Trump; some see opportunism in his shift from views he held as a veterans group leader  —  The transformation of Pete Hegseth — an Ivy League-educated, decorated Army platoon leader — is a symbol of the Republican Party in the Trump era.
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Twitter suspends accounts that impersonated NY Post reporter Mark Moore and Israeli Haaretz reporter Jack Khoury to push pro-Iranian regime propaganda  —  It's one of a number of bogus accounts that spread fake news about enemies of the Iranian regime.  —  Twitter suspended on Wednesday …
Discussion: @arawnsley
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
After no major Sunday news shows featured guests who voted against the Iraq War, it is time for mainstream media to start spotlighting experts skeptical of war  —  There she was: Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter most closely identified with the paper's flawed reporting …
Discussion: @katrinanation
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Don Seiffert / Boston Business Journal:
Metro Boston, a free daily newspaper launched in 2001, has shut down, after sister publications Metro New York and Metro Philadelphia were sold to Schneps Media
Discussion: Mediaite, Thanks:@matthewkeyslive
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
CNN settles a defamation lawsuit with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann; lawsuits remain against NBC Universal and The Washington Post