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4:20 PM ET, January 9, 2020


 Top News: 
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook says it won't back down from allowing lies in political ads but will give users the option to see fewer political ads in their feed and in Instagram  —  The company was under intense pressure to adjust its policies.  But in this presidential election year, no big changes are planned.
Kathleen Kingsbury / @katiekings:
[Thread] NYT will film all interviews with presidential candidates that it uses to determine its Democratic primary endorsement and will post transcripts online  —  On Jan. 19, the @nytimes editorial board will publish our choice for the Democratic nomination for president. It won't be the first time we've endorsed a candidate — we've been doing that since 1860 — but we aim to make it our most transparent endorsement process to date.
Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire:
dot.LA, a tech news site by former Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff raises a $4M seed round from Comcast Ventures, Snap, others, will launch news coverage on Jan. 27  —  Nearly a year after stepping down as CEO of Seattle-based Zillow Group, Spencer Rascoff has turned his focus to the tech …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Newsguard, which rates news websites for credibility and transparency, to become a paid service for $1.95/month and add new features like a reliability score  —  Newsguard, an online tool that rates and ranks news websites for credibility and transparency, is adopting a subscription model which means it will no longer be free to use.
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Some “political fact-checkers” like Glenn Kessler place value judgments on facts, often against progressive candidates like Sanders, promoting moderate dogma  —  At the June 28 Democratic presidential debate, Senator Bernie Sanders said, “Three people [in this country] own more wealth than the bottom half of America.”
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.
TV broadcaster Tegna partners with First Draft, to help editorial staffers in its 49 local newsrooms identify false information online  —  TV broadcaster Tegna is partnering with First Draft, a non profit that trains journalists and academics to identify false information online to work …
Kuwait says the twitter account of its state news agency KUNA had been hacked to issue an incorrect report about the withdrawal of US military forces in Kuwait  —  Kuwait's government said on Wednesday state news agency KUNA had been hacked and this had resulted in an incorrect report …
Discussion: The Verge and Associated Press
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBA announces a multi-year extension of its partnership with Twitter and Turner Sports to put more live game content and highlights on the social media platform  —  Channing Frye will be analyst for live game action on social platform  —  The National Basketball Association announced …
Discussion: Awful Announcing
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
CNN says its online shopping guide CNN Underscored's traffic increased 300% YoY and its revenue rose 400% YoY between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday in 2019  —  CNN Underscored is slightly more than 2 years old, having launched just before the 2017 holiday shopping season started.
Katherine J Igoe / Marie Claire:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say they will not participate in the rota system, or media pool of certain British publications, but will work with other outlets  —  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle resigning  —  as senior members of the Royal Family, their updated website has some very revealing changes …
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 …
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Quibi, which had already raised $1B, says it has raised another $400M from undisclosed investors ahead of its April launch
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 …
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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
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
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
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Michael Calderone / Politico:
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