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12:50 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.
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
KTLA weekend anchor Courtney Friel appeared in none of her regularly scheduled anchoring slots the weekend after publicly accusing Trump of making a pass at her  —  Courtney Friel appeared in none of her regularly scheduled KTLA anchoring slots the weekend after publicly accusing the president of making a pass at her.
Discussion: @brianstelter
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
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.
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.
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  —  In a place known for high stakes gambling, tech veteran Meg Whitman says she's feeling even more confident these days about betting on the success of her streaming video start-up Quibi, which launches in April.
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon eliminates bundles and contracts for Fios line of TV, broadband, and phone services, will now sell them as standalone products via “Mix & Match on Fios”  —  Verizon — feeling the pain of customer cancellations over high pay-TV prices — is killing off bundles …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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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”
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
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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
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