Newsworthy – Jan 11th, 2019

NBC reducing ad times, a new tech for TV screens, Turkey’s Erdogan refusing to meet with US officials, and a record breaking government shutdown.

Here are the top newsworthy items from this past week as shared on our Facebook page.

  • NBCUniversal will reduce the number of ads during prime time, and is looking now at other times throughout the day to do the same.

From Axios

  • Amazon is quietly piloting a program to let brands like Maybelline and Folgers pay to send free samples to consumers — all based on what the retail giant already knows they’re likely to buy.

From Axios

  • A new technology called MicroLED, on display at this year’s CES tech show in Las Vegas, makes TV screens more beautiful and enables them to use less power. It even allows viewers to build their own screens using tiles. The challenge is making the technology affordable. Our

From The Wall Street Journal

  • President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey angrily refused to meet with John Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser. Mr. Bolton had called for Turkey to protect a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara calls a terrorist organization, and his failure to strike a deal with Turkey could delay a U.S. withdrawal indefinitely.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • The government shutdown sets a new record today, matching the longest stoppage yet: a 21-day closure that ended Jan. 6, 1996, under President Bill Clinton. Tomorrow sets a new record for longest shutdown. 800,000 federal workers won’t receive paychecks due today.

From Axios

  • Declaring a national emergency could allow the president to use Pentagon funds to pay for construction of a wall or other barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border. However, the money would have to be taken from projects such as military housing that Congress previously authorized.

From The Wall Street Journal

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