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10:05 AM ET, January 10, 2020

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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.
Rory O'Neill / World IP Review:
Chinese court rules that a work generated by Tencent's automated news writing program, Dreamwriter, qualifies for copyright protection  —  A Chinese court has ruled that AI-generated works are entitled to copyright protection, in a win for tech giant Tencent.
Discussion: ecns and CHINAdaily
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. https://twitter.com/...
Sarah Marsh / The Guardian:
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen: US music streams on services like Spotify, Apple Music grew 30% in 2019 to reach one trillion; streaming accounted for 82% of all US music consumption  —  Post Malone, Drake and Billie Eilish were the year's most listened-to artists  —  U.S. music streams on services like Spotify Technology AB …
InPublishing:
UK's The Independent expands US editorial team, with Katie Davies as US editor, John T. Bennett as DC bureau chief, and Richard Hall as senior US correspondent  —  The Independent today announces a number of senior editorial appointments in the US as part of a global expansion plan.
Discussion: @lalpert1
John Koblin / New York Times:
FX research estimates 532 scripted shows were made in 2019, the first time the 500-show threshold has been crossed, a 7% rise YoY, 153% jump since 2009  —  The number of original series continued to swell in 2019, with Apple and Disney adding to the glut.  When will the bubble pop?
Discussion: Bloomberg, Hollywood Reporter and CNN
Ricardo Brito / Reuters:
Brazil's Supreme Court overturns injunction against Netflix that had prevented the latter from showing a controversial Christmas special depicting Jesus as gay  —  BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday overturned an injunction against Netflix Inc that had prevented …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Reddit bans the impersonation of an individual or entity in a misleading or deceptive manner, but impersonation that's satire will still be allowed  —  But impersonation that's satire will still be allowed  —  Today, Reddit updated its policies about impersonation to no longer allow impersonation …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
ViacomCBS has reached a carriage deal with Comcast, its first since merger, for 23 CBS TV stations and CBS All Access availability via Xfinity, Flex platforms  —  ViacomCBS said it reached a new carriage agreement with Comcast that includes retransmission consent for 23 CBS-owned TV stations, including CBS-owned CW affiliates.
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.
 
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Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Researchers estimate streaming companies lost about $9.1B to password piracy and sharing in 2019 and say losses will rise to $12.5B in 2024
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
Reuters:
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
Discussion: The Verge and Associated Press
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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
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
Bloomberg:
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