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10:05 AM ET, January 10, 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.
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.
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 …
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
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
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