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5:35 PM ET, January 10, 2020

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Ryan Glasspiegel / The Big Lead:
In a letter to the union, G/O CEO says G/O plans to relaunch Deadspin in Chicago as an Onion property and is suspending negotiations over editorial independence  —  The entire staff of Deadspin walked away from the site in late October, and there have been no stories published there since November 4th.
Joan Summers / Jezebel:
Source: Teen Vogue's editorial team was not aware that sales would be publishing the Facebook election safety advertorial  —  On Wednesday, Teen Vogue found itself in the crosshairs of the internet when an article entitled “How Facebook is Helping Ensure the Integrity of the 2020 Election …
Deanna Ting / Digiday:
Bloomberg News switched from WhatsApp to Telegram in December and now sends daily updates to 27K+ subscribers, following WhatsApp's ban on bulk messaging  —  On Telegram, the preferred messaging app for the privacy conscious, Bloomberg News is attempting to draw new subscribers and build …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and @jonrussell
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Sources: the Chernin Group is in advanced talks to sell a majority stake in Barstool Sports to casino operator Penn National Gaming  —  Sports betting is booming, so Penn National is looking at the sports publisher.  —  Barstool Sports, the high-profile, controversial …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Discovery CEO says the company is “looking hard at” launching its own streaming service and that the company can't grow by staying on its existing platform  —  David Zaslav says that the company has exceeded its goal of $3 billion in annual free cash flow ahead of schedule and will roll out HGTV in 12 new markets.
Discussion: @thr
The Information:
Sources: Quibi's projections from 2019 show the upcoming streaming service is expected to spend ~$1.5B in its first year; Quibi has raised $1.4B so far  —  If there's one thing to be said for Quibi, the short-form streaming service coming from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman this spring …
James Pogue / The Baffler:
How the booming book-to-film market has distorted long-form writing, prioritizing drama over insight, style, investigative reporting, or any other factor  —  The decline of nonfiction in the IP era  —  IN EARLY 2018, I was spending a warm West Hollywood Sunday evening on the balcony …
The Guardian:
Samira Ahmed wins equal pay case against the BBC: “her work on Newswatch was like Jeremy Vine's work” for which he was paid 7.5 times more than her  —  Broadcaster does not consider tribunal result a blanket ruling and could still fight other cases  —  Play Video
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
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.
 
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Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
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