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3:50 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 …
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, @grady_booch and CHINAdaily
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?
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 …
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 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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Adweek, The Daily Dot, Axios, Input and Mashable
 
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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
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