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12:45 PM ET, January 14, 2020

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Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google says it will phase out support for third-party cookies in Chrome within two years  —  Google's Chrome team, advancing its web privacy effort, later this year will begin testing the “privacy sandbox” proposals it unveiled in 2019.  The Chrome tests, which Google announced Tuesday …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Annette Thomas named CEO of Guardian Media Group, parent company of the Guardian and the Observer; she will start in March  —  Annette Thomas will take up role at Guardian and Observer parent company in March  —  The former head of one of the world's largest specialist publishers …
The New York Times Company:
NYT passes $800M in annual digital revenue, a category of revenue it's doubled since 2015, adds 1M+ net digital subscriptions, has 5M+ overall subscriptions  —  - It passed its goal of $800 million of annual digital revenue a year ahead of schedule.  In 2015, when digital revenue was around $400 million …
Joshua Benton / @jbenton:
[Thread] A rebuttal of Lawrence Lessig's newly filed lawsuit against the NYT, in which he alleges that a headline and opening paragraph in a story defames him  —  This is just so disappointing: @lessig is suing The New York Times for the new legal category of “clickbait defamation.” 1/x https://twitter.com/...
Bethany Minelle / Sky News:
2020 Oscars nominees are the least diverse since the 2015 #OscarsSoWhite backlash, with no female best director nominees and only one black nominee for acting  —  It's the least diverse line-up since the #OscarsSoWhite backlash in 2015, after which the academy diversified their membership.
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Anna Orso / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Lisa Hughes named publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the first woman to head the newspaper; Hughes was formerly VP publisher of the New Yorker  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer announced Tuesday its chief executive officer, publisher Terrance C.Z. “Terry” Egger, will retire and be replaced next month …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Workers in G/O Media's union urge the company's private-equity owners to replace CEO Jim Spanfeller, claiming his leadership led to less traffic, more turnover  —  The employees, who work for websites including Gizmodo, Lifehacker and Jezebel, say that the management has led to decreased readership and increased turnover
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Declassified docs: UK government secretly funded Reuters in 60s and 70s as part of its anti-Soviet propaganda efforts, via increased BBC subscription payments  —  LONDON (Reuters) - The British government secretly funded Reuters in the 1960s and 1970s at the behest of an anti-Soviet propaganda unit linked …
Discussion: @jeremyduns, @margarita, @emilybell and BBC
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Spotify signs global licensing agreement with Warner Music's publishing firm, making its music available in India, ending a year-long dispute  —  Spotify is ending its year-long dispute with Warner Music.  The world's largest music streaming service said on Tuesday that it has inked …
Jiri Skacel / Reuters:
Former soldier admitted killing Slovakian investigative journalist Jan Kuciak two years ago in court on Monday  —  PEZINOK, Slovakia (Reuters) - A former soldier admitted in court on Monday killing a Slovakian journalist whose murder two years ago led to anti-corruption protests that brought …
Discussion: Press Gazette
David Cohen / Adweek:
Pandora debuts Test & Tune, a suite of audience measurement tools in open beta that provide insights into campaigns' effectiveness while they are underway  —  The audio-streaming platform has rolled out the feature in open beta  —  Audio-streaming platform Pandora has a new way for advertisers to track campaigns.
Discussion: MediaPost
 
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Tribune says it's offering voluntary buyouts to staff with eight or more years of service, to avoid “company-wide reductions of the workforce as a last resort”
Discussion: CNN
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Profile of Brianne Pfannenstiel, The Des Moines Register's chief political correspondent, whose role is pivotal in part due to the importance of the Iowa caucus
Matt Stieb / New York Magazine:
President Trump tweeted on Sunday that Iran should “let reporters roam free”, in a rare show of support for the press
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