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4:50 PM ET, January 17, 2020

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New York Times:
In a Q&A, Joe Biden says Section 230 should be immediately revoked for Facebook and other platforms and that Zuckerberg should be submitted to civil liability  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
Variety:
Disney drops the “Fox” brand for some units, with 20th Century Fox becoming 20th Century Studios and Fox Searchlight Pictures changed to Searchlight Pictures  —  The mouse has officially killed the fox.  —  In a move at once unsurprising and highly symbolic …
Variety:
Deborah Dugan, hired as Recording Academy CEO to address diversity issues, is placed on leave 10 days before the Grammys after a misconduct claim against her  —  Recording Academy head Deborah Dugan has been placed on administrative leave, ten days ahead of the Grammy Awards.
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Recording Academy's removal of its CEO came three weeks after she filed a memo about voting irregularities and financial mismanagement  —  The chief executive was placed on administrative leave following an “allegation of misconduct,” three weeks after sending a memo about voting irregularities and financial mismanagement.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Senate impeachment trial press restrictions force reporters into pens and prevent them from the common practice of interviewing senators in the Senate basement  —  New York (CNN Business)Reporters on Capitol Hill are facing a security crackdown that limits their ability to question US Senators during …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Facebook Watch cancels two scripted series amid a shift to unscripted shows, following in YouTube's footsteps  —  EXCLUSIVE: Facebook Watch has opted not to renew its original series Sorry For Your Loss, starring Elizaeth Olsen, for a third season and Limetown, headlined by Jessica Biel, for a second.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Study finds the world's biggest brands, including Samsung and L'Oreal, are unwittingly running ads alongside climate misinformation videos on YouTube  —  Avaaz says firms are unaware commercials being played alongside misleading videos  —  Some of the biggest companies in the world …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
In an attempt to diversify into non-politics coverage, Fox News' streaming service Fox Nation will add programming for country music, hunting, fishing, and more  —  Expansion into country music and fishing reflects an effort to go beyond politics  —  Since its early days …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
NBC says Peacock will launch on July 15 and have a free tier with limited programming and two premium tiers, at $4.99/month with ads and $9.99/month with no ads  —  Comcast is introducing three different subscription tiers  —  NBCUniversal's streaming service, Peacock …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook puts off its effort to build ads into WhatsApp as it focuses on B2C communications, but will sell ads in WhatsApp's Status at some point  —  Social-media giant scraps earlier strategy, seeks other ways to monetize messaging service used by 1.5 billion
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Sources: DOJ is investigating a years-old leak about a Russian intelligence document, focusing on whether James Comey illegally supplied details to reporters  —  An inquiry into years-old disclosures of classified information is highly unusual and leaves law enforcement officials open to accusations of politicizing their work.
 
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Sources: DOJ is organizing meetings with publishers including News Corp., Condé Nast, and NYT, seeking info about how Google operates in the digital ad market
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch urges the UK government to speed up plans for an online regulator as a bill to grant interim powers to Ofcom is introduced