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12:20 PM ET, January 21, 2020


 Top News: 
Ernesto Londoño / New York Times:
Federal prosecutors in Brazil charge Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes, alleging he was part of a “criminal organization” hacking phones of public officials  —  Mr. Greenwald is accused of being part of a “criminal investigation” that hacked into the cellphones of prosecutors and public officials.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Glenn Greenwald calls Brazil's allegations an attack on journalism: “I did nothing more than do my job as a journalist—ethically and within the law”  —  The charges are “an obvious attempt to attack a free press in retaliation for the revelations we reported about …
Financial Times:
Tony Hall will be regarded for keeping a steady ship amid several crises, but will leave his successor challenges on multiple fronts, including a hostile PM  —  Tony Hall's successor as director-general will be the BBC's 17th and, perhaps, one of the most important ever appointed to run …
Tony Hall to step down as Director General of the BBC in the summer, after seven years in the role  —  Tony Hall is to step down as director general of the BBC in the summer, after seven years in the role … You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
New York Times:
Journalists at the Chicago Tribune say they are worried that Alden Global Capital will impose draconian cuts, as it has elsewhere, hurting local journalism  —  Journalists worry that a New York hedge fund with a big stake in the paper will impose draconian cuts, as it has elsewhere.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Athletic raises $50M Series D sources say at a ~$500M valuation; cofounder says it will soon hit 1M subscribers and expects it to be profitable in 2020  —  The Athletic, a subscription-based digital sports media company, has raised $50 million in a Series D funding round, executives tell Axios.
New York Times:
NYT backs Klobuchar and Warren for the Democratic nomination, saying it wanted to pick the most effective advocates for both moderate and progressive policies  —  THE DEMOCRATS' BEST CHOICES FOR PRESIDENT  —  American voters must choose between three sharply divergent visions of the future.
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
After weeks of hyping up its decision-making process, the NYT's verdict that “the best woman” should win the nomination has undermined itself and the candidates
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Netflix will carry all 21 films from Studio Ghibli, the makers of Spirited Away, in all countries outside the US, Canada, and Japan; first batch coming Feb. 1  —  Netflix has acquired the rights to 21 feature films from the beloved Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli for all regions outside the US, Canada, and Japan.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Business Insider, Vox Media, The Information, Axios, and Politico all turned profits in 2019, in several cases for the first time ever  —  Digital publishing is doing something it hasn't done en masse since the dawn of the Internet: make money.  —  Why it matters: Business Insider …
Discussion: @bkblick and @media_evan
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Interim Grammy chief says that ousted president and CEO Deborah Dugan sought millions to step down and withdraw accusations she had made against the Academy  —  As the war of words between the Recording Academy and ousted president/CEO Deborah Dugan continues to escalate …
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Source: Josh Goldstine, who was ousted as Universal Pictures' marketing chief amid a misconduct probe, won a judgment against the studio reportedly worth ~$20M  —  The studio's former marketing chief, ousted in March 2018 amid a misconduct investigation, has won an arbitration award in the ballpark of $20 million.
Discussion: The Wrap and @thrmattbelloni
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
AppsFlyer, a mobile ad attribution platform, raises $210M Series D led by General Atlantic at a $1.6B valuation  —  AppsFlyer said Tuesday it closed a $210 million Series D round, bringing the app measurement firm's total funding to more than $293 million since 2014.  It had previously raised a $56 million Series C in 2017.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku expands to Brazil by way of a partnership with AOC to launch the AOC Roku TV in two models, which will feature local streaming service Globoplay
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 Earlier Picks: 
The Intercept:
Court docs: after a search warrant, Facebook gave Puerto Rico private info from student news outlets; some fear it was a politically motivated search for crimes
Danielle K. Kilgo / The Conversation:
Study of 2017 Texas newspaper coverage: anti-Trump protests and women's marches got more coverage and more favorable framing than anti-racism protests