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1:50 AM ET, January 22, 2020


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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Sources: analysis shows a message from Saudi Crown Prince MbS' WhatsApp account to Jeff Bezos in 2018 included file “highly” likely to have hacked Bezos' phone  —  Exclusive: investigation suggests Washington Post owner was targeted five months before murder of Jamal Khashoggi
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 …
Netflix Q4 revenue grew 31% YoY to $5.467B and net income rose to $587M, surpassing 100M paid memberships outside the US; global paid net additions totaled 8.8M  —  Fellow shareholders, We had a strong finish to 2019, with Q4 revenue growing 31% year over year, bringing full year 2019 revenue …
The Information:
Sources: Quibi's CEO Meg Whitman, in an internal meeting, compared reporters' friendly rapport with their sources to how sexual predators groom their targets  —  Quibi CEO Meg Whitman lashed out against the media at an “all-hands” staff meeting last Thursday, drawing an analogy between reporters …
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Bloomberg Media debuts Bloomberg Green, a vertical on climate change, with five ad partners, a daily newsletter, podcast, events, and an upcoming print magazine  —  Bloomberg Green goes live with a constantly updating data dashboard  —  Key insights:  —  Bloomberg Media went live …
Sources: Apple is weighing producing original podcasts tied to shows on its TV+ streaming service, including for original shows, and sought pitches last summer  —  - Apple has approached producers about coming up with ideas  — The move is latest signal of Apple's entertainment ambitions
Andrew Wallender / Bloomberg Law:
Barstool Sports reaches settlement with NLRB that calls for deletion of anti-union tweets from co-founder David Portnoy, removal of other anti-union material  —  Four months after Barstool Sports co-founder David Portnoy drew criticism for posting anti-union tweets, the company reached …
The New York Times Company:
NYT memo: the Standards department, led by Phil Corbett, will absorb much of the work of the Reader Center; Corbett also will work with the Opinion department  —  Nothing is more important than maintaining our readers' trust.  It's why we long ago established a Standards department to ensure …
Amelia Nitz / The Reporters Committee …:
Reporters Committee will launch its Local Legal Initiative in CO, OK, OR, PA, and TN to provide pro bono legal support to local journalists and news outlets  —  Lawyers will provide local news organizations in Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee with pro bono legal support
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.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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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
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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
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