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12:30 PM ET, January 22, 2020


 Top News: 
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  —  Revealed: the Saudi heir and the alleged plot to undermine Jeff Bezos  —  ‘People are fearful’: New Zealand police admit gang violence is out of control
Wall Street Journal:
UN officials call for further investigation into the alleged hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone in 2018 by Saudi's MbS, targeting Bezos “principally” as WaPo's owner  —  Phone allegedly began leaking data shortly after being sent a video file from WhatsApp account linked to Prince Mohammed
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 …
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
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Journalists faced tough restrictions on the first day of Trump's impeachment trial, and the government controlled the only TV cameras in the Senate chamber  —  With the government in control of the production, “the emotion” of Tuesday's session was missing, said Chris Wallace of Fox News.
Hamish McKenzie / Substack Blog:
Substack rolls out new publishing tools for teams including multi-admin access, support for multiple bylines, and author profile pages  —  Today, we're expanding what's possible on Substack by introducing new tools to allow groups of writers to work together on publications.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Profile of David Sirota, a former journalist and now a senior adviser for the Bernie Sanders campaign, who amplifies its consistent focus on criticizing media  —  David Sirota's job is to remind the candidate's supporters why he dislikes the news media.  —  When the first in-house newsletter …
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 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 …
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 …
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Robert Stevens / Decrypt:
Hacker Noon, which decamped from Medium ten months ago over an ad revenue dispute, says it has 4M MAU and rolls out blockchain-based annotation tools
Discussion: CoinDesk
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Amazon says Amazon Music has 55M users across six different price tiers, including a free tier, “nearly all” of which are paying subscribers
John Hopewell / Variety:
WarnerMedia's Turner Latin America, one of Latin America's biggest pay TV operators, launches Particular Crowd, a film production and acquisition company
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Sinclair launches 2020 Live, a news channel on its streaming platform STIRR, to carry unfiltered presidential campaign events with no commentators or anchors
Discussion: Mediaite
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify is testing a new Stories feature on iOS and Android, that will allow select influencers to incorporate video elements into their public playlists
Discussion: Engadget
 Earlier Picks: 
The Intercept:
The Intercept condemns Brazil's action against Glenn Greenwald and calls the move a “blatantly politically motivated charge” made as “apparent retaliation”
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
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
GARM, an ad agency and digital media platform alliance, shares plan for creating brand-safe environments with tools for categorizing harmful content and more
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