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4:15 PM ET, January 22, 2020


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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 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
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.
Report: BBC will announce significant cuts to its news operation as reforms are pushed through before next DG's appointment; BBC News channel will be unaffected  —  The BBC is said to be on the brink of announcing a wave of job cuts in its news division as it looks to revamp its output before the next director general takes the reins.
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 …
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
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  —  Amazon's music streaming service has eclipsed 55m users, making the ecommerce group a serious contender in the market that has been historically dominated by Spotify and Apple.
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  —  With a record $10 billion in political advertising at stake, the news industry is expanding operations to all corners …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Journalists say police in Northern Ireland are putting them at risk by failing to share enough details about immediate threats from terrorists and criminals  —  Police in Northern Ireland are failing to share enough details about immediate threats to journalists from terrorists and criminals …
Joshua Fruhlinger / Thinknum Media:
Analysis: Netflix now boasts 1,211 originals and has been adding one show a day on average over the past eight months  —  Why did Netflix beat subscriber growth expectations?  Original content.  Full stop.  —  Tweet it!  —  Share on Facebook! Share on LinkedIn!
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
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Dyaning Pangestika / The Jakarta Post:
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Robert Stevens / Decrypt:
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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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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George P. Slefo / Ad Age:
App Annie: total time spent on TikTok grew 375% YoY in the US to 85M hours in 2019; China accounted for 80% of the 65B hours spent on the platform globally
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
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Ad-supported Tubi partners with TV Azteca to expand Tubi into Mexico later this year; Tubi also will be the exclusive connected TV partner for Hisense in Mexico
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
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:
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