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3:35 PM ET, February 4, 2020

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Instagram generated ~$20B in advertising revenue in 2019, making up more than a quarter of Facebook's revenue  —  - Unit brought in about $20 billion in 2019, people familiar say  — Photo-sharing app has gained in importance since 2012 purchase
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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Alphabet breaks out revenue numbers for YouTube ads for the first time, says they generated $4.7B in Q4 revenue and $15.15B in fiscal 2019, up from $11.16B YoY  —  - Google broke out numbers for YouTube and Cloud for the first time Monday.  — YouTube ads generated $15.15 billion in revenue in 2019 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sundar Pichai says YouTube Music and YouTube Premium together have more than 20M paying subscribers, and YouTube TV has more than 2M subscribers in the US
David McCabe / New York Times:
Disney, MPAA, News Media Alliance are among those lobbying to limit Section 230, citing copyright concerns, threatening Google, FB, and the web as we know it  —  A motley group of powerful companies have their knives out for Section 230, which shields platforms from lawsuits over content posted by users.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Dotdash acquires two more digital publishers, TreeHugger and Mother Nature Network, to create a sustainability vertical in an all-cash deal  —  Dotdash, the IAC-owned digital publishing company that grew from About.com, has acquired two new digital publishers, TreeHugger and Mother Nature Network …
Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs escorted out of Trump campaign Iowa press event on Monday, after a Dec. campaign pledge to no longer credential Bloomberg reporters  —  President Trump's re-election campaign escorted a Bloomberg News reporter from an event in Iowa, following a pledge no longer …
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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Ahead of today's caucuses in Iowa, there is ample indication that media is repeating all the framing errors that shaped coverage in 2016
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
The numbers from the spiked Des Moines Register poll in Iowa circulated among some journalists, and some of them say the poll quietly influenced their coverage
Richard Smirke / Billboard:
Sony Music partners with Somethin' Else, the UK's largest independent audio and podcast producer, as major labels increasingly invest in the podcast sector  —  The deal is the latest in a growing line of major label and digital platform investments in the podcasting sector.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Sources: CNN anchors are being excluded from the annual presidential luncheon with TV network anchors, the first time a president has singled out one network  —  New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump's targeting of CNN is moving to yet another arena: The annual presidential lunch with television network anchors.
Christine Sun Kim / New York Times:
Fox briefly showed the ASL Super Bowl performance of the anthem on TV and cut away from the online feed dedicated to it, making it inaccessible to the Deaf  —  It was an act of both patriotism and protest.  And it brought both joy and frustration.  —  Ms. Kim is an artist and performer.
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Downing Street Lobby briefings should be televised, which would free up journalists to pursue other stories since the briefings rarely provide genuine news  —  Yesterday's rare outbreak of solidarity among Lobby journalists was as laudable as Number 10's PR strategy appears to be petulant.
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Pippa Crerar / Mirror.co.uk:
Journalists from every major UK broadcaster and paper walk out after attempts to remove those from left-of-center publications from a Downing Street briefing
John Ourand / Sports Business Daily:
ESPN the Magazine will publish its first special issue on Friday since it stopped publication in September; it will be dedicated to Kobe Bryant  —  BREAKING NEWS in front of the paywall tonight: we have a report that ESPN will drop a special 96-page magazine on Friday dedicated to Kobe Bryant …
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Cards Against Humanity has purchased ClickHole from G/O Media for an undisclosed cash sum; ClickHole employees will become the majority owners of the site  —  Cards Against Humanity, the card game company, purchased Clickhole.com from its owners at G/O Media on Monday for an undisclosed amount …
 
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Mia Galuppo / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Disney paid $75M for global rights to the Hamilton film, a stage performance by the original cast captured in 2016 and set to be released in fall 2021
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Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
YouTube shows how it's cracking down on election disinformation: removing doctored and misleading videos, as well as those questioning a candidate's eligibility