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8:50 PM ET, February 4, 2020


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Emily McCormick / Yahoo Finance:
Disney beats analyst expectations for Q1, reporting $20.86B in Q1 revenue, up 36% YoY, 26.5M subscribers for Disney+, and 30.4M for Hulu, up 33% YoY  —  DIS) posted better than expected results in the company's first report since the launch of its eponymous streaming service.
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.
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
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, has acquired two new digital publishers, TreeHugger and Mother Nature Network …
Pippa Crerar /
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  —  Members of every major national news outlet left a Downing Street briefing in protest in an escalation of tensions between Boris Johnson's team and the media
Christine Sun Kim / New York Times:
Fox failed to show the full American Sign Language performance of the national anthem at the Super Bowl on TV or online, making it inaccessible for 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.
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Alphabet's Jigsaw unveils Assembler, a free tool that identifies doctored photos; it is testing it with 12+ news and fact-checking orgs, like Rappler and AFP  —  The company, owned by Google's parent, introduced a free tool it calls Assembler to sort out real images from fake ones.
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.
Kate Aurthur / Variety:
USC study looking at representation in film finds that 31 of the top 100 movies of 2019 had a lead from an underrepresented racial group, up from 27 in 2018  —  Last year, the stories of women and people of color were more likely to be playing at a theater near you than they've been in over a decade.
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Jess Brammar named editor-in-chief of HuffPost UK, replacing Jimmy Leach, who held the position for less than a year  —  Jess Brammar has been appointed editor-in-chief at Huffpost UK.  —  The former BBC Newsnight acting editor takes over from Jimmy Leach who has left the company after less …
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
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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
Tribune Publishing says its CEO Timothy Knight is leaving and will be succeeded by EVP and CFO Terry Jimenez, who will also become its President