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11:45 AM ET, February 7, 2020


 Top News: 
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: ViacomCBS is building a new ad-supported streaming service that will build on CBS All Access, and an ad-free version that includes Showtime  —  - ViacomCBS is preparing to throw its hat into the streaming wars after consummating a merger on Dec. 31.
The Daily Beast:
Internal Fox News research briefing advises colleagues to be wary of “disinformation” from several on-air regulars, including John Solomon and Rudy Giuliani  —  In a dossier obtained by The Daily Beast, Fox's research unit advises colleagues to be wary of “disinformation” …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Investigation finds a network of around 100 “local news” sites, dating back to at least 2015, that have been plagiarizing stories from major news organizations  —  As they stole stories from real newspapers, these sites baffled scientists, activists, and journalists.  Until now.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram has internally prototyped an Instagram Partner Program that will let IGTV creators earn money by showing ads alongside their videos  —  Instagram may finally let IGTV video makers earn money 18 months after launching the longer-form content hub.  Instagram confirms to TechCrunch …
Esther Kezia Thorpe / What's New in Publishing:
Thrillist partners with Academic Travel Abroad to curate educational trips, using travel to diversify revenue, like The Culture Trip and Lonely Planet  —  Food, travel and entertainment digital media site Thrillist is the latest publisher to move into travel packages as a way of diversifying revenue.
Discussion: Forbes, Group Nine Media and MediaPost
Ad Age:
New York Times Magazine leads Ellies with 10 nominations, a record for the title; NY Magazine gets nine, Nat Geo eight, Bon Appetit and the New Yorker six each  —  The Times Magazine, New York Mag and Nat Geo shine in the finalist phase of the Ellies  —  A magazine published by a newspaper …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Q4: revenue of $1.01B, up 11% YoY, net income of $119M, down from $255M in Q4 2018, monetizable DAU of 152M compared to 126M a year ago  —  As Twitter continues to try to find the right balance between making its platform easier to use while also less prone to toxicity and abuse …
Public radio stations in CA partner with NPR to form a regional newsroom to increase coverage of statewide issues and reporting about and from underserved areas  —  Joanne Griffith introduced as the first managing editor of the collaboration, which aims to help to boost coverage throughout the state …
Tim Dams / Variety:
Vice News Tonight is set to relaunch on March 4 in an hour-long live format on Vice TV with shows Monday through Thursday  —  Vice is to relaunch its nightly news show, “Vice News Tonight,” in a new hour-long live format on March 4 on Vice TV.  Vice has named TV news veteran Nikki Egan …
Discussion: Adweek and Deadline
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Report: national linear TV ad revenue in 2019 was down just 1% YoY to $44.1B and up 2% counting digital video thanks to higher ad prices  —  Linear television revenue was down by just 1%, to $44.1 billion, in calendar year 2019 versus 2018, according to Standard Media Index's just-released report for the period.
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Janko Roettgers / protocol:
Profile of Tom Conrad, a former Pandora and Snap executive who is now chief product officer at Quibi, as the streaming service gears up for launch
Murtaza Hussain / The Intercept:
Brazilian judge dismisses cybercrime charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald, who was alleged to have been involved in hacking phones of public officials
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The Information:
Sources: Amazon has considered selling Twitch's live-streaming technology to other companies as a service
Justin Ray / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with the editor of American Atheist magazine on the media's disproportionate attention to faith leaders, what it can do to better serve atheists, and more
Discussion: @cjr, @cjr, @cjr, @cjr, @cjr, @hemantmehta and @jray05
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
NYT Q4: profit up 4.4% YoY to $78M on revenue of $502.7M, up 1.1% YoY, ad rev fell 10.7% YoY, digital subscriptions grew 30.8% YoY to ~4.4M of 5.25M total subs