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8:25 AM ET, February 12, 2020


 Top News: 
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
UK proposes plans to put media regulator Ofcom in charge of regulating social media, with a focus on removing illegal content and minimizing “harmful” content  —  Ministers unveil plans to block harmful content, while guaranteeing free speech  —  Ofcom will be put in charge …
Ofcom appoints senior civil servant Melanie Dawes as chief executive, who will take up her new position in early March  —  The Ofcom Board has today announced the appointment of Dame Melanie Dawes as Chief Executive.  —  Dame Melanie has been Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government since 2015.
Keri Blakinger / The Marshall Project:
Faced with questions about the lasting impact of online mugshot galleries, media outlets including the Houston Chronicle are increasingly doing away with them  —  Some are red-eyed from crying, others visibly drunk.  Some sport black eyes or jarring face tattoos.  Occasionally, one offers an addled grin.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Source: Spotify is paying close to $200M upfront for the Ringer, to be followed by more than $50M later  —  - Streamer has spent more than $600 million on podcast deals  — Sports columnist Bill Simmons founded the Ringer in 2016  —  Spotify Technology SA is paying close …
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Google News Initiative and Oxford University agree to extend the grant for the Reuters Institute Digital News Report, for three years from 2021 to 2023  —  The current grant will be extended for three years.  The financial value of the agreement is £4.77m
Discussion: The Keyword
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Reuters launches a new Reuters Fact Check business unit and blog and partners with Facebook to review news headlines, deepfakes, and user generated content  —  Eye-witness photos and videos distributed by news wire Reuters already go through an exhaustive media verification process.
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Twitter launches new tool to combat misinformation on the US Census; a prompt will point users searching for Census-related keywords to the official Census site  —  Twitter on Tuesday unveiled its plan aimed at minimizing the spread of misinformation about the 2020 census.
Discussion: Adweek and Twitter, more at Techmeme »
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Sirius XM invests $75M in SoundCloud in exchange for a minority stake and two seats on the board  —  The audio entertainment giant puts money into the open audio platform.  —  Audio entertainment giant SiriusXM Holdings said Tuesday it has invested $75 million in open audio platform SoundCloud …
BreAnna Bell / Variety:
Drake signs multiyear partnership with live streaming platform Caffeine to produce a series of rap battles and other live content  —  Live streaming service Caffeine.TV has announced an exclusive multiyear partnership with Drake.  Infamous for his own rap feuds, the Canadian artist …
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Association:
UK-based PA Media Group buys stock image company Alamy for an undisclosed sum
Discussion: PR Newswire
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources close to Elisabeth Murdoch say she has no interest in the job of BBC director and is focused on launching a production company
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Patreon says creators can now set subscription prices in British pounds and euros, in addition to US dollars, and opens an office in Berlin
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
YouTube is funding TYT Academy, a Young Turks online course focused on the creation of digital-first local news; sources: investment is in the mid-six-figures
NBC News:
Sources: Condé Nast is planning on suspending its Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit this year as the conference is losing money
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Nielsen: streaming makes up 19% of US TV watching, with Netflix comprising 31% of streaming on TVs, followed by 21% on YouTube, 12% on Hulu, and 8% on Amazon