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9:30 AM ET, February 19, 2020

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CNN:
Senior Campaign Adviser Timothy O'Brien says Michael Bloomberg will sell Bloomberg LP if he is elected President  —  Senior Bloomberg Campaign Adviser Timothy O'Brien says the candidate will release his tax returns and sell Bloomberg LP if he is elected president.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Bloomberg reporters say the EIC's decision to not investigate Michael Bloomberg left them vulnerable and wonder what a President Bloomberg may mean for the pub  —  Michael Bloomberg's rise in the polls has increased the pressure on political reporters employed by his news outlet.
Leta Hong Fincher / The Intercept:
After killing a story on high-level corruption in China and firing the reporter in 2013, Bloomberg LP threatened to sue unless the reporter's wife signed an NDA
Nicholas Quah / Hot Pod News:
Patreon has launched Patreon Capital, which provides creators with cash advances they pay back with slight interest using income earned on the platform  —  I was tempted to kick this story off with a platitude along the lines of: “Starting something is the hardest part.”
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
The AP StoryShare platform facilitates collaboration as newsrooms find and upload articles; 25 outlets have shared 200 stories since last month's launch  —  “On most days of the week, I'm competing with them.”  But when the situation's right, local news outlets are using one another to augment their own resources.
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Eileen Yu / ZDNet:
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Eileen Yu / ZDNet:
For the first time, Singapore orders Facebook to block access to a page, after the latter refused to comply with previous directives under the “fake news” law
Wall Street Journal:
China revokes press credentials of three WSJ reporters, ordering them to leave the country within five days as punishment for a recent opinion piece in the WSJ  —  China's Foreign Ministry says move was punishment for a recent opinion piece published by the Journal
Nilesh Christopher / VICE:
An Indian election candidate created multiple deepfakes of his own video with him speaking different languages to access voters, reaching ~15M WhatsApp users  —  On February 7, a day ahead of the Legislative Assembly elections in Delhi, two videos of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
WHCA announces SNL cast member Kenan Thompson will host its annual dinner on April 25, after dropping a comedian as main speaker last year amid a Trump boycott  —  Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” and Hasan Minhaj of “Patriot Act” are set to perform at the April 25 event.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
The Information and Bloomberg are testing a digital subscription bundle which offers access to both publications, streams, newsletters, more, for $499 per year  —  The Information and Bloomberg Media are the next set of publishers to test out a digital subscription bundling model.
Discussion: @jessicalessin and @whatthebit
New York Times:
US designates Xinhua, CGTN, China Radio, China Daily, and The People's Daily as government entities, subject to the same rules as diplomats stationed in the US  —  The move is the latest in the Trump administration's efforts to counter Beijing's influence and intelligence operations in the United States.
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish's Sling TV now has 2.5M subscribers after losing 94K in Q4, the first time it lost subscribers since its 2015 launch, posts revenue of $3.2B, down 2.1% YoY
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Financial Times:
WHSmith removes the Daily Telegraph from its railway station outlets after the pub raised its cover price without increasing retailers' cut proportionately
Tom Kludt / Vanity Fair:
MSNBC's sway over Democratic politics is waning as Bernie Sanders opens a path to the nomination, similar to how Fox's power over the GOP was eclipsed by Trump
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Axel Springer survey finds European publishers are seeing modest subscription gains from platforms run by Facebook, Apple, and Google
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
White House proposes cutting public broadcasting funds from $30M in 2021 to $0 in 2023; Republican chairman of NPR's board says public media is not in danger
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook allowing sponsored content for political campaigns with little oversight further muddies the waters, as #sponsored labels are often difficult to spot