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7:40 PM ET, February 20, 2020

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Ben Collins / NBC News:
Twitter confirms it is testing bright labels beneath lies and misinfo posted by politicians and public figures, and points-based “community badges” for users  —  A leaked demo features bright red and orange badges for tweets that have been deemed “harmfully misleading.”
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Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
ViacomCBS revenue fell 3% to 6.87M in Q4, its first post-merger quarter, with a net loss of $273M; company anticipates merger savings of $750M, up from $500M  —  UPDATED with stock drop:  —  Viacom share have plunged after quarterly numbers and a call with analysts.
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
ViacomCBS to expand CBS All Access with content totaling ~30K episodes of TV and ~1K movies from Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, Paramount, and others  —  ViacomCBS' rumored new streaming service isn't a new service so much as a massive expansion of CBS All Access.
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
In an email to staff, The California Times, which owns LA Times, announces voluntary buyout packages for employees who have worked there for at least two years  —  New York (CNN Business)The Los Angeles Times is offering its staff voluntary buyouts less than two years after biotech billionaire …
Discussion: The Wrap and @kerrymflynn
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Streamers like Roku and Hulu are subject to much less stringent political ad transparency rules than broadcasters even as campaigns and PACs buy ads on them  —  With more Americans cutting the cord, watchdogs worry that voters lack a full understanding of who's trying to influence them
Samantha Cole / VICE:
Reporter Alison Parker's father files a complaint with FTC against YouTube for making the process of removing videos of her 2015 murder “deceptively burdensome”  —  In August 2015, 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker was murdered on live television, along with her cameraman, Adam Ward.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Time Magazine expands its Time 100 Summit to two days with revenue from sponsors and access largely limited to members, who pay at least $1,750  —  Time is doubling down on its elite, invitation-only events business.  —  The mag's second annual Time 100 Summit in New York …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
West Virginia's Charleston Gazette-Mail has laid off its executive editor Greg Moore, who says the paper's owner HD Media is eliminating the position  —  Last fall, the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail celebrated doubling digital subscriptions.  Today, it eliminated the position of the editor who helped make that happen.
Matthew Kassel / Mediaite:
Q&A with Chris Lehmann, who became editor of The New Republic last year, about its redesign, leaning in to its historic role as a magazine of the left, and more  —  When Chris Lehmann became editor of The New Republic last year, he inherited a magazine that was somewhat rudderless.
Discussion: Folio
 
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Billboard:
Spotify announces a partnership with event discovery platform Resident Advisor to promote localized event listings within the Spotify app
Discussion: Variety
Reuters:
Sources: Thomson Reuters is close to naming former Nielsen president Steve Hasker as its next chief executive, succeeding Jim Smith
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Peter Winter / A Life of Fiction:
How distribution monopolies, unchecked power to hike ad rates, and owner families using newspapers as personal cash machines led to bankruptcies like McClatchy
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Polk Award winners announced, including The Wichita Eagle, The Baltimore Sun, WaPo's The Afghanistan Papers, and a special award for NYT's The 1619 Project
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The New York Times Company:
NYT announces it has added a breaking news team in London, expanding its Express Desk; the team of five editors and reporters will be led by NYT's Erin McCann
New York Times:
E. Jean Carroll, the Elle magazine advice columnist who last year accused Trump of rape, says she was fired because of Trump's repeated insults against her
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