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Over 150 journalists, academics, and writers sign a letter criticizing what they see as narrowing boundaries of debate and increasing self-censorship  —  We welcome responses at  —  Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US is “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps amid rising tensions between US and China  —  Hong Kong/Washington (CNN Business)The United States is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.
Ina Fried / Axios:
TikTok will pull its app from Google Play and App Store in Hong Kong following the new security law, saying it doesn't and wouldn't share data with China  —  TikTok said Monday night that it would pull its social video platform out of the Google and Apple app stores in Hong Kong amid …
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After meeting between leaders of Facebook, ADL, Free Press, NAACP, and Color Of Change, boycott organizers are unconvinced meaningful change will occur at FB  —  Contact: Timothy Karr, 201-533-8838  —  WASHINGTON — On Tuesday afternoon, leaders of four of the organizations coordinating …
Joanna Partridge / The Guardian:
Reach, owner of the Daily Mirror and hundreds of UK regional papers, to cut 550 jobs, 12% of its workforce, and centralize editorial as revenue fell 27.5% in Q2  —  Publisher also owns regional papers including Manchester Evening News and Birmingham Mail  —  The owner of the Daily Mirror …
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
AMC, Regal, Cinemark BJK Entertainment, and Bow Tie Cinemas sue the state of New Jersey for keeping theaters closed amid the pandemic as other venues reopen  —  Major theater chains including AMC, Regal, Cinemark BJK Entertainment and Bow Tie Cinemas have sued the state of New Jersey …
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Nielsen announces the elimination of 3,500 jobs and says it will focus on consolidation and automation where possible  —  Nielsen Holdings, the dominant provider of data that measures media consumption across broadcast and streaming platforms among others, says it will eliminate thousands …
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
Under Chris McCarthy, Comedy Central is pushing animation, planning to make 10-20 films a year, rethinking its identity: “We're not channels. We're content.”  —  Sometime last year, Charlamagne Tha God took a meeting with Comedy Central execs and pitched them an idea for a talk show.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast plans to invest $2B in Peacock by 2021, expects it to generate $2.5B in revenue by 2024 with 30M-35M users, says users gravitate to its curated channels  —  In September 2019, Steve Burke, then NBCUniversal chief executive, called Matt Strauss, with a question: Would he take the wheel of the Peacock project?
Discussion: Observer
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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Some best-selling authors team up with Amazon and Penguin Random House in a suit against Kiss Library, which they say sold unauthorized ebooks of their work
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Information is launching a free weekly Chinese-language newsletter covering Silicon Valley and China's tech sector
Discussion: @jessicalessin and New York Post
Phil Shiver / TheBlaze:
Ben Shapiro is stepping down as EIC of The Daily Wire, replaced by John Bickley; Shapiro will now be editor emeritus at the outlet
Discussion: Mediaite
Varsha Bansal / WIRED UK:
India's shutdown of TikTok has dealt a devastating blow to the careers of many influencers as some say it has “erased the last two years of their lives”
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Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Conservative news sites like Newsmax have published opinion pieces from a network of at least 19 fake personas pushing Middle East propaganda over the past year
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
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