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6:50 PM ET, November 11, 2020


 Top News: 
The Daily Beast:
The New Yorker has fired staff writer Jeffrey Toobin after an investigation into an incident in which he masturbated during a Zoom call with colleagues  —  The top writer had been suspended last month after exposing himself during a video call with colleagues.
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Newsmax staffers and CEO Chris Ruddy hurl criticism at Fox News as the smaller network tries to draw Fox viewers away  —  Newsmax, which wants to draw viewers away from Fox News, has played up conservative criticisms of the network.  An anchor said Fox is “jumping right into the tank for the left.”
Christopher Zara / Fast Company:
Sensor Tower: Newsmax's App Store rank among free apps climbed from 1,061st on Election Day to eighth on November 8, the day after Fox News said Biden won  —  On Saturday, when major decision desks were calling the 2020 election for Joe Biden, Fox News joined them.
Discussion: Variety and @newsmax
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Lord Grade, a UK government adviser and former BBC Chairman, says the country is moving toward relaxing impartiality rules for news broadcasters  —  British television news channels should no longer be required to meet strict impartiality standards, according to one of the government's own broadcasting advisers.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
BuzzFeed deepens its partnership with sex toy maker Bellesa with a branded vibrator called BuzzFeed AirVibe, and will launch a Sex and Love vertical in Q1 2021  —  BuzzFeed's name and signature bright red color will be used to sell a new vibrator this fall in the publisher's latest effort …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Researchers say YouTube's policy loopholes for election videos have led to an onslaught of videos aiming to undermine the legitimacy of the election  —  Google video site says election misinformation policies are ‘generally working as intended’  —  On Monday, cable outlet One America News Network posted …
Karl Bode / VICE:
With Ajit Pai likely out as chairman when FCC reverts to Democratic control, experts say Pai's likely to leave and his controversial decisions will be reversed  —  You can expect most of his more controversial decisions, like the repeal of net neutrality, to be reversed.  —  KB  —  His trademark grin.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Hearst names Debi Chirichella as president of its magazines group, a job she has held on an interim basis since the departure of Troy Young  —  Hearst Corp. on Wednesday named Debi Chirichella as president of its magazines group, replacing Troy Young, who resigned in July over explosive allegations …
Discussion: Daily Front Row, Adweek, MediaPost, WWD and WWD
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Drudge Report, a key part of Trump's rise, has distanced itself from the president since the election, using headlines such as “The world moves on”  —  Matt Drudge and Donald Trump boosted each other four years ago.  Now his site says, in prominent type, “The World Moves On.”
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times, COURIER and The Hill
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, which oversees TV programming, will now regulate policies for streaming platforms and digital news outlets  —  India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, which oversees programs beamed on television and theatres in the country …
Kevin Hitt / The Esports Observer:
ESPN confirms it is planning to shut down its dedicated esports division  —  The Green Wall Returns: Chicago's Call of Duty Franchise to be Rebranded as OpTic  —  X-Chair Launches Gaming Chair Company Mavix, Lines Up ‘Talent Ambassadors’ to Promote New Chair Lines
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Gabriel Escobar, who has served as editor and vice president at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 2017, has been promoted as its top editor  —  Gabriel Escobar, a longtime journalist who has helped manage a rapid and sometimes tumultuous transformation at The Philadelphia Inquirer …
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Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Profile of Hasan Piker, a progressive Twitch streamer who had 225K+ concurrent viewers at the peak on election night, making him Twitch's most-watched streamer
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Facebook and Google quietly extend their planned one week bans on political ads, as Trump and GOP continue their claims of voter fraud
 Earlier Picks: 
Sources: ByteDance's Chinese ad revenue will cross $27.2B this year; Bytedance overtook Baidu in 2019 to become number two in the market, behind Alibaba Group
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook says political content makes up about 6% of what is seen on its platform and CrowdTangle measures engagement but doesn't predict reach
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Nielsen is adding addressable ads to national TV measurement and will begin sharing data from 55M smart TVs and set-top boxes in the first half of 2021
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Spotify acquires podcast hosting company Megaphone for $235M, giving all shows currently hosted on Megaphone access to Spotify's ad insertion tech