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7:35 AM ET, December 10, 2020


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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Nielsen: CNN averaged 1.73M viewers between Nov. 4 and Dec. 6, more than double a year ago, and the first time since Dec. 2001 that it beat Fox News for a month  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Since the presidential election, CNN has been on one of its best competitive rolls in almost two decades …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Despite talk of a Trump-Fox News schism, the network persists in airing anchors who don't challenge lies and hosts who won't admit reality, with broad reach  —  On his Fox News show Sunday, Chris Wallace repeatedly tried to get Alex Azar to acknowledge a basic truth: that President Trump had failed to win reelection.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Some viewers are leaving Fox News for OANN and Newsmax, both unmoored to reality, so Fox seems to be moving the same way by increasing opinion hosts' influence  —  With the clarity of retrospect, one can see how Fox News got into its current predicament.  For the duration of President Trump's …
D. M. Moore / Polygon:
AT&T has agreed to sell Japanese anime streaming service Crunchyroll to Sony's Funimation Global Group for $1.18B  —  The move consolidates the anime industry in a major way  —  On Wednesday, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. announced that AT&T and WarnerMedia agreed to sell Crunchyroll to Funimation.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Sources: in an investor presentation Thursday, Disney will share growth updates for its streaming platforms and detail content release plans for Disney+  —  Some big-budget movies will first go to theaters.  Other offerings will debut online.  All will ultimately strengthen Disney+.
Austin NewsGuild:
Journalists at the 150-year-old Austin American-Statesman and its six community newspapers announce plans to unionize  —  Contact: Austin NewsGuild,  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Journalists at the Austin American-Statesman and its six community newspapers announced Wednesday …
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Luisa Beltran / Barron's Online:
Adtech company PubMatic, which develops infrastructure for programmatic ads, raises $118M in its IPO and hits a high of $33.16 after pricing shares at $20  —  With all eyes on DoorDash's mammoth $3.37 billion offering, PubMatic made its public equity markets debut Wednesday.  Shares soared 66%.
Nathan Grayson / Kotaku:
A measure that could be included in Congress' must-pass spending bill would turn unauthorized streaming of copyrighted material from a misdemeanor into a felony  —  The United States government is, as we all know, extremely functional.  It's so functional, in fact, that it regularly struggles …
YouTube Official Blog:
YouTube says it will remove any content published from today that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the 2020 US Presidential election outcome  —  Over the past weeks and months, we've seen people coming to YouTube to learn more about where and how to vote or learning more about a candidate or an issue.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Hollywood is upset about Warner Bros.'s decision to debut movies on HBO Max, but for owner AT&T, HBO Max serves as an incentive to keep phone customers loyal  —  The town is mad about the studio's decision to put movies on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time.
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
ICE says it “will not enforce the summons” demanding BuzzFeed News identify its sources “at this time”  —  “The media outlet subsequently declined to provide details regarding the sources of the unauthorized disclosure,” ICE said in a statement.  “ICE will not enforce the summons.”
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Amazon begins rolling out a new Fire TV UI with user profiles, a simpler design, and more  —  Back when Amazon announced its latest Fire TV products — namely, the third-generation Fire TV Stick ($40) and the Fire TV Stick Lite ($30) — it also said it was going to roll out a new Fire TV interface this year.
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Four top execs at DMGT, owner of the Daily Mail, took home £24M, or $32.2M, despite a profits slump in the pandemic, almost double £13M they received last year
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Internal email: Google tells its ad partners that it will lift the post-election political ad ban on December 10
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
NBC Universal says Peacock, which launched in mid-April, now has 26M subscribers, up from 22M in October, and is seeing strong advertising demand
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Source: Some Spider Studios, one of the largest digital media publishers for parents, will have revenue of $35M this year, including $5M in profit
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Substack CEO Chris Best on why it is not a media company, content moderation, making a reader app for users to easily read their newsletters, and more