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4:25 PM ET, December 16, 2020

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Substack launches Substack Reader, an RSS reader for tracking newsletter subscriptions and other feeds, in beta  —  Substack Reader is now available in beta  —  If you're worried about all your newsletter subscriptions getting lost in your inbox, Substack may have a solution.
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Jacob Cohen Donnelly / A Media Operator:
A publisher of newsletters on digital media discusses the product and philosophical reasons he is leaving Substack, including lack of control over email lists  —  It was almost a year ago that I wrote a piece about me getting ready to leave Substack.  I was spending the holiday season rebuilding the site on WordPress.
Axios:
Texas AG says the state and nine others have filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming Google illegally hurt competition in the ad tech market  —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Wednesday that he's leading a lawsuit against Google, accusing the search giant of taking illegal actions …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
At an end-of-year, company-wide meeting, Facebook said it is working on TLDR, an AI tool that would summarize longform articles in bullet points  —  Facebook told employees on Tuesday that it's developing a tool to summarize news articles so users won't have to read them …
Bloomberg:
Facebook attacks Apple in full-page newspaper ads, claiming upcoming iOS 14 changes that limit data gathering and targeted ads are bad for small businesses  —  - Ads criticize Apple's plan to require opt-in for ad tracking  — Facebook placed ads in the NYT, WSJ and Washington Post
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Biden is considering Bob Iger for a key ambassadorship, either to China or the UK, and Jeffrey Katzenberg is also being considered  —  The Disney executive chairman is at the top of the president-elect's wish list for a diplomatic assignment with the DreamWorks and Quibi mogul also in the mix.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News says it has extended Laura Ingraham's contract with a “multi-year deal”  —  Fox News characterized the new pact as a “multi-year deal.”  Ingraham joined Fox News Channel full-time in October of 2017 after establishing herself with a long-running radio program.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify signs a deal with NPR to distribute 26 podcasts in most of its 92 markets outside the US, with exceptions like Turkey and India  —  The streaming-audio company inked a deal with NPR to distribute 26 podcasts — including “NPR News Hour,” “Planet Money,” “Car Talk” and “Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!”
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Digital Content Next, a representative for NYT, NPR, Vox, WaPO, and others, joins the Coalition for App Fairness, which is pushing for regulation of app stores  —  A group of major U.S. news publishers have joined the Coalition for App Fairness (CAF), the advocacy group pushing …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Google says its new Chromecast with Google TV will get an Apple TV app in early 2021, giving users access to TV+ originals and iTunes purchases  —  Coming in early 2021 to the Chromecast with Google TV  —  Google's latest Chromecast with Google TV is filling in one of its biggest missing apps …
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
BBC Studios will launch an ad-free streaming channel, BBC Select, on Amazon Prime Video and the Apple TV app in early 2021 for US and Canadian users  —  BBC Studios, the commercial subsidiary of U.K. broadcaster BBC, is launching ad-free streaming channel BBC Select on Amazon Prime Video Channels and the Apple TV app in early 2021.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Hulu + Live TV drops Sinclair's 23 local CBS affiliates, after failing to reach a deal in the latest carriage dispute  —  After being unable to reach a deal, Sinclair-owned CBS affiliates are no longer available on Hulu + Live TV.  —  Sinclair owns 23 local CBS affiliates, which tend to be outside the largest markets.
 
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LaToya Drake / The Keyword:
The Google News Initiative is funding 33 projects in the second round of its North American Innovation Challenge, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Vox Media Studios is aiming for $100M in 2021 revenue with plans to double its number of shows to ~20 spanning 8 distributors including Apple TV+, HBO
Nieman Lab:
Newsrooms should abolish the crime beat and reexamine how the criminal-legal system is covered, focusing on affected communities and people
Angela Fu / Poynter:
Tiny News Collective, a LION Publishers and News Catalyst initiative, seeks to start 500 local newsrooms in three years by offering resources and training
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Condé Nast names Anna Wintour chief content officer, in charge of its brands worldwide and of Vogue's 25 global editions; she will remain EIC of Vogue US
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
EU proposes bill forcing big tech firms to offer price transparency for online advertisers and one focused on illegal content under the penalty of large fines
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sign an exclusive multiyear deal to host and produce podcasts for Spotify via their production company Archewell Audio
Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Report: arrests of journalists in the US grew to ~117 in 2020, up 1,200% YoY; the week of May 29 to June 4 had more arrests than previous three years combined