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10:25 AM ET, December 17, 2020


 Top News: 
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 …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
The Nation, Genius Media Group, and The Progressive sue Google, alleging it has unlawfully stifled advertising competition; they are seeking class-action status  —  OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Online publishers including Genius Media Group and news website The Nation alleged …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jack Morse / Mashable:
Twitter says it will stop prompting users to Quote Tweet, restoring the standard RT functionality, and says QT use increased but overall sharing dropped by 20%  —  Well, it was worth a shot.  —  Twitter announced Wednesday that it will cease prompting users to quote tweet in lieu of the standard retweet.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku and WarnerMedia have reached an agreement to distribute HBO Max on the Roku platform, starting Thursday  —  Roku and WarnerMedia have reached an agreement for the distribution of the HBO Max on the Roku platform — nearly seven months after the streaming service launched.
Hollywood Reporter:
Inside Warner Bros.' plan to debut movies on HBO Max, as CEO Ann Sarnoff says partners were not told before because of fears the news would leak  —  As the long-delayed DC Comics sequel finally debuts  —  on HBO Max and in theaters  —  it serves as the litmus test for an unprecedented release strategy.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Facebook rolls back temporary post-election change that lifted news from authoritative outlets over hyperpartisan sources  —  Facebook confirmed that it has in the past few days rolled back a change that lifted news from authoritative outlets over hyperpartisan sources after November's election …
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.
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
The Information will officially launch an Opinion section in January 2021; EIC Jessica Lessin says it will feature the work of industry experts  —  ICYMI in last night's Reliable Sources newsletter, @theinformation is launching an Opinion section @Jessicalessin told me the goal is “to inform, rather than to troll.” @delaney, who has overseen launch, said it is as a way to further grow community ...
Discussion: CNN, @benyt and New York Times
Washington Post:
WaPo's revenue performance service Zeus integrates Scroll, the ad-free network of premium publishers, which Zeus customers can activate if they choose  —  Zeus Performance, The Washington Post's revenue performance platform, is taking the next step in its evolution as the premium monetization framework …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Radio Free Europe has fired host Timur Olevskiy for unauthorized participation in an online chat, fueling claims from the Kremlin of US hypocrisy on free speech
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Ben Smith's latest NYT column only hinted at Tim Cook's reasons for killing a Gawker-related TV+ show, and buried the lede on Apple's “don't offend China” rule
Manuel Vonau / Android Police:
Netflix is rolling out a Video Off button at the top of the full-screen video player and an audio only mode in settings for its Android app
Ben Van Der Merwe / Press Gazette:
Analysis: three billionaire families, the Murdochs, Rothermeres, and Barclays, control an estimated 68% of UK national newspaper circulation
 Earlier Picks: 
Kim Willsher / The Guardian:
French court convicts 14 people in relation to the January 2015 terror attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris
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
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
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
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