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11:10 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
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 …
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.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
The Guardian says it has 352K subscriptions to app and tablet editions, up 60% YoY, 548K recurring contributors, up 33% YoY; print subs are up 11% YoY to 119K  —  The Guardian has more than one million paying subscribers and regular contributors following a surge of interest and support over the past year …
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 …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Washington Post becomes the first major publisher to sign up for Trade Desk's single ID system as advertisers search for a successor to cookies  —  ID system from The Trade Desk is a closely watched successor to tracking cookies  —  The Washington Post has become the first big publisher …
Discussion: Press Gazette and Washington Post
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.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Substack launches Substack Reader, an RSS reader for tracking newsletter subscriptions and other feeds, in beta
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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
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Ben Van Der Merwe / Press Gazette:
Analysis: three billionaire families, the Murdochs, Rothermeres, and Barclays, control an estimated 68% of UK national newspaper circulation
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