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9:50 AM ET, December 23, 2020

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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Ruti Levy / Haaretz:
Sources: Israeli content recommendation company Taboola is in talks to merge with ION group's SPAC that raised $259M in October  —  'There's no company with revenues of $100 million that's not considering going public,' source says after massive deal falls apart three months ago
Discussion: Sifted
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Sen. Thom Tillis unveils a draft bill to revise the DMCA, requiring “service providers” to ensure that infringing material stays removed and does not reappear  —  Sen. Thom Tillis on Tuesday unveiled an overhaul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which is intended to make it easier to stamp out pirated content online.
Jessica Jerreat / Voice of America:
Two bills Congress OK'ed would limit powers of USAGM's Michael Pack; Pack announced new heads at Radio Free Asia and Middle East Broadcasting Network on Tuesday  —  Two bills approved by Congress awaiting President Donald Trump's signature would limit the powers of Michael Pack …
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Unredacted Google antitrust suit: execs referred to attempts to undermine header bidding and force publishers back onto their ad server as the “Holy Grail”  —  Accusations by Texas and nine other states give ground to publishers' frustrations that the digital-ad economy is rigged
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Wall Street Journal:
Draft lawsuit filed last week says Facebook and Google agreed to help each other in case of investigation of their pact to work together in online advertising
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NewsGuard: 17% of engagement among the top 100 news sources on social media in 2020 was with sources NewsGuard considers unreliable, compared to 8% in 2019  —  Unreliable news websites significantly increased their share of engagement among the top performing news sources on social media this year …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at current ideas for federal journalism funding, including a revival of the New Deal Federal Writers' Project to hire journalists to capture this moment  —  In 1937, Sterling A. Brown, a poet and literature professor at Howard University, published a forthright essay charting the history …
Substack Blog:
Explaining its content moderation policy, Substack says it will “resist public pressure to suppress voices that loud objectors deem unacceptable”  —  As Substack grows, there is increasing interest in the stance we take on content moderation.  It's a complicated issue …
Angelique Jackson / Variety:
Blumhouse won a bidding war and will team up with NYT for a film or series based on a story about a Mexican mother who tracked down her daughter's killers  —  Rodriguez — who went on to become a prominent human rights activist, helping to imprison 10 members of the local cartel in San Fernando …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: WaPo's Marty Baron indicated to colleagues he may step down soon but not before staff can return to the newsroom, which is June 1 at the earliest  —  Kevin Merida?  Steven Ginsberg?  Sources insist the paper hasn't officially started the search for a new leader …
The Wire:
Ofcom fines Indian TV channel Republic Bharat £20K for hate speech against Pakistani people in a program hosted by EIC Arnab Goswami and broadcast last year  —  New Delhi: British TV regulatory authority Ofcom has imposed a £20,000 fine on Republic Bharat, Republic TV's Hindi channel …
 
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Bente Birkeland / Colorado Public Radio:
A top Dominion Voting Systems staffer, who went into hiding after becoming the subject of conspiracies, is suing Newsmax, OANN, and others, alleging defamation
Bethan McKernan / The Guardian:
Turkey sentences Can Dündar, exiled ex-EIC of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet and a vocal critic of Erdoğan, to 27+ years in jail on terrorism-related charges
Financial Times:
Formula One's outgoing CEO says the company is in active talks with Amazon over streaming deals to screen its Grand Prix races
Discussion: Engadget
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
An explainer on digital advertising's header bids, third-party brand safety vendors, and “evercookies”, illustrated by a ubiquitous pajama onesie ad
Bloomberg:
Profile of YouTube's top creator of 2020, 22-year-old MrBeast, who has 48M+ subscribers, 4B views a year, ~50 employees, and spends $300K per video on average
Becky Yerak / Wall Street Journal:
Ebony Media, which declared bankruptcy recently, plans to sell its business for ~$14M to an investment group led by former NBA player Ulysses Bridgeman
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
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Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Gannett negotiates a buyout from management by PE firm Fortress for a one-time fee of $30.38M, having already paid it ~$19M in fees in first nine months of 2020
Peter Dizikes / MIT News:
MIT names Dava Newman director of its Media Lab, following the resignation of Joi Ito in 2019 over funding the organization received from Jeffrey Epstein
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
As sports betting booms in the US, gambling operators have turned to sports media companies to attract customers, including big ad deals and hiring reporters
Alex Gallagher / NME:
The COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress includes the Felony Streaming Bill, which makes illegal streaming for profit a felony, with up to 10 years jail time
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
IAC says it plans to spin off its full stake in Vimeo, making it an independent, publicly trade company in Q2 2021
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Group Nine Media has launched a SPAC and plans to go public, according to an SEC filing on Monday