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2:25 PM ET, December 24, 2020

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David Folkenflik / NPR:
In the corrective episode of Caliphate, The Daily's Michael Barbaro failed to reveal that two of The Daily's producers also worked on Caliphate  —  Toggle more options  —  Late last week, The New York Times issued one of its biggest mea culpas in years.  The nation's leading newspaper returned …
Bloomberg:
Source: digital payments company Square has held talks to acquire music streaming service Tidal, which Jay-Z acquired for $56M in early 2015  —  - Streaming music platform has struggled to keep up with Spotify  — Dorsey has met with Jay-Z multiple times during the pandemic
Washington Post:
A study using 96,000 searches found that Google News put far more national news outlets than local outlets at the top of search results, even for local queries  —  Our audit reveals that Google News sends readers — and advertising dollars — away from local news outlets.
Sean Illing / Vox:
A critique of complaints that “cancel culture” is a growing problem in the US  —  Our fights over free speech have gotten more heated precisely because speech has never been freer.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  2020 was an especially rancorous year, and among the many things …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
In unsealed court docs, Facebook managers appeared to admit to major flaws in ad targeting capabilities in 2016 and wondered if they were misleading advertisers  —  Facebook is currently waging a PR campaign purporting to show that Apple is seriously injuring American small businesses through its iOS privacy features.
Reuters Institute:
Survey of news consumption by women in 11 countries, including US and UK, finds more interest in health and education news and higher use of TV news than men  —  In March 2020, as COVID-19 spread around the world and political leaders began to realise that an immediate response to the pandemic …
Giles Turner / Bloomberg:
Filing: ByteDance says TikTok UK had sales of $20M in 2019, with a loss of $119.5M, driven by advertising and marketing expenses of $109M  —  - Chinese owner ByteDance has not disclosed global figures  — Video-sharing app has been rapidly expanding in U.K.
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Warner Bros. announces theatrical release dates for three movies in 2023, suggesting next year's hybridized release strategy is indeed a “unique one-year” model  —  Warner Bros. has announced release dates for three of its upcoming films: George Miller's “Mad Max: Fury Road” …
Discussion: Engadget
Brooks DuBose / Baltimore Sun:
Trump signs Fallen Journalists Memorial Act into law, authorizing planning and fundraising for a Washington memorial to honor those who died reporting the news  —  President Donald Trump signed into law Wednesday a bipartisan bill authorizing a national monument to honor slain journalists …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
2020 has been the beginning of major streaming exclusivity plays, forcing users to pay for four or five services as big studios prioritize their own platforms  —  End-of-year turnover is always rough, and it's going to get worse  —  Two of the biggest movies people want to talk about this week …
Molly Blackall / The Guardian:
Experts say UK Channel 4's deepfake video of the Queen, meant as a “warning” about fake news, makes it seem like deepfakes are more widespread than they are  —  Broadcaster says video, showing digitally-altered monarch reflecting on Prince Harry, intended as warning about fake news
Discussion: Engadget and @mollyblackall
 
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Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Profile of Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo and her transformation from a serious business reporter to Trump cheerleader, most recently in a friendly interview
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
SEC filing shows Oprah Winfrey got a less than 1% stake in Discovery in a deal that a source says raised Discovery's ownership in OWN from 73% to 95%
Discussion: nexttv.com and The Wrap
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”
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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
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
Ruti Levy / Haaretz:
Sources: Israeli content recommendation company Taboola is in talks to merge with ION group's SPAC that raised $259M in October
Discussion: Sifted
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
Marc Hogan / Pitchfork:
A look at the state of live music and its future after a year of turmoil, as venues struggle to stay open and artists turn to streaming