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8:40 AM ET, December 26, 2020

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James Risen / The Intercept:
Snowden and Assange deserve presidential pardons, but so do the eight government officials charged by the Trump Administration in leak cases  —  In 2007, the Bush administration's Justice Department sent me a letter saying it was conducting a criminal investigation into …
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  —  Late last week, The New York Times issued one of its biggest mea culpas in years.  The nation's leading newspaper returned a Peabody award …
Umberto Gonzalez / The Wrap:
Variety apologizes to Carey Mulligan for its “insensitive language and insinuation” after she says its review was “basically saying that I wasn't hot enough”  —  Variety has apologized for using “insensitive language” about Carey Mulligan in its review of her new film “Promising Young Woman.”
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.
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
As streaming platforms like Netflix have grown, political films they used to seek out, like The Dissident, on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, are being shunned  —  Bryan Fogel's examination of the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi had trouble finding a home among the companies …
New York Times:
Profile of veteran radio host Delilah, whose daily call-in show lets listeners open up on air and has the largest audience among radio shows hosted by women  —  With snippets of love, loss and struggle soothed by music, she has become one of American radio's most popular — and trusted — voices.
New York Times:
Bollywood is also starting to shift to streaming with 28 major films skipping theaters this year, though they represent only a fraction of the films made yearly  —  India's film industry, which relied on theatrical releases, is experimenting with going straight to streaming services such as Amazon, Netflix and Disney's Hotstar.
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
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
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 …
 
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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
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
Discussion: Gizchina.com
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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