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7:35 PM ET, December 27, 2020


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Mike Ananny / Nieman Lab:
For 2021, technology journalism could improve if reporters examine their use of sources, work to understand academic research, and question their assumptions  —  “Could technology journalists be in service of something better than more speech, improved content moderation, unbiased algorithms, and consensual surveillance capitalism?"
Discussion: @ananny, @ananny, @ananny, @sivavaid and @ananny
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
Aaj Tak Live News, CricBuzz, and News Break are the most downloaded news apps globally in 2020, with CNN and BBC among the top 15  —  The BBC News app was downloaded 2.2 million times in 2020 making it the most popular newly-installed news app in the UK during the year.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Caitlin Dewey / Slate:
How cooking sites navigate tedious SEO techniques and moderate reviews to get their recipes on Google's featured carousel or on the first page of search results  —  Meathead Goldwyn has some long-standing beef with Google.  —  For the past nine years, the pitmaster and publisher of …
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