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4:35 PM ET, January 2, 2021

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Siva Vaidhyanathan / New Republic:
Criticism of Facebook must move beyond content moderation issues; the effort to invent and invest in public cultural institutions should be our focus instead  —  Every day, a Twitter account run by Kevin Roose, a technology reporter for The New York Times, posts a list of the top 10 sources …
Rachel Olding / The Daily Beast:
The 5 female anchors at NY1 who sued for age and gender discrimination say they have mutually agreed to leave the local news station after settling their suit  —  Five female anchors at NY1 said Thursday they have “mutually agreed” to leave the local news station after settling their age and gender discrimination lawsuit.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Boards of RFE/RL and Radio Free Asia and their chairman Michael Pack have added binding contractual agreements that they can't be removed for the next two years  —  Michael Pack's stormy tenure over the federal agency that oversees government-funded broadcasters abroad — including Voice of America — appears to be coming to a close.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Letter signed by leaders of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's news division and editorial board says Michael Pack appointed a board of “inexperienced” partisans
Jennifer Jenkins / Center for the Study of the Public Domain:
Books, movies, and songs published in 1925 enter the public domain as their copyrights expire; works include F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby  —  On January 1, 2021, copyrighted works from 1925 will enter the US public domain,1 where they will be free for all to use and build upon.
Rusty Foster / Today in Tabs:
Today in Tabs, a popular media newsletter that closed in 2016, relaunches on Substack  —  Gather Ye Round, And Hear a Tale of Long Ago  —  One day in 2013, underemployed and wasting time on Twitter, I tweeted “Today in Tabs,” and Caitlin Kelly replied:  —  Caitlin Kelly @caitlin__kelly
Discussion: @taylorlorenz and @waxy
New York Times:
Small movies like Moonlight, which depend on theaters to find their audiences, are unlikely to have the same success as film releases move to streaming services  —  We streamed, we watched, we worried.  We also wondered what the catastrophe called 2020 will mean for movies.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
How the op-ed page became the outrage-generating machine of 2020, 50 years after the New York Times introduced the format  —  Joseph Epstein says he has a lot of hate mail but no regrets.  —  A few weeks ago, the veteran writer and former university lecturer dashed off a few hundred words …
MediaPost:
Parks Associates: 20% of US broadband households currently use ad-supported streaming services and 15% use a freemium service, like Peacock  —  Twenty percent of U.S. broadband households currently use an ad-supported OTT service, and 15% use a “freemium” service, according to Parks Associates research.
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Wall Street Journal:
Top nine streaming services to end 2020 with combined US subscribers up 50%+ YoY; US households now subscribe to 3.1 services on average, up from 2.7 in 2019
Steve Inskeep / NPR:
Biden's press secretary Jen Psaki on not letting the briefing room become a “platform for propaganda”, engaging with right-wing media, dealing with leaks, more  —  President-elect Joe Biden's choice for White House press secretary says she will restore a tradition.
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Alden says it is bidding for full control of Tribune Publishing, in which it has a ~32% stake, with an offer that values the newspaper chain at about $520.6M  —  Alden Global Capital, which is already Tribune's biggest shareholder, valued the company at about $520.6 million.
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Inside Universal's decision to debut Trolls World Tour online on the same day it opened in theaters, which may have changed the movie business forever  —  Delaying a Fast & Furious movie is no easy feat.  —  For starters, it involves finding a new release date for a film with a $250 million production budget.
Discussion: @frankpallotta
 
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Lauren Hirsch / New York Times:
Source: Amazon's acquisition of Wondery values the podcasting company, which began in 2016, at roughly $300M
Cevheri Güven / Turkish Minute:
A YouTube channel run from Germany by exiled Turkish journalists was shut down due to copyright claims from Turkey; one expert blames YouTube's Turkey office
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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Acting attorney general says WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl's accused killer could be prosecuted in the US if Pakistani courts fail to keep him in jail
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Association of American Publishers: audiobooks revenue is up 17%+ YoY, e-book sales are up 16%+; NPD BookScan says US print book sales are up ~8% in 2020
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ESPN Plus is raising the annual subscription for new subscribers by 20%, from $49.99 to $59.99, and increasing the price of UFC pay-per-view events to $69.99
 

 
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