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11:40 AM ET, January 5, 2021

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Corin Faife / The Markup:
After Facebook turned on political advertising for the Georgia election, partisan content elbowed out traditional news sites in users' news feeds  —  Ahead of crucial senate runoffs, Facebook reversed its political ad ban, and the impact was visible on users' feeds
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Internal Facebook communications about American Crossroads ads suggest dysfunction and confusion regarding Facebook's political ad policy and moderation system
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The Cut, the New York Media style and culture website, names Teen Vogue's editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner as its new EIC  —  Lindsay Peoples Wagner will leave her job as the editorial leader of the Condé Nast publication to take over New York Magazine's style and culture site.
Sam Dean / Los Angeles Times:
Interview with Brian Calle, whose company Street Media owns LA Weekly, on acquiring The Village Voice, reviving the muckraking tradition at both pubs, and more  —  When Brian Calle purchased L.A. Weekly, no one saw it coming.  —  The editor of the Orange County Register's opinion section …
Social Media Week:
Adweek acquires Social Media Week, a conference and industry news service for marketers, founded in 2009  —  Adweek, the leading source of news and insights covering marketing, media and technology, today announced it has acquired Social Media Week (SMW) and its flagship properties …
Discussion: Adweek and @socialmediaweek
New York Times:
A British judge rules against extraditing Julian Assange to the US, which has accused him of violating the Espionage Act, citing mental health concerns  —  U.S. officials want the WikiLeaks founder to face charges of violating the Espionage Act.  But a judge in London ruled that he was at extreme risk of suicide.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Sunday's episode of 60 Minutes was filled with blatant disinformation about Section 230, blaming the law for disinformation on the internet  —  I have a browser open with about a dozen different bad and wrong takes on Section 230 that one day I may write about, but on Sunday night …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
DC-based Government Executive Media Group, a news agency for politicians and bureaucrats with 100 staff, acquires City & State, which covers NY politics  —  A DC-based news agency for politicians and bureaucrats has acquired City & State, a media business covering New York state …
Brent Lang / Variety:
Study: women made up 16% of directors of 100 highest grossing films in 2020, up from 12% in 2019, and ~10% of directors of top watched-at-home films since March  —  Hollywood tapped a record number of women to call the shots on major movies in 2020, according to a new study from the Center …
 
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Loni Prinsloo / Bloomberg:
Universal Music plans expansion in Africa in 2021 to tap into streaming growth; recorded music revenues for Africa and Middle East grew ~16% to $100M+ in 2019
Discussion: @lucas_shaw
Stacey Woelfel / RJI Stories:
Under new FAA rules, news organizations do not need to file waiver requests for drones, a huge boost for night news gathering using drones
Discussion: @raju
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Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
ViacomCBS strikes a distribution deal with Hulu to add 14 cable networks to Hulu + Live TV, including Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Discovery and Vodafone sign a multi-year deal to bring Discovery's content to the UK and 11 European countries, as Discovery+ streaming service launches