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11:00 AM ET, January 18, 2021

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Fox stipulated that its settlement for hyping rumors about Seth Rich be kept secret until Nov. 3, showing how Fox is entwined with Trump-camp disinfo efforts  —  Why did the network insist an agreement with the family of a murdered young man remain undisclosed until after the election?
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Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Without naming Fox, James Murdoch blasts media owners who enabled “toxic politics” and says their lies have unleashed “insidious and uncontrollable” forces  —  Comments from Rupert's son are his strongest rebuke of industry practices since leaving the family business
New York Times:
A look at the incentives, like guaranteed auction win percentages, that Facebook got from Google in the ad partnership that is now a focus of an antitrust suit  —  Facebook was going to compete with Google for some advertising sales but backed away from the plan after the companies cut a preferential deal, according to court documents.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Crooked Media, which will no longer be the voice of “the resistance” after Jan. 20, plans to push more into film and TV and mulls taking on financial partners  —  Former Obama officials built a 21-show portfolio explaining — and organizing against — Trump-era chaos.
Kali Hays / WWD:
In a tweet, Michael Barbaro apologized for actions around Caliphate, saying he shouldn't have DMed and blocked critics; he didn't address Andy Mills concerns  —  Michael Barbaro is seen to have pressured some reporters and radio stations over coverage of issues with another NYT podcast, overseen by his fiancée.
Eric Boodman / STAT:
Sharon Begley, an award winning science journalist who worked at Newsweek, WSJ, and STAT over 43 years, died at 64 due to cancer complications  —  Trying to write a lede about the loss of Sharon Begley feels a little like being asked to sing a song at Aretha Franklin's grave.  Sharon would have hated that sentence.
Washington Post:
Analytics firm Zignal Labs: online misinformation about election fraud dropped 73% in the week after several social media sites suspended Trump and key allies  —  Zignal Labs charts 73 percent decline on Twitter and beyond following historic action against the president
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook says it is temporarily banning ads for gun accessories and military gear through next week's inauguration “out of an abundance of caution”  —  Following complaints from Senators and employees, Facebook on Saturday said it was temporarily halting ads for gun accessories …
Elle:
An oral history of covering Trump from 2016 onwards by 23 women journalists, some of whom unwillingly became the story themselves  —  The country's best female political reporters go on the record about what it was really like covering Trump's America.  —  Savannah Guthrie was in downward dog when it hit her: QAnon.
 
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Andrew Pulver / The Guardian:
UK reimposes 10-day COVID-19 quarantine for film and TV crews but those working for the BBC are exempt
Discussion: The Wrap and GOV.UK
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Profile of the Queens Daily Eagle, a small outlet in the borough that has gone viral for giving local-angle treatment to major Trump news like the impeachment
Jane Zhang / South China Morning Post:
A look at the rise and fall of Xiami, Alibaba's discontinued music streaming service, which only had 22.4M MAUs by Oct. vs. 450M+ for Tencent's three music apps
Discussion: @scmpnews
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: proposed deals tied to the HBO Max day-and-date release plan will be costly for WB, with talent making below $4M getting 25% bonus, $4M+ receiving 40%
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Radio Free Asia veterans say its new president Stephen Yates' links to a company owned by Taiwan threaten the broadcaster's credibility
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Berny Belvedere / Arc Digital:
Politico staffers were upset about Shapiro guest-curating Playbook not because he is a conservative but because he is the apotheosis of culture war excess
Eva Mathews / Reuters:
Tencent Music acquires China-based Lazy Audio, which provides audiobooks, podcasts, and radio shows, for $417M
Discussion: PR Newswire
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Remote controls of new TVs show how streaming services and tech giants are vying for users' attention through branded buttons and voice assistants
 

 
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TechCrunch:
Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

Cristiano Lima-Strong / Washington Post:
Sources detail how Senate Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell, who recently proposed a privacy bill, has undermined privacy negotiations for years

Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Elon Musk's xAI previews Grok-1.5 Vision, its first multimodal model, and says the AI model will be available soon to “early testers and existing Grok users”

 
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