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2:10 PM ET, January 19, 2021

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Forbes will launch a newsletter service, initially hiring 20-30 journalists to start paid newsletters, splitting revenue 50/50 and giving salaries and benefits  —  Forbes is launching a newsletter platform that will allow journalists to launch their own paid newsletters and split the revenue …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
ViacomCBS says it will launch Paramount+, its expanded rebrand of CBS All Access, on March 4 in the US and Latin America  —  ViacomCBS has set March 4 as the launch date for Paramount Plus, the company's effort to join the direct-to-consumer streaming revolution alongside its larger rivals.
Malcolm Owen / AppleInsider:
Apple Podcasts launches Apple Podcasts Spotlight, wherein editors choose a specific show to feature for the entire month  —  Apple has launched a new initiative to promote worthy podcasts, with Apple Podcasts Spotlight seeing editors select one podcast to feature for the entire month.
Discussion: Stitcher Blog and 9to5Mac
New York Times:
Shareholders in advertising giant Omnicom and Home Depot have filed resolutions asking to investigate whether company ads contribute to hate speech and disinfo  —  Companies have struggled to keep their ad dollars from going to online outlets that promoted fraudulent theories about the 2020 election.
Discussion: Ad Age and @johnbattelle
Sara Fischer / Axios:
FOIA Project: in the last four years, the media filed 386 federal FOIA suits, more than during the Bush and Obama admins combined; BuzzFeed News led in filings  —  More Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests were filed during the past four years than at any time in American history …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Association of American Publishers: from January to October 2020, ebook sales were up 16.5% YoY to $956M and audiobook downloads rose 17.3% YoY to $554M  —  The pandemic has been a boon for the book industry, but specifically, it's helped to revive the ebook industry, and push the audiobook industry to new heights.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cinedigm buys and plans to relaunch Fandor, an indie film SVOD service that shuttered in 2018, after buying streaming channel company The Film Detective in Dec.  —  Cinedigm continues its rollup of niche streaming brands: The company has acquired the assets of Fandor, a subscription-streaming service …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News launches a new 7PM opinion show tonight with six hosts in rotation: Bartiromo, Kilmeade, Trey Gowdy, Katie Pavlich, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and Mark Steyn  —  Fox News has lined up six rotating hosts for its new 7 p.m. opinion program aimed at feeding the appetite of conservative viewers in the hour.
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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
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Newsrooms are distributing protective equipment, like body armor and gas masks, and holding safety trainings to prepare reporters for Inauguration Day  —  New York (CNN Business)At the end of December, Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau Chief Kimbriell Kelly was looking at getting Moleskine notebooks as gifts for her staff.
 
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
To counter Trump's lingering lies, reporters should stop using shorthand like “baseless claims”, study the science of how people absorb truths, and more
David Cohen / Adweek:
Content discovery platform Taboola rolls out Stories in beta, letting publishers add the format directly to their websites or mobile articles
Calla Wahlquist / The Guardian:
US, in a submission to an Australian parliamentary inquiry, urges the country to ditch its “extraordinary” plans to make Google and Facebook pay for news
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Paul Hammel / Omaha World-Herald:
Joe Ricketts says he will launch an online national news outlet based in Omaha, called Straight Arrow News, to provide news without a political slant
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