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9:25 AM ET, January 21, 2021

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Google signs an agreement with French media creating a framework for payment for publisher content and has reached agreements with three major newspapers  —  Google has reached an agreement with an association of French publishers over how it will be pay for reuse of snippets of their content.
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Brad Bender / The Keyword:
Google announces a global deal with Reuters for News Showcase, which pays publishers for content highlighted in panels in News, Discover, and search results  —  The events of this past year have proven that providing access to diverse, high-quality news sources is more important than ever.
Discussion: @stephenjadler
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Michael Pack, the head of USAGM who oversaw VOA and the Open Technology Fund, has resigned at the request of the Biden administration  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump appointee overseeing the Voice of America and other U.S.-funded broadcasters resigned on Wednesday at the request of the Biden administration …
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New York Times:
In her first briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki vowed to bring “truth and transparency back to the briefing room”  —  Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, conducted the first news briefing of President Biden's administration on Wednesday and vowed to bring …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media should hold power to account and resist the adversarial-seeming approach to politics it took pre-Trump, like when it focused on Obama's tan suit  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki was prepared.  She was professional.  She was noncombative.
Jacob Shamsian / Business Insider:
Pro-Trump media outlet OAN has scrubbed stories about voting machine companies from its website without explanation, after the companies hired libel lawyers  —  - Far-right media outlet One America News has removed articles about Dominion without telling anyone.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Towns and counties around the US are suing Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services, seeking to regulate them like cable TV and make them pay cable fees  —  A Georgia lawsuit is pushing to expand TV franchising rules  —  Streaming services are slowly turning into cable TV …
Chris Stokel-Walker / Ars Technica:
How one composer got paid for unauthorized use of his work, including on China's CCTV, using YouTube's copyright claims system and lawyers  —  “The torrent they got the music from was just called like 123456.mp3.”  —  You've heard Kerry Muzzey's work (Bandcamp, Spotify), even if you haven't heard of him.
Trilby Beresford / Hollywood Reporter:
Vogue will release a limited-edition cover featuring Kamala Harris in formal attire, following backlash over its February magazine cover  —  This decision follows backlash earlier this month over a February magazine cover that showed Harris in casual clothes and Converse sneakers.
Robert Booth / The Guardian:
UK broadcaster Sky pledges that one in five staff members will be from a minority ethnic background by 2025 and that 5% will be Black  —  UK broadcaster aims to reshape its workforce, partly in response to Black Lives Matter movement  —  Sky has pledged that one in five of its staff …
Discussion: Broadband TV News and @bitc
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS to launch Pluto TV in France on February 8, making it the first free ad-supported streaming service in the country  —  Offering 40 curated and original channels, it will become the first advertising-supported streamer in the country.  —  ViacomCBS will launch advertising-supported …
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Kantar: HBO Max took 19.2% of new streaming subs in Q4, followed by Prime Video at 18.2%, with 41% of new HBO Max subs citing specific content as sign up reason  —  In the last three months of 2020, HBO Max and Amazon Prime Video pulled in the highest number of new streaming subscription video-on-demand …
Zoë Bernard / The Information:
Sources: Andreessen Horowitz to launch an opinion section on its website that will publish articles related to technology and business from outside contributors  —  Silicon Valley investment firm Andreessen Horowitz, which once courted attention from the news media, is ramping up its own media efforts.
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Eric Newcomer / Newcomer:
A look at a16z's communication efforts over the years, as the firm expands its own media operations and has largely stopped cooperating with reporters
 
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Tubi, the free, ad-supported streaming service owned by Fox, says total viewing hit 2.5B hours in 2020, up 58% YoY, and half of its 33M MAUs are younger than 35
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Adthena, an AI-driven search marketing intelligence platform, has acquired Kantar's paid search business; financial terms of the deal were not disclosed
Discussion: MediaPost
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News is laying off some digital staff, including Chris Stirewalt, per source, a politics editor who oversaw the team that projected Arizona for Biden
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q4 revenue of $6.64B vs. $6.63B est., up 21.5% YoY, and global streaming paid memberships of 203.7M, up 8.5M vs. 6.5M est.; stock up 16%+
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