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12:50 PM ET, February 3, 2021


 Top News: 
Washington Post:
Sean Hannity's on-air angst reflects the tumult inside Fox News, as it faces a dip in January ratings and renewed scrutiny from the Murdoch family  —  Since Donald Trump's election loss in November, Sean Hannity seems to have been working through a process, live and on camera …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify says it had 2.2M podcasts in Q4, up from 1.9M in Q3, 25% of total MAUs engaged with podcast content, and podcast consumption nearly doubled YoY in Q4  —  Spotify packed in a strong end to the year roiled by the pandemic, topping forecasts for Premium subscribers to reach 155 million …
J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
Gizmodo senior editor Alex Cranz says she was fired for involvement in a union letter and for false claims about performance; Gizmodo calls her claims meritless  —  Gizmodo's senior consumer tech editor, Alex Cranz, said she was fired from the company last Friday for her involvement …
Brent Lang / Variety:
Streaming services dominated nominations for the 78th Golden Globes: Netflix got a record 42 nominations across film and TV and Amazon Studios got 10  —  Streaming services dominated nominations for the 78th Golden Globe Awards, signaling a power shift in Hollywood from traditional movie studios and TV broadcasters to digital upstarts.
Hannah Ellis-Petersen / The Guardian:
Nine journalists in India who published or tweeted about stories that say police shot a protesting farmer have had criminal cases filed against them  —  At least nine senior Indian journalists are facing criminal charges for reporting allegations that Delhi police fatally shot a farmer …
Chase DiFeliciantonio / San Francisco Chronicle:
Hearst releases its first US diversity and inclusion report, says 78% of employees who were managers or above, and 73% of its US employees were white  —  Hearst, the owner of The Chronicle, released its first U.S. diversity and inclusion report on Tuesday.  —  CEO Steven Swartz …
Discussion: Nieman Lab and @niemanlab
Elaine Low / Variety:
YouTube reports $6.89B in Q4 ad revenue, up 46% YoY from $4.7B, as it more than doubled the number of advertisers on YouTube through its TrueView ad format  —  Google parent Alphabet handily topped fourth-quarter forecasts, with Google Search and YouTube driving up total revenue for the internet giant.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Joe Budden launches Joe Budden Network on Patreon, five months after leaving Spotify; Budden will become Patreon's head of creator equity  —  The podcaster will also work with the company as head of creator equity.  —  Five months after walking away from his exclusive podcast deal with Spotify …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Any US legislation to ban anonymity online will be unconstitutional, will not work, and most importantly will put many marginalized/vulnerable people at risk  —  There's an idea that pops up every so often among people who are upset about misinformation online but don't actually understand …
Microsoft says it supports Australia's proposed new laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news content and it would be “willing to live by these rules”  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it fully supported proposed new laws in Australia that would force internet giants Google …
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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Myanmar's military taking control of the country through a coup and restricting internet access threatens an already-fragile free press
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Henry Blodget says Business Insider is folding into the Insider brand, as Insider expands globally and into new verticals beyond business and tech
The COVID Tracking Project:
The COVID Tracking Project, founded by three journalists and supported by The Atlantic, says it will issue its final update on March 7 and close in May