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1:30 AM ET, February 6, 2021

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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News cancels Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business network and is expected to part ways with the pro-Trump host; Dobbs is still under contract for now  —  Fox News has canceled “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” the program hosted by television's staunchest supporter of Donald Trump and of his assertions …
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New York Times:
Election tech company Smartmatic files $2.7B defamation lawsuit against the Fox Corporation, Fox News, and hosts Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, and Jeanine Pirro  —  Smartmatic accused Rupert Murdoch's network of promoting a false narrative about the 2020 election that damaged the company.
Andy Mills:
Audio producer Andy Mills, a creator and co-star of the NYT podcast Caliphate whose behavior has come under sustained scrutiny, has resigned  —  Today I'm resigning from The New York Times.  Those are not words I ever wanted to write.  —  Growing up, I never even imagined that I would get the chance …
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The Daily Beast:
NYT says Donald McNeil Jr. is leaving the company, days after staffers complained to bosses about the handling of reports he used racist language on a trip  —  Multiple students who attended a Times-sponsored trip with Don McNeil in 2019 alleged that he used racist slurs throughout the journey.
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
By turning their spotlight onto Marjorie Taylor Greene's abhorrent views, major outlets are turning the freshman lawmaker into a star and helping her fundraise  —  Marjorie Taylor Greene's backstory was no secret.  —  Before she became the congresswoman representing Georgia's 14th District …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Democrats' Sec. 230 bill is a dumpster fire of cluelessness that effectively wipes out protections for the entire internet while pretending it's a minor change  —  For the past few months we've been seeing a ton of terrible/ridiculous/awful/unconstitutio nal bills coming from mostly Republicans …
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Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
Democratic senators' SAFE TECH Act will strip Section 230 immunity for any ads or posts violating civil rights, antitrust, cyberstalking, human rights laws
Todd Spangler / Variety:
UMG pulled its music catalog from video-sharing app Triller, saying Triller won't negotiate a licensing deal; Triller says it “has no use for a licensing deal”  —  The war of words between Ryan Kavanaugh's Triller and Universal Music Group escalated Friday, after UMG pulled …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Journalists at the New York Daily News have formed a union under the NewsGuild of New York, asking for voluntary recognition from Tribune  —  The organizing effort at the century-old tabloid comes roughly 25 years after its editorial union was effectively broken.
Tim Cross / VideoWeek:
Ad tech company Magnite, formerly Rubicon Project, to acquire SpotX, a platform for connected TV and video advertising, from RTL Group for $1.17B  —  Supply-side platform Magnite announced this morning it has agreed a deal to acquire sell-side video platform SpotX from European media group RTL …
Washington Post:
Stephen Totilo, EIC of gaming news site Kotaku, announced his departure Friday; he plans a month-long break and then a return to games journalism  —  Stephen Totilo, editor in chief of gaming news site Kotaku, announced his departure Friday afternoon.  —  “Tomorrow, I will simply be a reader of Kotaku …
Discussion: Kotaku and @genepark
Reporters Without Borders:
Twitter baselessly suspended the accounts of a South African weekly and of four journalists criticizing the decision, and attributed the error to automation  —  Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is shocked by Twitter's arbitrary and baseless blocking of the accounts of a prestigious South African newsweekly …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Biden will revive weekly “radio” address, to be posted on YouTube and other platforms, sometimes with him talking to guests in the informal style of podcasts  —  A White House seeking to advance its agenda introduces a format that includes the president speaking with handpicked citizens.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Snap says its TikTok competitor Spotlight had 100M MAUs in January, two months after its launch, and receives an average of 175K video submissions per day  —  A surprisingly successful debut  —  Snap says its TikTok competitor, Spotlight, had 100 million users in January 2021, just two months after it launched.
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Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Snap beats with Q4 revenue of $911M, up 62% YoY, vs $857.4M est., DAUs were up 22% YoY to 265M; stock down 7%+ after hours on weak Q1 forecast
 
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Micah Singleton / Billboard:
Sources: SoundCloud is preparing to introduce a new payment system that would allow users to pay artists directly
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
OANN is airing a three-hour “election fraud” film by MyPillow CEO with a disclaimer that it doesn't endorse any statements made about Dominion or Smartmatic
Chris Stokel-Walker / WIRED UK:
TikTok's launch on Android TVs in France, Germany, and the UK yesterday is part of its push to diversify its audience and bring its stars into the mainstream
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty names Jamie Fly as president and CEO, who will resume leadership after being dismissed by Michael Pack in June
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Lucy Fisher / Telegraph:
Source: in the past year, the UK has expelled three Chinese spies posing as journalists who purported to work for three different Chinese media agencies
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Editor & Publisher gave permission to Internet Archive to digitize its full archives, making them easily searchable, a step that other newspapers should take
News Corp:
News Corp reported Q2 net income of $261M on revenue of $2.41B; WSJ subs were up 19% YoY to 3.22M, and NY Post reported its first profit in modern times
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Toronto Star and other Torstar-owned papers left front pages blank Thursday as they launched a campaign for new laws regulating Google and Facebook