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9:35 AM ET, February 9, 2021

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Reuters:
Fox News files motion to dismiss Smartmatic suit, saying it can't be held liable for “fairly reporting and commenting on competing allegations”  —  (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Media said on Monday it filed a motion to dismiss electronic voting systems maker Smartmatic's lawsuit …
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Alexis Benveniste / CNN:
Fox News canceling Lou Dobbs is reminiscent of the way Murdoch handled phone-hacking scandals in UK: throw somebody over the side and see if that was enough  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News' official reason for canceling Lou Dobbs' show — a post-election programing adjustment — doesn't quite add up.
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Reddit raises $250M+ Series E led by Vy Capital at a $6B valuation, doubling in value since its last funding round in February 2019  —  Its WallStreetBets community played a prominent role in recent stock-trading frenzy  —  Reddit Inc. doubled its valuation to $6 billion in a new round …
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
CBS says it had an overall Super Bowl audience of 96.4M, down from 102.1M last year, and averaged 5.7M viewers per minute of the streaming broadcast, up 65% YoY  —  CBS announced today that Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs set a new streaming record.
Financial Times:
EU lawmakers are considering regulations that would force Facebook and Google to pay for news content on their platforms, echoing a similar move in Australia  —  Move by MEPs would strengthen hand of publishers against Google and Facebook  —  EU lawmakers overseeing new digital regulation …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
DOJ drops lawsuit seeking to confiscate proceeds from a tell-all book published by a former Melania Trump aide  —  The Biden administration nixes the controversial case against Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.  —  photo, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff leaves Trump Tower in New York.  Andrew Harnik, File/AP
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Chris Gilliard / OneZero:
If reporters believe that surveillance data shouldn't exist, then they should not use info from invasive data brokers to make that point, like NYT did recently  —  The New York Times fails in its attempt to report on the surveillance economy  —  This op-ed was co-authored by Albert Fox Cahn …
 
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Sources: Mark Cuban is co-founding Fireside, a podcast app where hosts can talk to fans live and monetize their conversations, with plans to launch this year
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Pluto TV launches in France with 40 original channels, making it the first free ad-supported TV streaming service to launch in the country
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Coindesk TV launches on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter with Joanne Po, formerly managing director of Fox News Digital, as executive producer
Discussion: Business Wire
Robert Feder:
Nexstar confirms Bill Shine is a consultant for NewsNation; sources: NewsNation news director quit because of interference by Shine and others in news decisions
Financial Times:
China charges Cheng Lei, an Australian journalist who worked for a Chinese state TV channel, with leaking state secrets, six months after she was first detained
Washington Post:
WaPo says readership of its tech coverage grew 40% in 2020 and it will add eight positions, based at its HQ and SF, growing its tech team to 27
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Sources: TikTok has briefed advertisers on new e-commerce tools launching in 2021, including letting popular users add links and earn commission