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6:30 AM ET, February 10, 2021


 Top News: 
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
A deep look at the media law defense strategy that the Murdochs' Fox News plans to use against Smartmatic in court  —  The Rupert Murdoch-owned news network has filed a motion to dismiss Smartmatic's blockbuster libel action.  Now and down the road, the defendant will attempt …
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 …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it has suspended 500+ accounts in India for violating rules but has not taken any action on accounts of journalists, activists, and politicians  —  Twitter said on Wednesday it has taken actions on more than 500 accounts and reduced visibility of some hashtags in India …
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Disney is closing Blue Sky Studios, the former 20th Century Fox animation division known for the Ice Age franchise, affecting about 450 employees  —  EXCLUSIVE: Disney is shuttering Blue Sky Studios, the $5.9 billion global grossing former 20th Century Fox animation division which during …
Twitter - Investor Relations:
Twitter reports Q4 revenue of $1.29B, up 28% YoY, and average monetizable daily active usage growth of 27% to 192M, net income of $222M, up from $119M YoY  —  Q4 was a strong finish to the year with revenue of $1.29 billion, up 28% year over year, reflecting better-than-expected performance across all major products and geographies.
Dexter Thomas / VICE:
Police officers in Beverly Hills have played licensed music while being filmed by citizens, seemingly in an effort to trigger social networks' copyright filters  —  Police officers in Beverly Hills have been playing music while being filmed, seemingly in an effort to trigger Instagram's copyright filters.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A closer look at the departure of Donald G. McNeil Jr. from The NYT and the tensions his comments provoked for some students on a NYT-sponsored trip to Peru  —  The Constitution protects people from being prosecuted twice for the same offense.  But those “double jeopardy” …
Paul Berger / Wall Street Journal:
Filing: Advance-owned Condé Nast is withholding $2.4M in rent at One World Trade Center and could withhold more in a dispute with Port Authority landlords  —  The publisher wants to cut its square footage as it deals with declining revenue in the coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: @pdberger
Tom Dotan / The Information:
Filing: Netflix cut ad spending from $1.88B to $1.45B globally in 2020; one estimate says Netflix cut Facebook spending by more than half to $21.6M  —  The race to sign up subscribers in the streaming wars is a test of marketing prowess as much as it is of programming strength.
Jeff Kotuby / The Streamable:
fuboTV adds a regional sports fee for customers in Buffalo, Rochester, and the Boston area, to essentially pay for local sports channels NESN and MSG  —  Similar to customers in Houston and Pittsburgh, fuboTV customers in the Buffalo, Rochester, and New England will now be subject to a $5 Regional Sports Fee.
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Spotify confirms it is testing its live lyrics feature in the US  —  Do you miss all the time you used to spend crammed in tiny karaoke rooms, belting out showtunes until three in the morning?  So do we, but Spotify might have something that will help with your impromptu singalongs.
Discussion: TechCrunch, @viticci, MacRumors and 9to5Mac
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.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Fox News signs CEO Suzanne Scott to a multi-year agreement, extending her contract  —  Fox News Media has announced that CEO Suzanne Scott has signed to a multi-year agreement with Fox Corporation in a sign of support for the Fox News head.  —  Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
As conservative talk radio superstar Rush Limbaugh fights lung cancer, his industry faces aging and shrinking audiences, competition from new tech, and more
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Taboola's SPAC could enable the company to expand its business, via another merger attempt with Outbrain, making publishers even more reliant on its ad revenue
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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
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