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1:30 PM ET, February 10, 2021

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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 …
Saqib Shah / Engadget:
Google launches Google News Showcase in UK and Argentina, after debuting the service in Australia last week, and says it now has over 450 publications globally  —  Google News Showcase is starting to roll out to more countries worldwide, including the UK and Argentina, on the heels of its Australian launch last week.
The Atlantic:
The Atlantic launches Inheritance, a multiyear project to make oral histories and other artifacts of Black history and ancestry widely accessible  —  Too much knowledge has been lost, too many stories distorted, too many people forgotten.  We mourn for all we do not know.
Discussion: Digiday and @jessedamiani
Spiegel Online:
Marty Baron says WaPo should have been much more forthright about Trump's lies and “needed to call them that from the very beginning”  —  Martin Baron, the executive editor of the Washington Post, is retiring.  In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, he talks about the Trump years …
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 …
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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”
Politico:
Polish independent media suspended news coverage on Wednesday to protest a new advertising tax that it says is aimed at undermining the freedom of the press  —  Media groups warn government is trying to undermine press freedom.  —  WARSAW — Polish independent media suspended news coverage …
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
Court records show three journalists investigating a murder-for-hire site stumbled on and thwarted an alleged murder attempt in Wisconsin  —  The message allegedly sent in a shadowy corner of the Internet was chillingly blunt: The man has dark brown hair and blue eyes.  He's 5 feet 5 inches tall.
Discussion: @lizrenzetti and @marisa_iati
Politico:
Axios let its reporter Alexi McCammond continue writing about Biden after she disclosed in November that she is dating his transition spokesman TJ Ducklo  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  As Republicans get ready to beat back a DONALD TRUMP impeachment conviction for the second time …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
WSJ launches The Wall Street Journal News Literacy Initiative, to help its “increasingly digital” readership differentiate between news and opinion sections  —  There's an old joke at The Wall Street Journal that subscribers get “two newspapers for the price of one.”
Nathan J. Robinson / Current Affairs:
Editor of Current Affairs magazine Nathan Robinson says Guardian fired him as a columnist for sending a tweet about US military aid to Israel  —  It is widely recognized that critics of Israel, no matter how well-founded the criticism, are routinely punished by both public and private institutions for their speech.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
NYT appoints Rebecca Blumenstein to a newly created role as a “partner” to the publisher A. G. Sulzberger to help him run newsroom operations  —  Ms. Blumenstein will report to the publisher, helping to oversee newsroom operations and becoming a frequent public representative for The Times.
 
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
BBC has cut the number of positions on the BBC News board from 11 to eight, leaving it temporarily in breach of its own rules on minority ethnic representation
New York Times:
Facebook says it will test a reduction of political content in News Feed for some users in Canada, Brazil, and Indonesia this week, and the US in coming weeks
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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
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