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11:05 PM ET, February 10, 2021


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The Information:
Internal data shows only 11.3M US households regularly watch NBCU's Peacock; sources: NBCU has pitched ViacomCBS about bundling their streaming services  —  As Netflix and Disney cement their leads over an array of rivals in the video-streaming market, top executives at Comcast and its NBCUniversal arm are in a quandary.
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.
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 …
Paul W. Valentine / Washington Post:
Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine and a self-proclaimed First Amendment champion, has died at his home in Los Angeles at 78  —  Larry Flynt, one of America's most notorious pornographers and self-proclaimed champions of First Amendment freedoms, who built his sprawling business interests …
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 …
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.
Jabari Young / CNBC:
Sources: the NFL wants to finalize new TV rights soon; Fox, ViacomCBS, NBC, and ESPN currently pay ~$6B/year total, and DirecTV adds $1.5B for Sunday Ticket  —  - The NFL wants to finalize new TV rights agreements with partners before setting its 2021 salary cap.  — The new pact could reach $100 billion.
Discussion: ProFootballTalk, Thanks:@mattrosoff
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.”
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Shares of ad tech company Viant, which owns Myspace and debuted on Nasdaq, jumped 90% from its initial price after the company raised about $250M in its IPO  —  - Viant Technology saw shares pop significantly after the company launched its initial public offering Wednesday.
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Talk radio hosts Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and others promoted debunked election claims and urged listeners to “fight back” before the Capitol attack
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: DAZN is pulling back from pricey sports deals in the US to focus on sports rights only in Japan and European countries like Germany, Italy, and Spain
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
Axios let its reporter Alexi McCammond continue writing about Biden after she disclosed in November that she is dating his transition spokesman TJ Ducklo
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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
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
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
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
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