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11:50 PM ET, February 10, 2021

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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.
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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 …
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 …
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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New York Times:
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
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
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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
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
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
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