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4:30 AM ET, January 4, 2022


 Top News: 
The New York Times Company:
WaPo's David Fahrenthold, who won the 2017 Pulitzer for an investigation into Trump's charitable giving, will join NYT's DC bureau as an investigative reporter  —  David is joining The Times's Washington bureau as an investigative reporter.  Read more in this note from Elisabeth Bumiller.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
While The Atlantic and others have covered the United States' teetering democracy, major publications have yet to make the topic a central focus  —  Journalists stepped it up in 2021, but now we need a concerted effort  —  In the year since the Jan. 6 insurrection, mainstream journalists have done a lot of things right.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
After leaving Meta, CrowdTangle co-founder Brandon Silverman has helped a bipartisan group of US senators craft a bill to boost social networks' transparency  —  The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.
Gideon Lichfield / Wired:
Wired merges its US and UK websites, but will still publish two separate print editions, as it vows to reject “the optimist and pessimist views of tech”  —  The future begins here—again.  —  In the next few decades, virtually every financial, social, and governmental institution …
Helen Davidson / The Guardian:
Independent Hong Kong news outlet Citizen News will close on Tuesday, citing “the rapid changes in society and worsening environment for media”  —  Independent online news portal to cease operations amid ‘worsening environment for media’ in city
Heidi Chung / Variety:
2022 media trend predictions: subscription video streaming and global digital ad revenue will likely remain growth stories, and the M&A fever will rage on  —  Though the economy wasn't completely shut down in 2021, life and business were hardly normal.  Despite those less-than-normal conditions …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
David Bowie's estate sells the singer's publishing catalog to Warner Chappell Music, sources say for over $250M  —  The catalog spans six decades and includes such songs as “Heroes,” “Changes,” “Space Oddity,” “Fame,” “Let's Dance,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Golden Years,” “Ziggy Stardust,” …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter completes its $1.05B sale of MoPub to AppLovin, which expects its unified platform with MoPub to process $15B+ of annualized advertiser spend by 2023  —  Twitter announced today it has completed the sale of its mobile ad platform, MoPub, to the mobile game maker and marketing software …
Tyler O'Neil / Fox Business:
Facebook reinstates the ad account of conservative children's book publisher Heroes of Liberty, saying the account was permanently disabled in error  —  Heroes of Liberty publishes books about Amy Coney Barrett, Ronald Reagan and Thomas Sowell  —  Facebook has “permanently disabled” …
Stephen Lepitak / Adweek:
MediaRadar: between November 2020 and November 2021, US gambling ad spend reached $488M, including ~$336M on TV, up 63% YoY, and ~$140M on digital, up 52% YoY  —  The level of advertising spend over the last year in the country is estimated to have reached $336 million
Jennifer Jenkins / Duke University School of Law:
Books, movies, and songs published in 1926 and an estimated 400,000 sound recordings published before 1923 enter the US public domain as copyrights expire  —  On January 1, 2022, copyrighted works from 1926 will enter the US public domain, 1 where they will be free for all to copy, share, and build upon.
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