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8:05 PM ET, January 9, 2022


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Zachary Petrizzo / The Daily Beast:
Politico Playbook issues a correction after misidentifying Sen. Schumer's wife as Justice Sotomayor, blaming an editor for not verifying a tipster's photo  —  OOPS  —  Politico's Playbook newsletter issued a correction on Saturday morning after misidentifying Democratic leader Chuck Schumer's wife …
Jay Caspian Kang / New York Times:
How Ryan's World, launched in 2015 with a then three-year-old Ryan Kaji, grew into a content behemoth with 10 YouTube channels and deals with Amazon and others  —  Ten-year-old Ryan Kaji and his family have turned videos of him playing with toys into a multimillion-dollar empire.
Nick Lewis / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Armenia's introduction of higher defamation fines and criminal charges for “grave insult” sparks worries that the new laws help clamp down on critical outlets  —  When Armenia's government took office after the 2018 Velvet Revolution, it seemed to usher in a new era of press freedom for the former Soviet Republic.
Ruth Shalit Barrett sues The Atlantic for $1M, claiming the magazine defamed her in an editor's note retracting her October 2020 article on niche sports  —  A writer whose article was controversially retracted by The Atlantic magazine is suing the publication.
Caitlin Petre / Nieman Lab:
Research finds journalists consider some uses of metrics “clean”, like those used for a story's promotion, while using metrics to determine content is “dirty”  —  In late January 2012, A. J. Daulerio, then the editor in chief of, published a post on the site announcing an experiment.
Sources: Sinclair's sports group, Diamond Sports, is close to clinching a deal to stream NBA games on a new service to launch in the first half of this year  —  - Diamond said to be nearing loan for regional sports networks  — The struggling subsidiary gets a boost from NBA digital rights
Aron Pilhofer:
With The Athletic purchase, NYT will directly compete for subscribers with local news sites that cover college or pro sports, topics once owned by local papers  —  It turns out, The New York Times does really care about local news — just not in the way we thought.
Meghan Bobrowsky / Wall Street Journal:
John Pinette, Meta's VP of Global Communications, leaves the company after overseeing its public relations teams since 2019  —  John Pinette ran the company's public relations teams since 2019  —  Meta Platforms Inc.'s head of communications said he is leaving the company in a Friday afternoon post …
John Legend sells the rights to his music catalog from late 2004 through early 2021 to BMG and investment firm KKR  —  - Companies strike deal for copyrights, royalties from his music  — High valuations are pushing more and more musicians to sell  —  John Legend joined the growing list …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google says Android TV and Google TV have over 110M monthly active devices combined, up 30M from May 2021  —  While Roku and Amazon's Fire TV are often the first thing people think of when it comes to home entertainment platforms, Google's Android TV OS is growing quickly.
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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India's antitrust watchdog orders an investigation into Google after complaints from news publishers that the company is abusing its news aggregation dominance
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
A California court orders Twitter to reveal the identity of a user who tweeted photos mocking a billionaire, after the user didn't respond to a copyright claim
Sources: Reddit could go public as soon as March 2022 at a valuation of up to $15B; the company was last valued at $10B in August 2021
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