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3:55 PM ET, January 14, 2022

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Wall Street Journal:
State AGs' lawsuit alleges Google misled publishers and advertisers for years about ad pricing by deflating sales for some while increasing prices for buyers  —  Details show Google employees fretting its ad tech auctions were ‘untruthful’ and based in ‘insider information’
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Leah Nylen / Politico:
In court docs, state AGs allege that Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai personally approved a secret 2018 deal giving Facebook advantages in Google's ad auctions  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google chief executive Sundar Pichai personally approved a secret deal that gave the social network …
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Netflix raises monthly subscription prices by $1 to $2 in the US and Canada, with the standard US plan now costing $15.49 per month, up from $13.99  —  Netflix Inc has raised its monthly subscription price by $1 to $2 per month in the United States depending on the plan, the company said on Friday …
Anita Zielina / Nieman Lab:
US journalism outlets are often deeply and blindly US-centric; a truly global outlet would be run from international hubs and have a clear target market  —  2022 started off with some high-profile movement in the media entrepreneurship space, when Ben Smith, the media columnist for The New York Times …
Stephanie Paterik / @stephpaterik:
[Thread] Adweek EIC Stephanie Paterik announces she is leaving the publication after seven years  —  Some big news to share: I've accepted a new role and am wrapping up my time as EIC of Adweek. The past 7 years have been transformative, for me and for the magazine. I'm so excited about what comes next (more to share soon) and also a puddle of emotion as I say goodbye. A thread:
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix signs deals with PGA Tour, ATP, and WTA for golf and tennis docuseries, following the blueprint of its hit Formula 1 show, which grew the sport's fandom  —  Novak Djokovic's fight to get into the Australian Open could soon be featured in a Netflix Inc. TV show.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The Sun's coverage of the Downing Street party scandal prompts scrutiny after revelations that its deputy EIC had a party during lockdown when he quit No. 10  —  Leaving do claims prompt scrutiny of tabloid's coverage of Downing Street alleged lockdown-breaking events
Nieman Lab:
On top of the National Security Law, Hong Kong is using colonial-era sedition laws to charge reporters with “fake news” or inciting hatred of the government  —  Hong Kong's sedition laws were introduced in the early 20th century and had been unused since the 1970s.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Didem Atakan / Duvar English:
BBC Istanbul staff go on strike as salary negotiations falter: BBC's final offer was a 20% salary raise despite a 36% inflation rate and the lira's devaluation  —  BBC Istanbul employees on Jan. 14 went on strike after the Journalists' Union of Turkey (TGS) and BBC could not reach an agreement in collective bargaining talks.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
One year in, Biden's relationship with the press stands in stark contrast to Trump's, but press freedom advocates have concerns over FOIA, Assange, and more  —  President Joe Biden's approach to U.S. media is a stark contrast to Donald Trump's vicious rhetoric.
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal and RTL partner to cross-sell their “premium TV and digital inventory assets” in the US, Europe, and Asia  —  The arrangement will create opportunities for marketers across the U.S., Europe and Asia, the companies say.
Discussion: The Drum and Variety
 
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
The Republican National Committee says it will require candidates to pledge to not participate in debates run by the Commission on Presidential Debates
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
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Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
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Justin Hendrix / Tech Policy Press:
260+ health professionals ask Spotify to create a misinformation policy, after a discredited scientist spread COVID-19 misinformation on Joe Rogan's podcast