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12:05 PM ET, January 15, 2022


 Top News: 
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
DirecTV plans to drop One America News Network after its current agreement expires, which a source says is in early April; DirecTV is OANN's largest distributor  —  DirecTV, one of the largest U.S. pay-TV providers, plans to drop One America News Network, dealing a major blow …
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’
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 …
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
A guessing game arises over who will land the NYT's Media Equation column, as anonymous insiders float names including Wesley Lowery and Katie Rosman  —  Ben Smith's abrupt exit has sparked a newsroom guessing game for his successor—Katie Rosman?  Wesley Lowery?—though, as one insider put it …
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Netflix raises its monthly subscription prices by $1 to $2 in the US and Canada; the standard US plan has increased from $13.99 to $15.49 per month  —  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 …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Amazon, Condé Nast, DraftKings, and TPG were interested in The Athletic, and the NYT bumped its initial offer by 10% to secure the deal  —  - The Athletic's $550 million sale to The New York Times is seen as a major success by some close to the company but disappointing to others.
Haroon Siddique / The Guardian:
The trial begins for Carole Cadwalladr's libel case brought by Brexit funder Arron Banks, who is suing the journalist over a Ted Talk and a related tweet  —  Carole Cadwalladr's team sets out defence in first day of libel trial brought by Leave.EU founder  —  The libel action brought …
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
How Netflix succeeded in South Korea, including by developing ideas considered too risky for broadcasters and licensing local content overseas  —  It took “Squid Game” just four weeks this past fall to become the most-watched Netflix Inc. show ever released in any language.
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.
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Stephanie Paterik / @stephpaterik:
[Thread] Adweek EIC Stephanie Paterik announces she is leaving the publication after seven years
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
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
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Jay Cridlin / Tampa Bay Times:
Paul Tash, Tampa Bay Times' longest-serving CEO and chairman, is retiring and will be succeeded by company president Conan Gallaty
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:
NBCUniversal plans to use audience data from to track the Olympics and the Super Bowl next month, in addition to Nielsen, in a new multiyear agreement

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Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Apple removes WhatsApp, Threads, Signal, and Telegram from its App Store in China, after orders from the country's regulators citing national security concerns

Ryan Morrison / Tom's Guide:
Microsoft researchers introduce VASA-1, an AI model that can create a realistic talking face video from a portrait photo and an audio file, in research preview

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

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