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2:05 PM ET, January 14, 2022


 Top News: 
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: @tomgara
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  —  The Republican National Committee says it will require candidates to pledge to not participate in debates run by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
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
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.
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.
Lukas I. Alpert / @lalpert1:
Sources: Michelle Gotthelf is out as digital EIC of the NY Post after 20 years at the newspaper  —  Sources tell me that @msgotthelf is out as digital EIC @nypost after ~20 years at the paper. Hearing there is a lot of turmoil over there as of late.
Discussion: @maxwelltani
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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
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
In a first, BET+ will be included on Xfinity TV in a deal between ViacomCBS and Comcast, which also extends carriage of Paramount+, Pluto TV, and Showtime OTT
Jamie Lang / Variety:
Paramount+ buys exclusive rights to show 380 live Premier League matches in Central America and Mexico as part of a three-year deal starting in 2022
Discussion: The Streamable and Deadline
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Don Seiffert / Boston Business Journal:
136 of 253 Gannett newspapers will cease home delivery of Saturday print editions in the coming months, offering expanded access to its online edition instead
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
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
NSO Group spyware was found on devices owned by 35 journalists and activists in El Salvador; 23 devices belong to journalists linked to the El Faro news site
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

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Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, appears to address its concerns

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to patch three new zero-day vulnerabilities, for a total of 16 zero-days fixed in 2023

Jay Peters / The Verge:
X plans to deprecate Circles on October 31, 2023; users will not be able to create new posts nor add people to their Circle but will be able to remove people

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