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7:40 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 …
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 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 …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
How The Athletic finally got sold: sources say Amazon, Condé Nast, and DraftKings showed interest and 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.
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.
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
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.
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:
 
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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
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
Discussion: The Drum and Variety
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
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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
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 iSpot.tv to track the Olympics and the Super Bowl next month, in addition to Nielsen, in a new multiyear agreement