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11:55 AM ET, January 21, 2022


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Journalists covering the Olympics plan to use burner phones and laptops as they assume total surveillance by the government intent on controlling China's image  —  Journalists covering the Winter Olympics next month say they'll do their work in Beijing on brand-new cellphones and laptops.
Andy Hall / ESPN Front Row:
ESPN, which planned to send four reporters to the Winter Olympics in China, says it won't send any personnel due to COVID-19 concerns and related restrictions  —  Robust remote coverage plans will kick off prior to start of competition  —  Due to concerns about COVID-19 …
Christine Brennan / USA Today:
NBC Sports says it won't send any Winter Olympics announcing teams to Beijing due to COVID-19 but still plans “a large presence on the ground”
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix reports Q4 revenue of $7.71B, up 16% YoY, net income of $607M, 222M paid subscribers, and $30B in 2021 revenue, up 19%; stock down 25%+ on weak guidance  —  Netflix ended 2021 with a slightly lower-than-expected subscriber gain in the fourth quarter, and its stock took a dive with a weak Q1 outlook.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Docs from Congress' January 6 committee show Sean Hannity texted advice for Trump on January 7, 2021, to then WH press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, now at Fox  —  The Fox News host Sean Hannity had some blunt advice for President Donald J. Trump on Jan. 7, 2021: “No more stolen election talk.”
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BBC News has the biggest news account on Instagram, with 20M followers, which it says regularly drives 700K+ clicks weekly to its website, 5x more than in 2019  —  BBC News crossed 20m followers on Instagram in December - the first news account in the world to do so.
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
Memo: David Firestone, NBC News Digital's executive editor and a former NYT reporter and editor, plans to retire in mid-May after 45 years in journalism  —  NBC News Digital executive editor David Firestone is retiring in mid-May after 45 years in the journalism business, the last five of them at NBC.
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Meta's content moderators seem unable to distinguish Sri Lankan outlet Tamil Guardian from the long-defunct Tamil Tigers, highlighting risks to press freedom  —  Facebook's Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, a vast library of secret rules limiting the online speech of billions …
The Australian Associated Press names former Sydney Morning Herald editor Lisa Davies as CEO, replacing Emma Cowdroy, who will step down but stay at the AAP  —  Emma Cowdroy to step down from heading Newswire service, which was saved from attempted closure by News Corp and Nine
Discussion: @lisazdavies and Mumbrella
Ted Gioia / The Honest Broker:
MRC Data: in 2021, songs more than 18 months old represented 70% of the US streaming market, up from 65% in 2020, meaning the new music market is shrinking  —  All the growth in the music business now comes from old songs—how did we get here, and is there a way back?
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Political reporter Robert Costa is leaving The Washington Post to become a full-time TV journalist at CBS News but will keep collaborating on some Post projects  —  The longtime Washington Post political reporter will take an on-air role covering campaigns and elections.
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Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
A West Virginia TV reporter was hit by a car during a solo live broadcast, highlighting the risks journalists face juggling roles once filled by multiple people
Lydia Moynihan / New York Post:
Sources: TikTok ousted its marketing chief Nick Tran for “going rogue” with plans like TikTok Kitchen, NFTs by Lil Nas X and others, and TikTok Resumes
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A judge in Peru sentenced a journalist to prison and fined him $100K, in a politician's defamation lawsuit, as part of a trend of using courts to punish media
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Mark Mulligan / MIDiA Research:
Research: global music subscribers hit 523.9M in Q2 2021, up 26.4% YoY; Spotify had 31% market share; Apple Music, 15%; Amazon Music, 13%, and YouTube Music, 8%
Tom Jones / Poynter:
Q&A with NBC News president Noah Oppenheim about advocacy journalism, the future of the NBC News NOW streaming service, what makes Dateline addictive, and more
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney reorganizes its streaming business, including installing former head of Disney+ marketing and operations Joe Earley as president of Hulu
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Three philanthropies invest $20M+ to launch an independent nonprofit news operation in Houston with about 40 journalists in late 2022 or early 2023

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Shashank Pathak / Entrackr:
Google cuts the Maps API pricing for Indian devs by ~70% and starts accepting payments in Indian rupee, after Ola unveiled one-year free dev access to Ola Maps

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