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4:45 PM ET, January 20, 2022


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Journalists covering Olympics say they'll be using burner phones and laptops as they assume 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.
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”  —  As the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games approach and COVID-19 concerns mount, NBC Sports will not send any of its announcing teams to China …
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.
Mahira Dayal / The Information:
TikTok says it is testing letting creators charge subscriptions for their content  —  TikTok is testing the idea of allowing its creators to charge subscriptions for their content, a spokesperson told The Information.  Earlier Wednesday, rival Instagram announced it was offering paid subscriptions to a small group of influencers.
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  —  'We are ferociously defending the traditional approach to journalism ... that it's possible to hold the middle ground and be objective and nonpartisan.'
Michael Malone /
Peacock launches 24/7 local news channels for NBC-owned stations, starting with Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and Miami; the channels won't be geo-targeted  —  WMAQ Chicago, WCAU Philadelphia, WBTS Boston and WTVJ Miami have debuted on streaming platform  —  Peacock is launching 24/7 local …
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%  —  MIDiA's annual music subscriber market shares report is now available here (see below for more details of the report).
Lydia Moynihan / New York Post:
Sources: TikTok ousted its marketing chief Nick Tran after he went “rogue” with plans like TikTok Kitchen, NFTs by Lil Nas X and others, and TikTok Resumes  —  TikTok's marketing chief has been ousted after blindsiding top management with a series of increasingly bizarre campaigns, The Post has learned.
New York Times:
Journalist in Peru sentenced to prison and ordered to pay $100K in a defamation suit brought by a politician, part of a trend of using courts to punish media  —  The author of a book about a powerful politician has been sentenced to two years in prison.  Media advocates say the case is part …
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Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Democratic lawmakers unveil the Banning Surveillance Advertising Act, which would ban targeted ads but allow broad location-based and contextual ads
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney reorganizes its streaming business, including installing former head of Disney+ marketing and operations Joe Earley as president of Hulu
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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
New York Times:
André Leon Talley, US Vogue's former editor-at-large and a rare Black fashion editor, dies at 73
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
Edelman: 67% of people globally say the media purposely tries to mislead, up from 59% in 2021; faith in the media fell in 15 countries and rose in nine
David Roeder / Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago Public Media's board approves the Chicago Sun-Times acquisition, set to close on or about January 31, which will convert the Sun-Times into a nonprofit

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Terraform Labs and co-founder Do Kwon agree to pay $4.47B to resolve a US SEC lawsuit, after a jury in April found them liable for fraud following a civil trial

Sean Michael Kerner / VentureBeat:
Stability AI releases Stable Diffusion 3 Medium, intended to be a smaller yet capable model on consumer GPUs, with 2B parameters, compared to SD3 Large's 8B

Mariella Moon / Engadget:
X says Likes are now private for everyone, meaning users are no longer be able to see who liked someone else's post

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