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9:20 AM ET, January 25, 2022

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google shutters FLoC, its controversial replacement for cookies, and details Topics, which organizes browsing into 300+ topics  —  FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts), Google's controversial project for replacing cookies for interest-based advertising by instead grouping users into groups of users with comparable interests, is dead.
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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Hundreds of German advertisers and publishers, including Axel Springer, say Google is breaking EU law by phasing out third-party cookies from Chrome by 2023  —  Axel Springer among the media groups demanding that Brussels intervene on search giant's plan  —  Google is facing a fresh complaint …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
A look at likely First Amendment ramifications of the Sarah Palin v. The New York Times libel case, as reporters face aggressive defamation allegations  —  The trial comes at a time when those who argue that news outlets should pay a steeper price for getting something wrong are more emboldened than they've been in decades.
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Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin tests positive for COVID-19, delaying her defamation trial against The New York Times from January 24 until February 3
Andy Greene / Rolling Stone:
Neil Young posts and then deletes a letter to his management team demanding they remove his music from Spotify over Joe Rogan's vaccine misinformation  —  Neil Young posted a since-deleted letter to his management team and record label demanding that they remove his music from Spotify.
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Shannon Bond / NPR:
Over 1,000 health professionals sign an open letter calling on Spotify to crack down on COVID-19 misinformation following a Joe Rogan podcast controversy  —  An open letter urging Spotify to crack down on COVID-19 misinformation has gained the signatures of more than a thousand doctors …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS News overhauls its streaming service to capture TV news viewers moving online, by adding hosts, reviving classic programming, and expanding local offerings  —  Talent like Norah O'Donnell and Tony Dokoupil will host streaming shows, including revivals of Edward R. Murrow's ‘Person-to-Person’ and doc series ‘CBS Reports.’
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Sony announces it acquired Bob Dylan's recorded music back catalog and rights to future new releases in July 2021; sources say the deal is worth $150M-$200M  —  Sources tell Variety that the deal was worth between $150 million and $200 million, although the number was not confirmed; reps for Sony and Dylan declined comment.
Viola Zhou / VICE:
Fight Club, newly released on Tencent Video in China, features an alternative ending whereby police thwart Tyler's anarchist plan  —  Someone tried very hard to please Chinese movie censors.  —  VZ  —  Fight Club is getting an entirely different ending in a new online release in China …
Anthony Cormier / BuzzFeed:
Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, who was sentenced to six months in prison for providing BuzzFeed News with US Treasury Department documents, has been released  —  Revelations by Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards prompted sweeping reform to the financial industry.
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:
PitchBook: VCs invested $1.4B in US and European publishing startups in 2021, more than twice the investment of any previous year  —  Spiffy online news outlets are hot again.  Every month seems to welcome a new publication built on an established journalist's existing audience.
Discussion: @acoyne
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Netflix signs France's new windowing rules to get movies 15 months after their release; other streamers wait 17 months and free-to-air channels wait 22 months  —  After months of heated debates and clashes, the French film industry has set new windowing rules for movies that are released in local theaters.
Discussion: @frasermatthew and Deadline
 
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Daniel Frankel / Next TV:
Cable operators are quietly dropping Newsmax; Atlantic Broadband, Cincinnati Bell, Hargray Communications, and Blue Ridge Communications say it's just business
Simon Galperin / JSK Class of 2022:
A look at the Bloomfield Information Project in New Jersey, a public service journalism lab experimenting with local civic news for and by the community
Bill Donahue / Billboard:
A federal jury awards Cardi B at least $1.25M in a lawsuit against YouTuber Latasha Kebe, found liable for defamation in dozens of videos and other posts
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Al Jazeera:
Turkey arrests and jails prominent journalist Sedef Kabaş for allegedly insulting President Erdoğan; Kabaş faces four years in prison for calling Erdoğan an ox
Andrew Dickson / New York Times:
How UK stage theater companies are using AR and VR to broadcast productions to viewers at home as the pandemic pushes companies to experiment with new art forms
Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A: Monica Samayoa of the Uproot Project, a network of environmental journalists of color, on covering climate change effects on communities of color and more
Joanne O'Connor / Keeping the Receipts:
Carole Cadwalladr's libel trial shows how UK courts are being used to stifle public interest journalism, renewing calls for anti-SLAPP legislation
Politico:
Sixteen media thinkers, including Tom Scocca and David Folkenflik, make predictions about the state of the media in the next 15 years