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7:15 PM ET, January 25, 2022


 Top News: 
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google shutters FLoC, its controversial ad tech for replacing third-party cookies, and proposes Topics, which categorizes the sites users visit into 300+ topics  —  FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts), Google's controversial project for replacing cookies for interest-based advertising …
Viola Zhou / VICE:
Fight Club gets an alternate ending in its China release on Tencent Video wherein the police thwart Tyler Durden'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 …
Andy Greene / Rolling Stone:
Neil Young posts and then deletes a letter to his manager and a Warner exec 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.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Two House Energy and Commerce Committee members send a letter to NBC Universal's execs asking whether China or the IOC have influenced NBC's Olympics coverage  —  Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have sent a letter to NBC Universal executives voicing concerns about …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
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  —  Conservative channel's carriage issues emerge as rival OAN faces pay TV oblivion  —  While the focus has been on its conservative …
Discussion: @dannyfrankel and The Streamable
Cáit Caden / Irish Examiner:
Stripe partners with Spotify to help podcasters accept payments in dozens of currencies in more than 30 countries  —        —  Stripe has partnered with Spotify to help podcasters use the platform to accept payments in dozens of currencies in more than 30 countries.
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
Jacob Adelman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Philadelphia Inquirer is negotiating to rent office space that is 60% smaller and $1M/year cheaper, starting Q1 2023, as it expects much work to be remote  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer is negotiating a lease at the midcentury landmark at 100 S. Independence Mall West still often known …
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
HarbourView Equity, the group backed by $1B from Apollo to invest in music rights and other media assets, buys Luis Fonsi's catalog, its first major acquisition  —  Deal with HarbourView comes as Wall Street chases returns from music copyrights  —  Private equity giant Apollo Global Management …
Rory Smith / New York Times:
Profile of Italian soccer journalist Fabrizio Romano, who has amassed a huge following by becoming the go-to source for transfer news on social media  —  Fabrizio Romano has turned rumors and a catchphrase into an industry.  But is he an observer of soccer's multibillion-dollar transfer market, or a participant in it?
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Grid, a news startup founded by Mark Bauman and headed by Laura McGann, maintains ties through its five-member board to APCO, which lobbies for UAE clients
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
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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
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
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
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