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2:40 PM ET, January 29, 2022


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Chris Eggertsen / Billboard:
Joni Mitchell pulls her music from Spotify in solidarity with Neil Young, saying “irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives”  —  “Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives,” Mitchell wrote on her official website Friday.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Internal messages detail Spotify's lax health content policy; the company told staff multiple Joe Rogan podcast episodes “didn't meet the threshold for removal”  —  Leaked messages reveal the company has reviewed every Rogan episode and none ‘meet the threshold for removal’
Randall Roberts / Los Angeles Times:
A look at Neil Young's history of feuding with corporations and big institutions, from MTV to Spotify, and his digital music startup Pono that shut down in 2017  —  When Neil Young announced he was pulling his entire discography from music streaming giant Spotify over the platform's alliance …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard's former EIC who broke ties with Fox to protest Tucker Carlson's January 6 special, joins NBC News  —  Stephen Hayes, the conservative political analyst who raised eyebrows in November when he took to The New York Times to announce his breaking ties …
James Hale / Tubefilter:
YouTuber Hank Green compares TikTok's creator fund, which pays creators less as more creators join, unfavorably to YouTube, which pays 55% of ad revenue  —  In 2020, TikTok established a creator fund that distributes $200 million annually to creators based in the U.S.
Meta says it has paused new users from joining its social media tracking tool CrowdTangle as it works “through some staffing constraints”  —  Facebook's parent company Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) has paused new users from joining its social media tracking tool CrowdTangle due to staffing constraints.
Joanne Kenen / Politico:
Some experts say David Leonhardt, author of the influential NYT newsletter “The Morning” underestimates and underplays COVID-19's risks by cherry-picking data  —  THE NIGHTLY READS ‘THE MORNING’ — With 5 million readers, David Leonhardt, the author of The New York Times …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Salt Lake Tribune tells staffers to hire and expense services to scrub their personal info from the internet, after threats followed a pandemic editorial  —  The Salt Lake Tribune alerted police to threats that the newspaper received after publishing a Jan. 15 editorial that ripped state leaders …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Hearst Newspapers claims 300K digital-only subscribers, up 50% YoY, of which 140K are the San Francisco Chronicle's, as it plans a shared product and data hub  —  Heart's newspapers represent a sort of counterpoint to the perception that the industry is all about financial distress and contraction.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A US judge refuses to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought by a Georgian chess master against Netflix over a mention of her in an episode of The Queen's Gambit  —  A judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Georgian chess master who alleged that she was defamed in an episode of the Netflix series “The Queen's Gambit.”
Vipal Monga / Wall Street Journal:
Shopify denies copyright infringement claims from publishers and says court is the wrong venue to force changes in copyright laws that shield tech companies  —  E-commerce company says it isn't liable for copyright infringement by sellers; has responded to takedown requests
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