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3:55 PM ET, January 14, 2020

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Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google says it will phase out support for third-party cookies in Chrome within two years  —  Google's Chrome team, advancing its web privacy effort, later this year will begin testing the “privacy sandbox” proposals it unveiled in 2019.  The Chrome tests, which Google announced Tuesday …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Annette Thomas named CEO of Guardian Media Group, parent company of the Guardian and the Observer; she will start in March  —  Annette Thomas will take up role at Guardian and Observer parent company in March  —  The former head of one of the world's largest specialist publishers …
The New York Times Company:
NYT passes $800M in annual digital revenue, a category of revenue it's doubled since 2015, adds 1M+ net digital subscriptions, has 5M+ overall subscriptions  —  - It passed its goal of $800 million of annual digital revenue a year ahead of schedule.  In 2015, when digital revenue was around $400 million …
Anna Orso / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Lisa Hughes named publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the first woman to head the newspaper; Hughes was formerly VP publisher of the New Yorker  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer announced Tuesday its chief executive officer, publisher Terrance C.Z. “Terry” Egger, will retire and be replaced next month …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: Disney+ was downloaded 30M+ times in the US in Q4 2019, besting TikTok; Disney+ has 41M+ installs and made ~$97M in subscriber spending to date  —  U.S. consumers have shown strong interest in Disney's new family-friendly streaming service, Disney+, according to new data from Sensor Tower …
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Two TV academies ask the US secretary of state to waive entry restrictions for award-winning documentarians, citing the case of Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad  —  In a rare joint action, both TV academies have banded together and sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo …
Discussion: @brianstelter
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Publishing's big paychecks and powerful marketing tools attract authors like Dean Koontz and Patricia Cornwell, though bookstores shun Amazon books  —  Dean Koontz, Patricia Cornwell are among the blue-chip writers whose books the tech giant is not just selling but publishing
Discussion: @paulpage and @1pcornwell
David Cohen / Adweek:
Pandora debuts Test & Tune, a suite of audience measurement tools in open beta that provide insights into campaigns' effectiveness while they are underway  —  The audio-streaming platform has rolled out the feature in open beta  —  Audio-streaming platform Pandora has a new way for advertisers to track campaigns.
Discussion: MediaPost
Jiri Skacel / Reuters:
Former soldier admitted killing Slovakian investigative journalist Jan Kuciak two years ago in court on Monday  —  PEZINOK, Slovakia (Reuters) - A former soldier admitted in court on Monday killing a Slovakian journalist whose murder two years ago led to anti-corruption protests that brought …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Workers in G/O Media's union urge the company's private-equity owners to replace CEO Jim Spanfeller, claiming his leadership led to less traffic, more turnover  —  The employees, who work for websites including Gizmodo, Lifehacker and Jezebel, say that the management has led to decreased readership and increased turnover
Bethany Minelle / Sky News:
2020 Oscars nominees are the least diverse since the 2015 #OscarsSoWhite backlash, with no female best director nominees and only one black nominee for acting  —  It's the least diverse line-up since the #OscarsSoWhite backlash in 2015, after which the academy diversified their membership.
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Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix leads Oscars with 24 nominations, in part due to The Irishman's 10 nods, including best picture; Disney came second with 23 nods, followed by Sony's 20
 
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