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2:25 PM ET, February 15, 2020

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 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google is in talks with publishers, mostly outside the US, about paying a licensing fee for content that would be in a news product  —  The search giant is in talks with some publishers about paying a fee for content that would be part of a premium news product
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Facebook to allow influencers to produce sponsored content for US politicians and political campaigns, if the posts are clearly identified as paid partnerships  —  Bloomberg's bad memes might just be the beginning  —  Facebook will allow influencers to produce sponsored content …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
HQ Trivia, the company behind the once popular live mobile trivia game, is shutting down  —  New York (CNN Business)It's over for HQ Trivia.  —  The company behind the once-popular live mobile trivia game is shutting down, CNN Business has learned.  HQ will part ways with 25 full-time employees.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Text messages, recordings, and interviews show a climate of bullying at Washington Examiner; managing editor Toby Harnden left the conservative outlet on Monday  —  New York (CNN Business)The shock announcement came on Monday.  —  Hugo Gurdon, the editor in chief of the Washington Examiner …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Univision in exclusive sale talks at a ~$10B valuation with a bidding group that includes former Viacom CFO Wade Davis and Searchlight Capital Partners  —  The Spanish-language broadcaster has been running a sales process for months  —  Univision Communications Inc. is in exclusive sale talks …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
A group of podcast publishers including Spotify, NPR, and Wondery form Podcast Academy to promote podcasting, sets its first Golden Mics annual awards for 2021  —  The burgeoning podcast biz is looking for its own version of the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys.  —  On Friday, a group …
MediaPost:
Analysis finds the average number of channels received by US Nielsen households fell 6.5% YoY to 179.5 in 2019, possibly due to declining cable subscriptions  —  For only the second time since Nielsen has been reporting data illustrating the effect of TV channel fragmentation …
Discussion: @tedataca and Multichannel News
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin, two prominent video bloggers chronicling the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, have disappeared  —  Two video bloggers whose dispatches from the heart of the outbreak showed fear, grief and dissatisfaction with the government have gone silent.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Sinclair Broadcast nears a deal for video streaming service Deltatre to become the digital video provider for Sinclair's 21 regional sports networks  —  - Deltatre to provide digital video for regional sports networks  — Sinclair recently bought 21 RSNs from Disney for $9.6 billion
 
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Storyful launches Storyful Video, a video licensing marketplace, letting media outlets buy content directly from its archive of 17K user-generated videos
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Corey Dickstein / Stars & Stripes:
Pentagon acknowledges that its budget proposal would completely cut its $15.6M subsidy to Stars and Stripes, making up about half the publication's annual funds
Craig McCarthy / New York Post:
NYC police subpoenaed Twitter records of NY Post's Tina Moore while investigating leaks, then withdrew the subpoena after Post lawyers contacted the department
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
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