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1:20 AM ET, February 15, 2020

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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 …
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Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
The Bloomberg campaign is working with Meme 2020, whose lead strategist is the CEO of Jerry Media, to create sponsored posts on influential Instagram accounts
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended the Pentagon's effort to strip Stars and Stripes …
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
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  —  In an apparent effort to tamp down on leaks, the NYPD subpoenaed a New York Post reporter's Twitter data …
 
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Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Storyful launches Storyful Video, a video licensing marketplace, letting media outlets buy content directly from its archive of 17K user-generated videos
Michael Grothaus / Fast Company:
eMarketer: political ad spending for the 2020 election will reach $6.89B, up 63.3% compared to 2016, with the majority of spending going to TV and Facebook
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Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Radio Sputnik, a propaganda arm of the Russian government, has started broadcasting on three Kansas City, MO, stations; it's been broadcasting in DC since 2017
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McClatchy files for bankruptcy, ending family control; it hopes to shed much of its pension obligations and eliminate ~60% of its debt