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8:25 AM ET, February 27, 2019

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Gus Garcia-Roberts / USA Today:
Twitter has permanently suspended Jacob Wohl for creating and operating fake accounts, after he shared plans to make deceptive accounts before the 2020 election  —  Twitter announced that it is permanently suspending Jacob Wohl, a 21-year-old Internet hoaxer and supporter of President Donald Trump …
Cherie Hu / Bello Collective:
Investments in podcasts like Spotify's Gimlet acquisition will allow artists to share their own narratives directly with fans and avoid traditional music press  —  In sidestepping media middlemen, artists are creating their own DIY music-media economy  —  Over the past few decades …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pandora launches Stories, a new marketing tool allowing artists to build music playlists combined with voice tracks, available for all users to stream  —  In an effort to one-up Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora this morning announced the launch of a new marketing tool for artists, called Pandora Stories.
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:   A job posting from Spotify suggests the company wants to develop a series of sports podcasts
Columbia Journalism Review:
Reuters/Ipsos poll in US: 60% believe sources pay reporters sometimes or very often, 41% are less likely to believe stories with anonymous sources, and more  —  For decades, we've known that Americans don't trust the press.  What we haven't known is how people view the makings of journalism …
American Journalism Project:
The American Journalism Project, a venture philanthropy project aiming to reinvigorate local news, has launched with $42M in commitments  —  New venture philanthropy organization will work collaboratively to catalyze a new generation of civic news organizations  —  Feb. 26, 2019.
Hadas Gold / CNN:
DC appeals court rejects DOJ's bid to overturn the ruling that cleared the way for AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner; DOJ says it will not seek further review  —  London (CNN Business)An appeals court has rejected the Justice Department's bid to overturn a ruling that cleared the way for AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner.
East Bay Times:
After inadvertently releasing a list of thousands of cops with criminal convictions under public records law, CA's AG threatened two reporters with legal action  —  Attorney General warns reporters it's illegal to possess list of thousands of cop convictions  —  Their crimes ranged from shoplifting to embezzlement to murder.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Spotify goes live for some in India, even as its licensing fight continues with Warner Music; after free trial, premium service is 119 rupees, or about $1.67/mo  —  Spotify's India launch is well underway, with some local users reporting that they can already access the music service on their devices.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
theSkimm plans to launch its first daily news podcast, Skimm This, on March 4, releasing it at 5pm weekdays and focusing on around four stories in 10 minutes  —  News media company theSkimm is delving further into podcasting, with the launch of its first daily news podcast called Skimm This, set to launch on March 4.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC and UK broadcaster ITV have confirmed plans to launch a joint, paid-for streaming service BritBox by the end of 2019  —  Streaming service to launch this year will feature archive shows and new commissions  —  The BBC and ITV have confirmed plans to join forces and launch a paid …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
In late January, The Economist tightened its paywalled to five articles per month from three per week, in hopes of increasing subscribers  —  The Economist has tightened its paywall so readers have access to five articles a month — rather than three a week — in order to nudge more registered users over into subscribing.
 
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Tiffany Stevens / Columbia Journalism Review:
In the past year, more reporters are living among residents in US-Mexico border cities, helping national outlets like LAT and NYT improve immigration coverage
Financial Times:
Study estimates 1,000-1,500 US newspapers, many owned by private equity and hedge fund investors, are “ghost newspapers” mainly filled with wire copy and ads
Joe Otterson / Variety:
HBO has ordered a second new documentary series of “Axios”, from the news site of the same name, as well as four shorter specials focused on more timely news
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Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Out magazine, whose parent company is owned by hedge fund Oreva Capital, has failed to pay contributors on time; CEO says five employees have been laid off
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on governments and the international community to protect the press as attacks become “the new normal”
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Washington Post:
The US press corps were forced to leave the Melia hotel in Hanoi, where TV crews had spent weeks setting up cameras, after Kim Jong-Un arrived to stay
The Guardian:
UK far-right activist Tommy Robinson has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram for repeatedly breaking policies on hate speech
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Facebook will only renew about one-third of existing Facebook Watch news shows; source says one show that was renewed had a 30% budget cut
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Univision says Jorge Ramos and his team, who were in Caracas to interview Maduro, were briefly detained at the palace after Maduro “didn't like” their questions
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook restores network of Russia-backed pages targeting US millennials, 10 days after suspending them, after forcing those behind them to disclose RT ties
Justin Osofsky / Facebook:
Facebook says it's committed to enforcing its expectations of working conditions for contractor moderators, and the firms it partners with excel in their domain