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10:25 AM ET, February 28, 2019

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Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Ev Williams announces that all Medium paywalled stories will be free for readers that come to the site from Twitter  —  If you're not the paying sort, Medium has a mile-wide new hole in its paywall that might interest you.  (But really, you should be the paying sort.)
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Media advocacy group Free Press has proposed a tax on targeted advertising to fund noncommercial journalism and support new news distribution models  —  Facebook and Google aren't going to stop targeting ads to Internet users, and advertisers aren't likely to stop loving the data …
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Arbitrator awards the team behind TV series Bones $179M after ruling that 21st Century Fox execs fraudulently hid profit info from stars and executive producer
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK charities declare the Momo challenge a hoax after the media publishes hundreds of articles on it, causing a moral panic despite absence of evidence  —  Groups say no evidence yet of self-harm from craze, but resulting hysteria poses a risk  —  It is the most talked about viral scare story …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Study estimates Netflix could be losing $192M/month from people who freeload by account sharing, with Amazon losing $45M/month and Hulu losing $40M/month  —  As many as 1 in 5 people today are mooching off of someone else's account when streaming video from Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Video, according to a new study from CordCutting.com.
Discussion: Fast Company
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
FTC settles with Musical.ly, now TikTok, for $5.7M, over the app's violation of US child privacy laws; TikTok's app updates with a new UX for users under 13  —  A significant FTC ruling issued today will see video app TikTok fined $5.7 million for violating U.S. children's privacy laws …
Luis Paez-Pumar / Deadspin:
SB Nation Editor-in-Chief Elena Bergeron is stepping down on March 15 with Executive Producer Ryan Nanni filling in in the interim  —  After almost two years as SB Nation editor-in-chief, Elena Bergeron is stepping down from the role, according to a company-wide email sent out on Wednesday by Vox Media publisher Melissa Bell.
Discussion: Awful Announcing
James Mattone / Thinknum Media:
The NBA's G League boasted an average Twitch stream of 8,300+ concurrent viewers in first two weekends of its 2019 season, beating streams of NBA's videogames  —  For years, NBA's G League, the minor leagues of basketball, was lost in the shuffle of NBA's massive television deals.
France 24:
Police arrest a dozen journalists at an Algiers rally, attended by ~100 journalists, against alleged censorship of protests against fifth term for president  —  Algerian police arrested a dozen journalists participating in a rally Thursday against alleged censorship of coverage of protests …
Thomson Reuters:
Reuters expands its video and photo sports offerings through partnerships with the Players' Tribune, AFLO, Panoramic, Sporting Images, and MB Media  —  Reuters, the world's largest international multimedia news provider, announced today that it is further expanding its sports content offering …
 
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Siobhan O'Connor / OneZero:
Medium launches OneZero, a tech and science publication with analysis and commentary, as part of its plan for a portfolio on tech, business, health, and more
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Washington Post:
White House excluded reporters from the AP, Reuters, and other outlets from covering Trump's dinner with Kim Jong Un because they had shouted questions earlier
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC and UK broadcaster ITV have confirmed plans to launch a joint, paid streaming service called BritBox by the end of 2019
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
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