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10:20 AM ET, March 1, 2019

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Source: Turner Broadcasting President David Levy will leave WarnerMedia as part of a broader shakeup by corporate parent AT&T  —  David Levy, the longtime Turner executive, will leave WarnerMedia as part of a broader shakeup, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Memo: HBO CEO and Chairman Richard Plepler tells staff he is leaving the company, nine months after AT&T's acquisition of HBO parent Time Warner  —  It's the end of an era.  —  One of the most storied runs in TV is coming to an end.  Richard Plepler is leaving HBO after 27 years with the cable giant …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
LinkedIn will launch a weekly podcast, Hello Monday, on March 4, hosted by Jessi Hempel, formerly a senior writer at Wired  —  The show will be hosted by LinkedIn senior editor-at-large Jessi Hempel, and each episode will feature an interview with someone who has found success in their field.
Discussion: Talking Biz News, Thanks:@steverubel
Jem Aswad / Variety:
RIAA: US revenue for recorded music grew 12% in 2018 to $9.8B largely due to a 30% surge in streaming revenue; subscriptions to services like Spotify topped 50M  —  The U.S. music industry posted its third consecutive year of double-digit growth, according to the RIAA's year-end revenue report issued today.
Samantha Conti / WWD:
Holly Shackleton has been named editor-in-chief of Vogue International, replacing Justine Bellavita  —  Shackleton will join Vogue International in April from i-D magazine, where she is currently global editor in chief.  —  ESSENTIALIST  —  TODAY'S MUST READ  —  LATEST GALLERIES
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says in the coming months it will test a Hide Tweet feature that allows users to hide replies to their tweets that others can view through a menu option  —  Twitter today confirmed it's developing a new “Hide Tweet” feature, which it says will give users another option to protect their conversations.
Times Higher Education:
Times Higher Education has been sold to private equity firm Inflexion; partner publication Tes has been sold to private equity firm Providence Equity Partners  —  Inflexion acquires company from TPG Capital  —  Times Higher Education has been sold to private equity firm Inflexion, becoming a stand-alone business for the first time.
Discussion: @lizmorrish
Calum Muirhead / Proactiveinvestors United …:
Media group Future, owner of Tom's Hardware, Techradar, and others, acquires Mobile Nations, which owns Android Central, Windows Central, and others, for $120M  —  The media group it would pay US$55mln in cash and US$5mln in shares for Mobile Nations, adding that there was also a deferred payment …
Discussion: @backlon, Thanks:@desireathow
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
NYT is testing a feature that bars use of incognito mode to circumvent its paywall as Google is working on code to prevent sites from detecting incognito mode  —  As long as The New York Times has had a metered paywall — it's coming up on eight years! — people have been trying to sneak around it.
Discussion: MediaPost, Softpedia News and @jbenton
YouTube Creator Blog:
YouTube says it will disable comments on almost all videos featuring minors, improve classification of comments, and continue to ban harmful accounts  —  We know that many of you have been closely following the actions we're taking to protect young people on YouTube and are as deeply concerned as we are that we get this right.
University of California:
The University of California will not renew subscriptions with academic publisher Elsevier, saying Elsevier was unwilling to meet open access publishing goals  —  As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking …
 
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Bloomberg:
Netflix is testing higher prices in Italy, setting the cost of a premium plan at about €18 or $20.50 a month; current EU prices range from €8 to €14 per month
Discussion: BGR
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Cohen's testimony mostly vindicates BuzzFeed reporting on Trump “directing” him to lie, but saying Trump's directions were explicit was a self-inflicted wound
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
Greta Van Susteren joins Gray Television, a network of local TV stations in 91 markets, as chief national political analyst
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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
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Ev Williams announces that all Medium paywalled stories will be free for readers who come to the site from Twitter