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1:30 PM ET, February 28, 2019

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Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Ev Williams announces that all Medium paywalled stories will be free for readers who 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.)
Mike Allen / Axios:
Jonah Goldberg to leave the National Review and partner with ex-Weekly Standard EIC Steve Hayes to launch conservative media company, starting with newsletters  —  Jonah Goldberg is leaving National Review in the coming months to start a new conservative media company with Steve Hayes …
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
CNN launches an app on Magic Leap's AR headset, streaming live programming and on-demand videos for users who log in with TV Everywhere  —  CNN is coming to augmented reality: The news network launched an app on Magic Leap's AR headset Thursday, streaming live programming and on-demand videos on the device.
Discussion: @jbenton
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 …
Hollywood Reporter:
AMC Networks beats fourth quarter expectations with $773M in revenue and profit of $72M, down from $145M in Q4 2017; ad revenue rose 1.4% YoY  —  The cable networks company on an analyst call talked about an upcoming spin-off series for its flagship zombie drama now closing in on its tenth year.
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.
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.
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
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 …
 
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Reuters expands its video and photo sports offerings through partnerships with the Players' Tribune, AFLO, Panoramic, Sporting Images, and MB Media
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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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
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