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7:35 PM ET, February 28, 2019

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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 …
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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  —  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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Alex Feerst / OneZero:
Interviews with 15 content moderators from YouTube, Facebook, and other platforms on their day-to-day work, how the job has affected them personally, and more  —  Tech platform trust and safety employees are charged with policing the impossible.  They open up to Medium's head of trust and safety.
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: @jbenton
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  —  In mid-January, a BuzzFeed News report hit the news cycle like a mile-wide asteroid landing on Earth.
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
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.
 
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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
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
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
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Thomson Reuters:
Reuters expands its video and photo sports offerings through partnerships with the Players' Tribune, AFLO, Panoramic, Sporting Images, and MB Media
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
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
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