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6:50 PM ET, March 1, 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 …
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Dennis Publishing, the UK-based owner of The Week, has acquired 99-year-old Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc.; Kiplinger's COO will become its CEO  —  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Dennis Publishing, the U.K.-based owner of The Week, has acquired 99-year-old Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc.
Tom Jones / Poynter:
A look back at The Rocky Mountain News, the Pulitzer-winning paper that closed 10 years ago, and how Denver fell from having 500+ journalists to fewer than 80  —  Early in 2008, John Temple was excited about the 150th anniversary of his newspaper.  The publisher, president and editor …
Jeffrey Schweers / Tallahassee Democrat:
Judge throws out defamation suit against NYT by a professor known for defending genetically modified food, citing “fair report” privilege and public records law  —  A University of Florida horticulture professor known for his scientific defense of genetically modified foods lost …
James Walker / Press Gazette:
EU commissioners say Facebook's, Google's, and Twitter's reports on their fight against disinformation don't give enough information on their results  —  European Union commissioners have accused three tech giants of providing “too little information” in reports on their efforts …
Discussion: Reuters, Techdirt and 9to5Mac
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources say Instagram is paying some IGTV creators, but some big influencers stay away due to obstacles like discoverability, monetization, and vertical format  —  Unlike the wildly popular Insta Stories, the social media juggernaut's new extended video service has struggled to capture the zeitgeist …
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.
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: @jessiwrites and Talking Biz News, Thanks:@steverubel
Simon van Zuylen-Wood / Vanity Fair:
Inside Facebook's content policy team, which is made up of several dozen Facebook engineers, lawyers, and PR people who decide what users can post  —  The company blew it on privacy and fake news.  Can it do better against trolls and racists?  An exclusive embed with Facebook's shadow government.
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: TV coverage of Michael Cohen's congressional testimony brought in just under 16M viewers, compared to 20M for Kavanaugh's hearing and 19.5M for Comey's  —  The former Trump lawyer's grilling by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform was the most watched program on TV Wednesday.
Discussion: The Hill, Fortune, Contemptor and TVNewser
 
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Report: New York Media, parent of New York Magazine, The Cut, Vulture, and more, has decided against seeking a buyer after reviewing its options
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
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Samantha Conti / WWD:
Holly Shackleton has been named editor-in-chief of Vogue International, replacing Justine Bellavita
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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
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