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2:05 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 …
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Plepler and Levy's exits indicate that AT&T plans to combine HBO and Turner into one entity, contrary to previous comments, which will be run by Bob Greenblatt  —  HBO's famous boss is going because the TV business is changing.  Warner Bros.' boss is staying because the movies aren't going anywhere.
Discussion: @jadande
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Turner Broadcasting President David Levy confirms he is leaving WarnerMedia in about two months  —  David Levy is getting ready for what is likely to be his last insider's view of the NCAA Final Four.  —  In 2010, Levy was one of the principals in a surprising sports deal that brought …
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Warner Music's lawsuit against Spotify in India underscores music labels' worry over music streaming services doing more direct deals with artists in the future  —  Big Tech and Big Music are used to being frenemies.  Now things are getting feistier.  —  The music business is booming, for real.
 
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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
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
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