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3:00 PM ET, March 5, 2019


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Financial Times:
The Financial Times has acquired a majority stake in Amsterdam-based tech blog and events company The Next Web  —  5 March 2019: The Financial Times has acquired a controlling stake in TNW (The Next Web), an events and media company with a focus on new technology and startups in Europe.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
A look at how Spotify plans to crack the podcast market: making it easier to find podcasts, investing in creation tools and exclusive original content, and more  —  Spotify has been on a media blitz to hype up its plans.  Most everyone involved in the deals, including Spotify CEO Daniel Ek …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
On Amazon, a book pushing QAnon conspiracy theories climbs the charts, aided by Amazon's algorithmically generated recommendations  —  The book is currently No. 9 in all books about politics and No. 1 in all books about “Censorship,” one slot ahead of Ray Bradbury's “Farhenheit 451,”
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Comedian Miel Bredouw's fight with Barstool Sports after they posted her video without credit shows how Twitter's copyright system can hurt creators  —  “It's insane to me that the platform is allowing them to do this.”  —  Earlier today, Los Angeles-based writer and comedian Miel Bredouw claims …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Blockchain journalism startup Civil will try relaunching on Wed., after it failed to sell blockchain tokens before, but is still hampered by an opaque structure  —  Civil, an ambitious and idealistic venture to nurture journalism startups, will “relaunch” Wednesday.
Tom Cardoso / Globe and Mail:
Google to ban political ads in Canada ahead of federal election, says complying with new ad transparency rules required by Bill C-76 would be too challenging  —  Google is banning political advertising on its platforms ahead of the Canadian federal election because of new ad transparency rules …
Q&A with David Chavern, president and CEO of the News Media Alliance, on how Google and Facebook are the de facto regulators of the news industry and more  —  Chavern's organization advocates on behalf of 2,000 print and online media outlets.  —  On the latest episode of Recode Decode …
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Content recommendation engine Taboola is buying Israeli-based startup Start Magazine to bolster its service for Android users  —  Deal will put Taboola recommendations on more Android phones' lock screens  —  Taboola Inc., the “content recommendation” engine best known for placing sponsored links …
Discussion: @jackshafer
James Walker / Press Gazette:
Investigative site Bellingcat has been awarded €500K which it is using to launch an office and training centre in The Hague  —  Investigative journalism group Bellingcat has been awarded €500,000 of funding which it will use to set up an office and training centre in The Hague.
Ronn Blitzer / Law & Crime:
Report: former reporter Diana Falzone settled lawsuit with Fox News, after suing following demotion over Stormy Daniels story which was spiked  —  A massive New Yorker report on the ongoing and evolving relationship between Fox News and President Donald Trump included details …
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Since Trump was elected, Fox News has swerved from being a partisan news network to the closest thing the US has to state TV
Beth Daley / The Conversation:
The Conversation US names Beth Daley, formerly of The Boston Globe and InsideClimate News, as its new editor  —  I am thrilled to join this nonprofit journalism organization so singular in our nation's crowded media landscape.  —  The Conversation US plays an indispensable role in our democracy …
Discussion: @dabeard and @conversationus
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Democracy Fund report details the history and current state of African-American press, including black digital media, and offers recommendations for advocates  —  “We are watching organizations like Huffington Post determine what Black stories are elevated to national news stories.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Q&A with Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, who has been tasked with leading AT&T's forthcoming streaming service  —  AT&T has just handed the keys to WarnerMedia's most high-profile business initiative to Bob Greenblatt, the seasoned TV executive whose resume includes helping …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Bob Greenblatt named as chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment; Jeff Zucker named chairman of WarnerMedia News & Sports and remains President of CNN
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Source: Jeff Bezos' security chief is preparing a 90-page investigative report that alleges The Enquirer published exposé to curry favor with Saudi investors  —  “At the end of this, we're all going to look really, really bad,” says Michael Sanchez.  —  Improbably, given all that's happened, they're still together.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Disney names Fox Networks Group CFO Ravi Ahuja as president of its business operations and CFO of Walt Disney television  —  Walt Disney Co. is continuing to bolster its television team with Fox executives, this time bringing over Ravi Ahuja to serve as president of business operations …
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