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7:45 PM ET, March 5, 2019


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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, 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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,”
Benjy Egel / Sacramento Bee:
Police detained a Sacramento Bee reporter and shoved a staff photographer down, damaging his camera, during a protest over the lack of prosecution of two cops  —  Sacramento Bee reporter Dale Kasler was detained Monday night while covering a Stephon Clark protest in East Sacramento.
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 …
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
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
Avis Meyer / Gateway Journalism Review:
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, owned by Lee Enterprises, is outsourcing copy editing and design to Munster, IN; at least 11 editors are leaving as of May 1  —  A reflection  —  And then there were none.  —  The executives at Lee Enterprises, which bought the Post-Dispatch in 2005 …
Discussion: @pdbeth
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.
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 …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
SEC filings show Disney has cut CEO Bob Iger's pay by $13.5M, contingent on the close of the acquisition of 21st Century Fox
Discussion: Observer
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Max Willens / Digiday:
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New York Post:
Agents and producers working on streaming projects for Apple complain about how involved and “intrusive” execs, including Tim Cook, have been, leading to delays