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5:50 PM ET, March 3, 2020

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Brian Stelter / CNN:
Chris Matthews abruptly announces his retirement amid his MSNBC talk show Hardball, after a string of recent controversies  —  (CNN Business)Chris Matthews, one of the country's best-known political talk show hosts, is retiring from MSNBC, effective immediately, after a string of recent controversies on and off the air.
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
The Australian Associated Press to close on June 26 after 85 years in operation, with ~180 jobs lost, as major shareholders Nine and News Corp find it unviable  —  Chief executive of Australian Associated Press tells staff the news agency, which has operated since 1935, is closing on 26 June
Dan Mangan / CNBC:
The Trump campaign sues The Washington Post for defamation, citing two opinion posts about the campaign and Russia; the suit follows a similar suit against NYT  —  - President Donald Trump's campaign sued the The Washington Post for defamation, citing two opinion articles published in 2019 …
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
With ~430 staff, The Athletic has likely the largest stable of sportswriters in media, but it isn't profitable, making its failure a risk for sports journalism  —  Jon Greenberg, a Chicago-based sportswriter, had just closed on his new house in 2015 when he was laid off by ESPN.
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Study: YouTube has reduced recommendations of some conspiracy theories like flat earth and QAnon but has let others flourish for topics like climate change  —  A new study examines YouTube's efforts to limit the spread of conspiracy theories on its site, from videos claiming the end times are near to those questioning climate change.
New York Times:
US restricts to 100 the number of Chinese citizens who can work in the US for five state-controlled Chinese new orgs, including Xinhua; ~160 work in the US now  —  The new rule could effectively force 60 Chinese citizens to leave the United States in a tit-for-tat campaign between Washington …
Lili Bayer / Politico:
Internal emails show Hungarian state media told staff to seek permission to report on Greta Thunberg and EU politics, and banned mentions of leading NGOs  —  Activists condemn ‘censorship’ revealed in leaked emails.  —  Hungarian state media bosses told staff they need permission to report …
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
CrowdTangle: stories on Facebook from right-wing sources about Hillary Clinton's emails fill three of the top 10 and five of the top 20 slots in past 24 hours  —  It's Super Tuesday and the coronavirus is spreading, but Facebook is talking about Hillary Clinton's emails.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Free streaming service Tubi partners with Enseo, an in-room entertainment platform provider, to bring Tubi to 20+ hotel and resort brands, like Hyatt and Hilton  —  Tubi is taking its ad-supported VOD on the road.  —  The free streaming service is launching directly on TVs …
Michael Ordoña / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix announces Netflix is a Joke Fest, a weeklong comedy festival in LA from April 27 to May 3; 11 of the live shows will stream on Netflix at a later date  —  Netflix is known for going big or going home — whether that means its original programming slate, awards campaigns or subscriber base.
 
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Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff says he is no longer making political endorsements or contributions to candidates since he bought Time Magazine in late 2018
Jess Barnes / Cord Cutters News:
Hulu + Live TV is now available on PlayStation 4
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Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Former Esquire editor Tyler Cabot launches The Chronicles of Now, a startup that uses fictional pieces to explain news from a fresh perspective
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Joshua Franklin / Reuters:
Sources: Warner Music Group has delayed its IPO slated for this week, where it was expected to raise more than $1B, due to concerns over the coronavirus
New York Times:
NYT reporters and editors including Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker discuss what they do in their personal lives to maintain political impartiality
Chris Welch / The Verge:
AT&T TV launches across the US after rolling out in over a dozen markets last year, with prices that start at $49.99/month but go up dramatically after a year
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Sports streaming service DAZN to expand to 200 countries, including the UK, on May 2, with an initial focus on boxing