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3:15 PM ET, March 4, 2020


 Top News: 
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter will begin testing Fleets, letting iOS and Android users make posts that disappear after 24 hours, in Brazil, finally using a Stories-like format  —  On Wednesday, Twitter will begin testing a feature, called “Fleets,” that will allow you to post photos, videos, and text that disappear after a short period of time.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish says the company is preparing to sell its publishing unit, Simon & Schuster, as it is “not a core asset”  —  ViacomCBS is preparing to sell its publishing unit, Simon & Schuster, as the company re-evaluates all its assets in a fast-changing business landscape.
R.T. Watson / Wall Street Journal:
Quibi says it has closed a second round of financing worth $750M that includes about $400M raised at the end of 2019, bringing its total raised to $1.75B  —  Closing $750 million financing round brings total raised to $1.75 billion  —  Short-form video streamer Quibi said it has closed …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Sources: Roku has talked with media and entertainment companies about producing original shows for its ad-supported Roku Channel  —  This article is part of the Digiday Video Briefing, which features must-reads, confessionals and key market stats.  To receive the Digiday Video Briefing, please subscribe.
Washington Post:
Sources: Chris Matthews planned to retire after the 2020 election but was forced out of MSNBC following weeks of embarrassments  —  On Monday night, Chris Matthews gathered with the crew of his long-running MSNBC show “Hardball,” his family and the network's president, Phil Griffin …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Chris Matthews abruptly announces his retirement amid his MSNBC talk show Hardball, after a string of recent controversies
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
The White House banned audio and video recording of a COVID-19 media briefing with Mike Pence on Tuesday, stoking criticism  —  Five days after the Trump administration promised to be “aggressively transparent” about its response to the coronavirus outbreak, the White House ignited backlash …
Michael Barba / The San Francisco Examiner:
San Francisco reaches a plan to pay freelancer Bryan Carmody $369,000 to settle claim after police searched his home, office, and phone records in a leak probe  —  Nearly a year after police raided his home and office in a widely condemned infringement of his rights as a journalist …
Mary McNamara / Los Angeles Times:
NYT's Ben Smith breathlessly praises his new employer in his first column, with self-congratulatory hyperbole, describing a problem without offering a solution  —  The New York Times just debuted its new media critic, Ben Smith, with the headline “Why the Success of the Times May Be Bad News for Journalism” …
New York Times:
Ronan Farrow says he won't work with Catch and Kill publisher Hachette Book Group again, after its division announced plans to publish Woody Allen's memoir  —  The author of “Catch and Kill,” which was published by a division of Hachette Book Group, said he wouldn't work with the company again …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: American Media cut many digital jobs at its celebrity titles on Friday, with nearly all of Radar Online's digital staffers laid off  —  The popular entertainment and gossip website Radar Online was decimated by cutbacks within the parent company's digital operations that have left …
Discussion: @michellemanafy and @whatthebit
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Minute Media CRO says ~50% of its revenue, projected to be ~$200M this year, comes from its B2B business licensing tech to clients like USA Today and Billboard  —  Many digital publishers looking for alternative revenue streams to advertising turn to subscriptions and commerce.
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Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
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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
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
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
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