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4:40 PM ET, February 1, 2021


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter restored the account of India's leading investigative magazine Caravan after six hours, telling officials that its tweets constituted free speech  —  The government order to block included a movie star, a political commentator, and a prominent magazine.  Their accounts have all been restored.
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
The New European, owned by Archant, has been bought by NYT's Mark Thompson, FT's Lionel Barber, and others; sources say owner Matt Kelly raised ~£750K  —  Weekly publication launched after 2016 referendum has been focal point for Brexit resistance  —  The New European …
Vanessa Thorpe / The Guardian:
Sources: Boris Johnson is preparing to announce former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre as chair of Ofcom, with a remit to target the BBC  —  For many who work in public service broadcasting, it is the nightmare that refuses to go away.  Could Paul Dacre, former editor of the Daily Mail …
Anna Fazackerley / The Guardian:
Librarians, academics, and students in the UK are accusing publishers of price gouging on academic ebooks, which can often cost 500% more than print versions  —  Call for inquiry into academic publishers as locked-down students unable to access study material online
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ finds that police across Russia assaulted at least 8 journalists and detained at least 49 journalists who were covering pro-Navalny protests on January 23  —  Russian authorities should allow journalists to cover protests freely and without fear, and refrain from attacking or detaining members …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook is testing a notification for Facebook and Instagram iOS app users globally that encourages opting in to tracking for a “better ads experience”  —  Facebook is testing a notification that notifies Apple iOS users about ways the tech giant uses their data to target personalized ads to them.
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
Broadcaster Gray Television acquires Quincy Media for $925M in cash, in a deal that will give it stations in 102 markets reaching over 25% of US TV households  —  Broadcaster Gray Television Monday has acquired smaller family-owned Quincy Media for $925 million in cash in a deal that will land …
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Apple acquires the film CODA at the 2021 virtual Sundance for a record-breaking $25M, above the $22.5M that Palm Springs received last year from Hulu  —  EXCLUSIVE: In the first big deal of the 2021 virtual Sundance Film Festival, Apple has landed worldwide rights to CODA, for a number just north of $25 million.
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK photographer arrested at his home after covering a protest at a COVID-hit asylum center says the case is worrying for press freedom in the country
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sources: Laurie Abraham, a senior editor at The Atlantic who commissioned Ruth Shalit Barrett's now-retracted article on niche sports, has left the magazine
Discussion: @alexanderrusso
Archie Bland / The Guardian:
Prince Harry settles a libel dispute against Associated Newspapers, which runs Mail on Sunday; the publisher has apologized and will pay “substantial damages”
Zeyi Yang / Protocol:
A look at Bilibili, the “YouTube for China”, as it balances competition and cooperation with Alibaba and Tencent, both of which invested in the video platform
 Earlier Picks: 
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
WWE's deal with Peacock is a sign that streaming will start to bundle like cable TV, as smaller services unable to grow audiences will sell to larger ones
Ray Schultz / MediaPost:
The Alliance for Audited Media launches an audit program for digital publishers to combat ad fraud, free to AAM clients through 2021
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Rick Davis, a CNN staffer since its launch 40 years ago and now executive vice president of news standards and practices, retires Jan. 31
Hamilton Nolan / Columbia Journalism Review:
Marty Baron earned respect in WaPo's newsroom, but events in the past year showed a need to nurture new voices that differ from the white DC media establishment

From Techmeme:

Terraform Labs and co-founder Do Kwon agree to pay $4.47B to resolve a US SEC lawsuit, after a jury in April found them liable for fraud following a civil trial

Sean Michael Kerner / VentureBeat:
Stability AI releases Stable Diffusion 3 Medium, intended to be a smaller yet capable model on consumer GPUs, with 2B parameters, compared to SD3 Large's 8B

Mariella Moon / Engadget:
X says Likes are now private for everyone, meaning users are no longer able to see who liked someone else's post

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