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8:25 PM ET, February 1, 2021


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube hires Sony Pictures TV exec Craig Hunter as global head of preschool content for its originals team  —  YouTube tapped veteran executive Craig Hunter, most recently with Sony Pictures Television, as global head of preschool content for the internet platform's originals team.
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 …
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 …
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Steven Zhou / VICE:
Free copies of the Epoch Times appeared on Canadian doorsteps last month, leading to complaints as Canada Post suspends some carriers for refusing to deliver it
Discussion: @oneunderscore__
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”
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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