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4:05 PM ET, February 2, 2021


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Henry Blodget says Business Insider is folding into the Insider brand, as Insider expands globally and into new verticals beyond business and tech  —  Beginning Tuesday, Business Insider's logo will no longer appear on's website, the publication's CEO and founder Henry Blodget tells Axios.
The COVID Tracking Project:
The COVID Tracking Project, founded by three journalists and supported by The Atlantic, says it will issue its final update on March 7 and close in May  —  After a year of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting COVID-19 data for the United States, we're ending our data compilation work in early March.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Elon Musk's Clubhouse appearance was a kind of test case for a16z's media ambitions and showed how the app could work as the audio version of Medium  —  I. Andreessen Horowitz and the backdoor pilot  —  Hey, did you hear Elon Musk went on Clubhouse?  —  The media and venture capital worlds …
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Political reporters need to be rebranded as government reporters, covering problems and those trying to solve them instead of who is winning messaging wars  —  The newly announced resignation of Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron, the abrupt stepping-down of Los Angeles Times …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Survey: 42% of Americans trust journalists more if they keep their views private; 36% trust them more if they are “open and honest” on social media about views
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Myanmar's military taking control of the country through a coup and restricting internet access threatens an already-fragile free press  —  Yesterday—after a decade of democratic transition, five years of elected government, and several days of threats, apparent walkbacks, and rumors …
John McCarthy / The Drum:
Flipboard CEO Mike McCue says the service “put journalists in charge” of its algorithms to fight misinfo and calls Apple News a black box with no audience data  —  Flipboard, the media curation app that organizes news into a magazine format, has long balanced algorithms and human curation.
Discussion: @johngeemccarthy
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
MSNBC president unveils an internal structure emphasizing the difference between news and perspective/analysis, will hire a head of documentary acquisitions  —  Rashida Jones, who took the helm of MSNBC on Monday, unveiled a new organizational structure that puts greater emphasis …
Discussion: @richardwolffedc
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Dan Abrams says Law&Crime Network had $13M revenue in 2020, up from $3M in 2019, was profitable for the first time, and is planning to expand to more countries  —  Law&Crime Network, the media company owned by entrepreneur Dan Abrams, brought in more than $13 million in revenue last year, up from less than $3 million in 2019.
Discussion: @sarafischer
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
Around 80 journalists were arrested in Russia over the weekend amid continued pro-Navalny demonstrations, according to PEN America citing local media reports  —  Around 80 journalists were arrested in Russia over the weekend amid continued protests against the detainment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny …
Supantha Mukherjee / Reuters:
Spotify launches in South Korea, the world's sixth biggest music market  —  STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Spotify Technology SA on Tuesday made a long-awaited debut in South Korea, the sixth largest music market in the world and home to the K-pop music genre.  —  The Swedish music streaming giant …
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Univision joins Project OAR, the media consortium working on an open standard for addressable advertising for TV  —  Univision has joined Project OAR, the media consortium focused on addressable advertising for TV.  —  Univision will serve as a member of the group's steering committee …
Discussion: Radio & Television … and Ad Age
Matthew Walther / The Week:
The future of GOP belongs to “Barstool conservatives”, as Dave Portnoy emerges as one of the most visible critics of lockdown policies in the US  —  Over the coming months, hundreds of thousands of words will be written about Donald Trump's presidency and the future of the Republican Party.
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Wikimedia begins work on implementing its first global code of conduct, which addresses harassment, the introduction of false or biased information, and more  —  (Reuters) - The foundation that operates Wikipedia will launch its first global code of conduct on Tuesday, seeking to address criticism …
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Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
TikTok signs deal with media holding company WPP, allowing the latter's advertisers to have early access to TikTok's advertising products in development
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube hires Sony Pictures TV exec Craig Hunter as global head of preschool content for its originals team
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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
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”
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