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2:55 AM ET, February 18, 2021

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William Easton / About Facebook:
Ahead of proposed media law, Facebook says it's banning Australians from sharing/viewing news and all users from sharing from and viewing Australian news Pages  —  In response to Australia's proposed new Media Bargaining law, Facebook will restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing …
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Campbell Brown / Facebook:
Facebook News Partnerships VP: Australia's planned law “fails to recognize ... the fundamental nature of the relationship between our platform and publishers”  —  Today we made an incredibly difficult decision to restrict the availability of news on Facebook in Australia.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Banning Australian news makes sense for Facebook and may prompt people to visit news sites directly; Google's payoffs, though, will invite global shakedowns  —  Yesterday, I wrote that Australia's News Media Bargaining Code threatened to splinter the internet.
Reuters and Associated Press:
Facebook says it generated ~5.1B free referrals to Australian publishers worth ~AU$407M last year, as Australia's Media Bargaining law passes the House  —  - Facebook will no longer allow people in Australia to read or share news  — The move is a response to the country's proposed Media Bargaining law
Nicholas McElroy / ABC:
Australian authorities in public health, weather, and other areas say Facebook has removed posts from their feeds following Facebook's news ban
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News Corp:
News Corp announces a multi-year, global partnership with Google to provide content from its news sites “in return for significant payments by Google”  —  Long-term Deal Involves Payment For Premium Content For Google News Showcase;  —  Will Yield Substantial Benefits For Journalism And Society
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Rush Limbaugh has died at the age of 70 after a battle with lung cancer  —  Limbaugh's death, following Stage IV lung cancer diagnosis, announced by family  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for February 17  —  Rush Limbaugh, the monumentally influential media icon who transformed talk radio …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Alden's audacious lie that it ensures “sustainability of robust local journalism” is evidence of its unsuitability as a newspaper owner  —  When Alden Global Capital announced Tuesday that it was positioned to buy the Chicago Tribune and several other major newspapers, its statement might have sounded promising.
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Profile of Stewart Bainum, who set up a nonprofit to buy The Baltimore Sun; filing shows price of $65M for The Sun and other papers under nonbinding term sheet  —  Stewart Bainum, a hotel magnate and former politician, has swooped in with a plan to run it and other papers in Maryland as part of a nonprofit.
Christopher Dinsmore / Baltimore Sun:
A nonprofit formed by Stewart Bainum Jr., Sunlight for All Institute, is set to acquire The Baltimore Sun, The Capital Gazette, and several other area outlets
ProPublica:
ProPublica says Richard Tofel, its founding general manager and president since 2013, will retire from the company when a successor is found  —  ProPublica announced today that Richard Tofel, its founding general manager and president since 2013, will retire from the company when a successor is in place …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
YouTube says it will expand Shorts, its TikTok rival in beta in India, to the US in coming weeks, announces plans for 2021 including expanding in-video shopping  —  YouTube has a host of big product updates coming this year, and it just detailed a lot of them in a blog post from Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan.
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Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
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