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10:45 AM ET, February 17, 2021

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Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing has agreed to be acquired by Alden Global Capital in a $630M deal; Tribune will become a privately held company; Alden to sell Baltimore Sun  —  Tribune Publishing, publisher of the Chicago Tribune and other major newspapers, has agreed to be acquired by Alden Global Capital in a deal valued at $630 million.
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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  —  Returning The Baltimore Sun to Maryland hands, the state's largest newspaper and its affiliates will be acquired by a nonprofit formed …
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
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Zoe Samios / Sydney Morning Herald:
Sources: Google has agreed to pay Nine Entertainment, owner of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, more than $30M/year for news content in a 5-year deal  —  Google has agreed to pay Nine Entertainment Co more than $30 million in cash annually for the use of its news content …
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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Bloomberg:
YouTube says YouTube Kids app now has 35M weekly users and launches new tools for creators to make money from their fans, including an applause feature  —  - Company says feature called Shorts still in testing stage  — Google unit also introduces new revenue tools for creators
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Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
iHeartMedia to acquire Triton Digital, which provides audio advertising analytics and measurement services, from Scripps for $230M  —  Deal for audio advertising analytics and measurement services bolsters radio giant's bet on podcasting  —  iHeartMedia Inc. has agreed …
Cathy Applefeld Olson / Forbes:
20 music streaming services have paid $424M+ in historical unmatched royalties to Mechanical Licensing Collective; Apple paid $163M, Spotify $153M, Amazon $42M  —  The Mechanical Licensing Collective has received a total of $424.38 million in accrued historical unmatched royalties …
Vox Media:
Swati Sharma is named editor-in-chief of Vox, starting next month, taking over from Lauren Williams; Sharma is currently managing editor at The Atlantic  —  Melissa Bell, Co-Founder of Vox and Publisher of Vox Media, announced today Swati Sharma, Managing Editor at The Atlantic …
Nieman Lab:
Ideologically extreme members of the US House get more national cable and broadcast TV time than moderates do, helping stoke TV ratings and conflict  —  Committee assignments are normally a blessing for new House members.  But some of today's newer members, like freshmen Republican …
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Freelance journalist Theo Padnos publishes Blindfold, an account of the almost two years he spent captured by jihadi kidnappers in Syria  —  A Memoir of Capture, Torture, and Enlightenment  —  In the fall of 2012, Theo Padnos was down and out in Antakya.  An American freelance reporter …
 
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Gabby Shacknai / Forbes:
Q&A with Bon Appétit EIC Dawn Davis, appointed in August, on her plans for the outlet, including improving diversity and highlighting underrepresented voices
Greg Evans / Deadline:
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin announces she is leaving the network in April; she has been with the network since 2008
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Study: in Q3, non-US shows accounted for nearly 30% of demand in the US; UK, Japan, Canada, Korea, and India are the top five international markets in the US
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Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
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David Meyer / Fortune:
TikTok has been hit with a volley of complaints from Europe's consumer protection watchdogs over “misleading” privacy practices and “ambiguous” terms
Post and Courier:
South Carolina's Post and Courier launches Uncovered, a collaboration with community newspapers to expose corruption by local officials as news deserts expand