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3:25 PM ET, February 17, 2021


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William Easton / About Facebook:
Facebook will “restrict publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content”, in response to proposed media law  —  In response to Australia's proposed new Media Bargaining law, Facebook will restrict publishers and people in Australia …
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
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
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 …
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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.
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 …
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN nullified its rule that prevented Chris Cuomo from covering Andrew Cuomo when the Gov. was flying high, only to invoke it during the nursing home scandal  —  On his Monday night CNN program, host Chris Cuomo provided an update on the biggest story of the past year.
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 …
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.
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Tucker Carlson will develop two new projects for Fox Nation streaming service, including a video podcast and “in-depth specials” called Tucker Carlson Originals  —  The anchor will host a video podcast for Fox Nation, and will host a series of “in-depth specials” called Tucker Carlson Originals.
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 …
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New York Times:
Indian court clears journalist Priya Ramani of defamation after she made sexual harassment accusations against M.J. Akbar, the ex-EIC of Asian Age
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
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: former Disney and TikTok exec Kevin Mayer is exploring a deal to roll up several independent media companies, with Blackstone financing the effort
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Greg Evans / Deadline:
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin announces she is leaving the network in April; she has been with the network since 2008
Max Willens / Digiday:
Forbes quietly launched its first-party data platform ForbesOne in 2020, which it says it can be used to reach about 40% of its audience