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5:20 PM ET, February 19, 2021

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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Patrick Soon-Shiong is exploring a sale of LA Times and considered transferring management of The San Diego Union-Tribune to Alden's MediaNews Group  —  Patrick Soon-Shiong seeks exit after less than three years at the helm, as losses mount  —  Billionaire biotech investor Patrick Soon-Shiong …
Sheldon Chanel / The Guardian:
Facebook's Australia ban is acute for people in places like Fiji, who rely on phone plans with cheap Facebook access as going to news websites costs more data  —  Media experts fear that communities reliant on the site for information will suffer significant impact
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Jason Scott / Bloomberg:
Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says he will hold talks with Zuckerberg to “see if there's a pathway forward”, but says news legislation will go ahead  —  - ‘The world is watching us very closely,’ says Treasurer  — News content law expected to pass through parliament next week
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Facebook's refusal to pay a misguided media tax, pushed by Rupert Murdoch, is a defense of the open web and criticizing it for rejecting a link tax is bizarre
Daniel Hurst / The Guardian:
In a media diversity hearing, ex-PM Kevin Rudd said that Australian politicians are afraid of Murdoch media; a News Corp exec dismissed Rudd's claims
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
Alex Mahadevan / Poynter:
An early analysis of Birdwatch, Twitter's crowdsourced fact-checking pilot with about 1,000 users, shows partisan rhetoric and a lack of source citations
Denise Petski / Deadline:
Insider, formerly BI, Mark Wahlberg's Unrealistic Ideas, and Assemble Media are producing a docuseries about the rise and fall of MoviePass  —  EXCLUSIVE: Mark Wahlberg's Unrealistic Ideas, the company behind HBO's Emmy-nominated McMillions, is taking another deep dive into the absurdities …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Sweden-based podcast host and ad network Acast says it is acquiring RadioPublic; RadioPublic's podcast app will remain live and its team will stay in the US  —  It already claims to be the biggest everywhere else  —  Acast, a podcast host and ad network, is looking to improve its tech and broaden its reach.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Column, a startup that charges a small fee to process the placement of public notices, has partnered with McClatchy, Wick Communications, and Ogden Newspapers  —  Five months after launching with the goal of modernizing public notices in newspapers, the startup Column has formed partnerships with McClatchy …
Discussion: @columnpbc and @jakeseaton0
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: Meredith, which sold Time to the Benioffs, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to try to stop Time from moving its bookazines from Meredith to Bauer  —  Print magazines may be a struggling business, but a recent cease-and-desist aimed at Time magazine suggests the business of churning …
Discussion: MediaPost
Sara Luterman / Nieman Reports:
Disabled people are poorly represented in newsrooms and lack resources, like formal talent pipelines, leading to lower quality coverage of disability  —  Disabled people make up 20% of the U.S. population but take up little space on mastheads and in coverage.  Why?  —  ARTICLE BY
Discussion: National Center …
 
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Eugene Volokh / Reason:
A court has dismissed Rep. Devin Nunes' libel lawsuit against CNN, citing California law that requires a request for a correction within 20 days
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Wall Street Journal:
In a court brief, Quibi attorneys say Elliott Management founder Paul Singer appears to have personal ties that prompted it to finance a patent suit by Eko
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
YouTube removed a PewDiePie video critical of Cocomelon, its most-watched children's channel; PewDiePie has aimed at channels that threatened his high rank
David Folkenflik / @davidfolkenflik:
[Thread] In audio obtained by NPR, Chicago Tribune EIC Colin McMahon told staffers that Trib papers make 10-13% profit now and new owner Alden will seek 20%+
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Google adds the Apple TV app to its newest Chromecast device with Google TV and has made it available on Sony and TCL smart TVs that Google TV
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Court filing says a Facebook manager warned that the company reported revenues it “should have never made” by overstating how many users advertisers could reach
Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
Reply All's P.J. Vogt is leaving the show and Sruthi Pinnamaneni is stepping back from its series on Bon Appétit after staffer said they created a toxic dynamic