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1:20 PM ET, February 23, 2021

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Australia says Facebook agreed to reinstate news content in Australia in the coming days after the government promised amendments to its proposed media bill  —  We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn, and work.
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Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Al Jazeera is launching Rightly, a digital media channel led by Fox News Veteran Scott Norvell, for those who “feel left out of conservative media”  —  Rightly will be led by a former Fox News journalist and is aimed at Republicans who ‘feel left out of conservative media’
Emma Pinedo / Reuters:
Sources: Google is negotiating individual licensing deals with media outlets in Spain that may allow Google News to resume there after shutting down in 2014  —  (This Feb. 22 story corrects to clarify Google's position, paragraph 5)  —  MADRID (Reuters) - Alphabet's Google …
Kelsey McKinney / Defector:
Internal memo: Slate indefinitely suspended The Gist host Mike Pesca over a Slack discussion; sources: he argued for the use of the N-word in some cases  —  Mike Pesca, host of Slate's daily podcast, The Gist, has been suspended from the company indefinitely according to an internal memo sent …
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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Star, a new section on Disney+ for international customers that offers content Disney places on Hulu in the US, launches today  —  Here's why US customers still have to pay for Hulu  —  Today marks the launch of Star.  It's a new section of Disney Plus for international audiences …
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Movie theaters in New York City can reopen on March 5 at 25% capacity with health protocols including air filtration, mandatory masks, and social distancing  —  UPDATE AFTER EXCLUSIVE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said movie theaters in New York City will be brought into line …
Reuters:
Police in India questioned Amazon India's head of original content for Prime Video over allegations that its show Tandav hurt religious sentiments  —  LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - Indian police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh questioned a top Amazon executive for nearly four hours …
Paul Farhi / @farhip:
WaPo names managing editor Cameron Barr as acting executive editor while the paper searches for a successor to Marty Baron, who steps down on February 28  —  Some internal news: @washingtonpost publisher Fred Ryan has named managing editor Cameron Barr to serve as acting executive editor while the search for a permanent successor to editor Marty Baron continues, Ryan said in a staff memo today. Marty's last day as editor is Feb. 28.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Rob Barrett is named president of media at Maven, where he will run Sports Illustrated and The Street; Barrett was previously president of digital at Hearst  —  Maven Media, which runs the publishing businesses of Sports Illustrated and TheStreet, has tapped digital-media veteran Rob Barrett as president of media.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Q&A with Spotify's Daniel Ek on growing the number of creators on the service and engaging with them, podcast success metrics, Clubhouse, and more  —  Spotify hosted an event on Monday to discuss its ambitions in audio, and one message came through loud and clear: the company wants to play …
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Spotify launches Renegades: Born in the USA, an exclusive, eight-episode podcast with Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen as co-hosts  —  Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are making a podcast.  —  Spotify on Monday announced the launch of “Renegades: Born in the USA,” …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify says it will test paid podcast subscriptions in the US this spring through a new feature in Anchor
Discussion: Matt on Audio and Spotify
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Spotify says it will launch a subscription later this year called HiFi that will offer “CD-quality, lossless audio”; Spotify currently tops out at 320kbps audio
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Independent had an operating profit £2.7M, up 18% YoY, on revenue of £30.3M, up 12% YoY; majority of readers are in the US, but UK makes up 50% of revenue  —  Financial results at The Independent for 2020 show Covid-19 has not stopped it achieving a fourth year in profit since going digital-only.
 
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Following Warner Bros., Hollywood studios are increasingly concealing their box office grosses, citing hybrid releases due to theater closures
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NYT: Maggie Haberman will take on a new beat and join Washington bureau's investigative/enterprise team and still track the post-Trump scene with Politics desk