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7:20 PM ET, February 23, 2021

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ABC:
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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Simon Wilkie / The Conversation:
Australia's news media code debate has mostly focused on large media players, but the attention should be on protecting the sustainability of small publishers
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’
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The Information:
Source: ~40%, or 40M, of Disney+ subscribers are in the US, and Disney has said 30% are in India, so Europe and LatAm seem to make up less than a third of subs  —  Disney's flagship video-streaming service, Disney+, has quickly emerged as the only true competitor to Netflix …
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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
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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 …
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
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 …
Discussion: @adityakalra
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 …
Salma Abdelaziz / CNN:
Rights groups call for the release of Yemeni journalist Adel al-Hasani, who has worked for CNN and has been detained since September  —  Yemeni journalist Adel al-Hasani with his two young sons.  He was detained at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Aden last September.
Discussion: @clarissaward
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCU says it will stop selling local commercials based on traditional TV ratings and shift transactions to impression-based deals in April  —  One of the nation's most prominent TV companies intends to — finally — stop selling local commercials based on long-used TV ratings.
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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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
 
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Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Black News Channel, largely backed by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, has boosted its potential audience to 52M+ households from about 2.5M in July 2020
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
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
Liz Pelly / Real Life:
Issues with streaming and its distribution of royalties could be resolved with a federal, taxpayer-funded music streaming service, an “American Music Library”
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Sean Highkin / Bleacher Report:
A look at NBA Top Shot, a marketplace for NBA video highlights, that has over 50,000 users with sales of $60M+ since launching a public beta in October
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
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Networks like ABC, CBS, and NBC, sticking to “both sides-ism”, still let GOP leaders spread the “Big Lie” that Trump won the election with little or no pushback
The New York Times Company:
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