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8:40 PM ET, February 25, 2021

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitter announces Super Follow feature to let users charge for tweets, and a Communities feature to let users create and join groups based on specific interests  —  It's also planning a groups feature  —  Twitter announced a pair of big upcoming features today: the ability for users to charge …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
AT&T and PE firm TPG reach a deal to make DirecTV a standalone company with TPG owning 30%; the deal is valued at $16.25B, includes DirecTV, AT&T TV, U-verse  —  The sides have been in talks for months as AT&T has sought to find a solution to the problem of DirecTV's subscriber losses dragging …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Insider increases the minimum salary for full-time employees to $60K, increases minimum severance to two months and converts bonus compensation to salary  —  Insider is increasing the minimum salary of its full-time employees to $60,000 and improving other benefits, according to an internal memo distributed Thursday.
New York Times:
In a two-minute message, Reply All co-founder and host Alex Goldman says the Test Kitchen series about Bon Appetit is cancelled and the show is on pause  —  A co-host and a senior reporter also left the podcast, after accusations that they worked against union efforts that many employees of color saw as necessary to increase diversity.
Joseph Choi / The Hill:
WaPo national editor denounces “racist, sexist, and ill-informed attacks” on reporter Seung Min Kim after she showed a Neera Tanden tweet to Sen. Lisa Murkowski  —  The Washington Post on Thursday denounced online abuse that targeted one of its reporters after a photo of her speaking …
Michael Safi / The Guardian:
Open letter signed by more than 100 Al Jazeera staff says Rightly, its new rightwing digital channel, betrays the outlet's journalism and tarnishes the brand  —  Open letter says the launch of online outlet ‘Rightly’ is ‘an affront’ to the network's journalistic vision
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
A deep look at the effects of the Penguin Random House bid for Simon & Schuster on the book industry, particularly for authors seeking book deals  —  The merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster has the potential to touch every part of the industry, including how much authors get paid and how bookstores are run.
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Lila Shapiro / New York Magazine:   Interviews with nine publishing execs and editors of color, hired after the industry's reckoning provoked by #PublishingPaidMe, on their hopes and fears
NBC News:
Sources: Biden administration will release an intelligence report that concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the killing of Jamal Khashoggi  —  The Biden administration will release an intelligence report Thursday that concludes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved …
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Alex Marquardt / CNN:
Court documents show the jets used by the killers of Jamal Khashoggi were owned by a company that had been seized about a year prior by Mohammed bin Salman
Wall Street Journal:
Netflix to invest $500M on movies and TV shows in 2021 in South Korea, where it has 3.5M subscribers, after spending $700M in the country between 2015 and 2020  —  Streaming giant to spend $500 million on South Korean films and television shows, as competition for global viewers heats up
Sara Fischer / Axios:
TheSkimm launches SkimmU, a set of free virtual finance courses for women, joining WWD and Axios in creating online courses for readers  —  TheSkimm, a digital media company catering to millennial women, plans to launch SkimmU, a set of free virtual courses designed to help women take control of their finances.
Christopher Warren / Crikey:
Amendments to Australia's media bargaining code will strengthen big tech and old media, with ~90% of Google money going to News Corp, Seven West Media, and Nine  —  The free money isn't enough to hurt the increasing revenues of big tech, but it is enough to hurt Australian journalism.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Bill Nye to appeal ruling that lets Disney classify revenue from distribution of older shows as “home video”, allowing it to keep 80% of that revenue  —  For years, Disney has been keeping 80% of the revenue from older shows that it distributes to streaming platforms …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount+ details: ad-supported tier at $5/mo has NFL games, CBSN, thousands of shows; ad-free tier at $10/mo adds live local news, more sports, live CBS shows  —  The rebranded, revamped and supercharged CBS All Access will launch on March 4.  —  For more than 100 years …
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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Paramount shortens the time between theatrical and streaming releases to 45 days for some films, including Mission: Impossible 7 and Paw Patrol: The Movie
Bill Keveney / USA Today:
At a House subcommittee hearing on media disinfo, TV host Soledad O'Brien urged news outlets to stop platforming lies: “do not book people to lie on your show”  —  A House subcommittee hearing Wednesday on media disinformation, especially in cable news, broke down predictably along partisan lines.
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Exit interview with retiring WaPo Executive Editor Marty Barton, on Trump, diversity in newsrooms, the Snowden leaks, and the future of newspapers
Anika Anand / LION Publishers:
LION launches a fellowship which will disburse $1M over two years to member organizations that apply to fund hiring staff whose focus will be revenue generation
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Megan Graham / CNBC:
Facebook launches a TV, radio, and digital ad campaign in support of personalized ads called Good Ideas Deserve to be Found, ahead of Apple's IDFA changes
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Washington Post led all news organizations at the Polk Awards with four prizes; half of all Polk Awards were for reporting related to the pandemic
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Sources: the founder of Acronym, which backs Courier Newsroom, wants to raise $65M to push progressive local news and match the dominance of conservative media