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6:15 PM ET, February 26, 2021

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CNBC:
Newly released CIA-led intelligence report concludes Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi  —  - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, a U.S. intelligence report says.
BuzzFeed News:
NYT columnist David Brooks wrote a 900-word ode to Facebook Groups on Facebook's corporate website and appeared in a company video; NYT says it was not aware  —  On Tuesday, New York Times columnist David Brooks published a 900-word ode to Facebook Groups and how they foster online communities around the world.
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix shares USC report on its onscreen and offscreen representation and commits to spending $100M over five years on underrepresented groups in film and TV  —  Netflix received broadly high marks for diversity and inclusion in its movies and TV shows when it came to gender and people of color …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Twitter's Super Follows could lead to chaos in newsrooms around the world as they change the economics of journalism, already brittle due to Substack, for good  —  Will Super Follows shake up the media industry?  —  16 hr ago  —  Today let's talk about Twitter's move into subscriptions …
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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
John Ourand / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: Disney and the NFL reach a broad media rights agreement, with ESPN renewing Monday Night Football; the NFL already reached deals with CBS, Fox, and NBC  —  Disney and the NFL have reached a broad agreement on a new media rights deal that will see ESPN renew “MNF” …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sources: the White House Correspondents' Association has objected to a proposal to charge $170 per coronavirus test for journalists entering WH grounds  —  Reporters who cover the White House may soon be paying what amounts to an admission fee to do their jobs.
Angela Fu / Poynter:
The States Newsroom, a nonprofit network of 20 outlets focused on statehouse coverage, is launching a free syndication service and five new outlets this year  —  States Newsroom, a network of outlets focused on statehouse coverage, has rapidly expanded since its launch in 2017
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
AMC Networks had Q4 net income of $94.7M, up from $8.58M a year ago, on revenue of $780.3M, and says it has 6M+ subscribers to its various streaming services  —  AMC Networks said it swung to a profit in the fourth quarter despite a decline in revenue as it narrowed losses in its international …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
The use of “+” to name on-demand services was fine when streaming was new but has become a cliché and a minus  —  An idea that seemed like a real plus when streaming was newer has fallen into cliché.  —  First there was e.  —  Then came i.  —  Now it's +.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Wynn Resorts invests $3.5M in sports podcasting network Blue Wire to help promote sports betting business WynnBet, and will build a podcast studio in Las Vegas  —  Podcast network Blue Wire will promote WynnBet, a sports betting subsidiary of Wynn Resorts  —  Podcast studios are now a Las Vegas attraction.
 
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