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9:35 PM ET, March 1, 2021

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Donald G. McNeil Jr / Medium:
Donald McNeil writes a four-part rebuttal to the allegations against him, says what happened to him is “a series of misunderstandings and blunders”  —  On February 5 this year, one week after an article about me appeared in the Daily Beast, The New York Times announced that I would be leaving.
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
At the Golden Globes, celebs including host Tina Fey point out that none of the ~90 journalists comprising the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are Black  —  It's not uncommon for awards winners to get political in their speeches, but this year a lot of presenters and winners took swipes …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram launches Live Rooms for live broadcasts with up to four creators, up from two, and says it will roll out new audio features in coming months  —  Instagram today announced it's adding a much-requested feature to its app with the launch of “Live Rooms,” which allow up to four people to broadcast live together at the same time.
Fred Ryan / Washington Post:
Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan calls on Biden to honor his campaign promise to hold MbS accountable and not give him a “one free murder” pass  —  Opinion by Fred Ryan  —  Fred Ryan is the publisher of The Washington Post.  —  President Biden is facing …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku says it's acquiring Nielsen's Advanced Video Advertising business, positioning itself to offer a fully addressable advertising solution for TV programmers  —  Under the agreement, announced Monday, Roku will obtain Nielsen's video automatic content recognition (ACR) technology and dynamic ad insertion …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Profile of Discovery+, which has hit 12M paid subscriptions globally and offers a reality TV-focused catalog with 55K episodes, rivaling Netflix in sheer volume  —  Discovery's new app has taken off largely because viewers love watching people fix houses, tour diners and bicker about their relationships.
Charles Riley / CNN:
Axel Springer says it won't join Facebook News when it launches in Germany in May, due to “inappropriately low remuneration” offered for journalistic content  —  London (CNN Business)Facebook is launching its news product in Germany without media giant Axel Springer …
Financial Times:
A look at the coming succession battle at News Corp as Rupert Murdoch turns 90 and sources say James hopes to coordinate with his sisters to reset Fox News  —  By his own reckoning, Rupert Murdoch was supposed to die a fortnight ago, on a Tuesday afternoon.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
How Marty Baron and Jeff Bezos remade The Washington Post from a paper “for Washingtonians” into a global publication with almost 3M digital subscribers  —  The celebrated editor is ending his tenure at the helm of a very different newspaper than the one he originally signed on to run.
Alison Bethel McKenzie / Report for America:
A look at the role of Black media in local communities, its slow shift to digital, and the impact of the racial reckoning, which has led to increased funding  —  On Canyon Crest Drive in Riverside, California, sits Jammin' Bakery and Café, a sandwich shop that recently closed.
 
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Kate Kaye / Digiday:
As Google starts news partnership talks in the US, its VP of news says publishers don't want collective bargaining; USA Today and other publishers disagree
Mark Jacob / Local News Initiative:
Analysis of 45 local news outlets: 49% of digital subscribers didn't visit the website even once a month while 54% visited it just one day a month or fewer
Rhian Daly / NME:
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The person behind “Your Fave Is Problematic” Tumblr blog, which listed regrettable actions by celebrities, says she looks back on her blog with shame and regret