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1:30 PM ET, March 4, 2021


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NYT's David Brooks draws a salary for work on an Aspen Institute project funded by Facebook, Jeff Bezos' father, and others, without disclosure in his columns  —  New York Times columnist David Brooks is drawing a second salary for his work on an Aspen Institute project funded by Facebook …
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Mobile payments company Square is buying a “significant majority” stake in music streamer Tidal for $297M; Jay-Z and others bought Tidal in 2015 for $56M  —  What did Jay-Z and Jack Dorsey talk about when they went yachting around the Hamptons together last summer?  Perhaps only Beyoncé knows.
Sources: Amazon is in talks with the NFL to pay about $1B to be the exclusive producer of Thursday games starting in 2023  —  - Amazon is open to producing all Thursday night NFL games for its Prime Video streaming platform.  — Any such deal would kick off no sooner than 2023 and might also include the NFL Network.
Discussion: @sherman4949 and @sherman4949
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Julia Alexander / Musings on Mouse:
A deep look at changes in theatrical windowing for movies and the revenue calculations media companies make as they try to build their streaming subscribers  —  The theatrical window is dead.  Long live the theatrical window.  —  On February 24th, ViacomCBS became the latest company …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Sinclair Broadcast Group says it will cut its workforce by about 5%, which would affect about 460 people across the company, citing the impact of the pandemic  —  (CNN Business)Citing the coronavirus pandemic, the Sinclair Broadcast Group said on Wednesday that it will reduce its workforce …
Antenna: in Jan. US consumers subscribed to 1.5 streaming services; Netflix had the highest retention rate and its users were least likely to have another sub  —  Three charts that explain the streaming wars.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  Paramount+, the latest entrant in the streaming wars …
Discussion: @ranimolla
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Sources: Microsoft president Brad Smith will testify before a House antitrust subcommittee hearing next Friday about tech antitrust and the news media  —  Microsoft president Brad Smith will testify before a House antitrust subcommittee hearing next Friday about tech antitrust and the news media …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Netflix plans to release 41 Indian films and shows this year, spending three times more on the Indian catalog this year than the past two years combined  —  Netflix said on Wednesday it will roll out 41 Indian films and shows this year, its biggest annual roster of Indian content to date …
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Gannett says it has reached a deal with Snap to offer Snapchat ads to its more than 100K local business clients  —  Gannett said Thursday it has reached a deal with the owner of Snapchat to sell advertisements on the social messaging app.  —  Gannett, which owns USA TODAY and more than 250 …
Discussion: Adweek and @geekychic
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Study: far-right pubs get 65% more engagement on Facebook when they publish fake news; liberal and centrist pubs get less engagement if they publish misinfo  —  Far-right pages that publish misinformation get the most interactions by far compared to other news sources, new research shows.
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Ken Klippenstein / The Intercept:
DOJ document: the Trump administration referred a record number of leaks for criminal investigation in a crackdown meant to instill fear of talking to the press
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook says that on Thursday it will lift the ban on political and social issue ads in the US, imposed after the November election
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Facebook exec explains why the company didn't secure rights to extend live sports deals like NFL this year, promoting a free-to-air distribution model instead
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix launches Fast Laughs, a TikTok-like feed in its mobile apps that presents a string of comedy clips from its stand-up specials, TV series, and movies
Samantha Hissong / Rolling Stone:
Kings of Leon to be one of the first bands to debut an album as part of an NFT package, with tokens unlocking perks like limited-edition vinyl and concert seats
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Former Disney exec Kevin Mayer named chairman of sport streaming service DAZN, replacing ex-ESPN president John Skipper
Dustin Jones / NPR:
Six journalists in Myanmar including AP reporter Thein Zaw have been charged under a public order law for covering protests and could face three years in prison