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8:25 PM ET, March 4, 2021


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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.
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Lachlan Murdoch says it is Fox News' job to be the loyal opposition to the Biden administration, as MSNBC was to Trump, and the stance will improve Fox ratings  —  Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch said Thursday it is the job of Fox News to serve as the opposition to the Biden administration …
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
At WSJ, managers push for more service-oriented articles and SEO-driven stories, causing some tension; EIC Matt Murray also wants more diversity in sourcing  —  - The Journal has pushed its staffers to produce more SEO-driven content to lure in new readers.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
The Podcast Academy announces nominees for its first annual awards show, the Ambies, originally called the Golden Mics, to be livestreamed May 16  —  The Podcast Academy, an industry association looking to establish the premiere awards program for the fast-growing world of podcasts, announced nominees for the first Ambies awards.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon might carry “a significant number” of Thursday night NFL games exclusively on Prime Video, with only teams' local markets also showing games
Hannah Stonebraker / The Impact Architects:
Knight Foundation and others commission a framework to assess the health of local news systems, find opportunities for strengthening it, and measure progress  —  Over the past year, with the support of Democracy Fund, the Google News Initiative, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation …
Gordon Russell / The Advocate:
Judge rules that Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who sued a reporter over her public records request, must turn over the relevant records  —  A Baton Rouge judge has ordered the release of public records related to a sexual harassment investigation of one of Louisiana Attorney General …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Susan Wojcicki says YouTube will lift the suspension on Trump's account when it determines “that the risk of violence has decreased”  —  - YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said Thursday that the platform will lift the suspension on former President Donald Trump's account once the risk of violence declines.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
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.  —  Paramount+, the latest entrant in the streaming wars, launches today …
Elizabeth Djinis / Poynter:
A look at local news on Substack, as journalists in Charlotte, NC, Sarasota, FL, and more find underserved niches and add competition for legacy news outlets  —  Tony Mecia was at a crossroads.  —  His job as a senior writer at The Weekly Standard was over — in December 2018, the publication announced its demise.
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Former and current employees of NBCUniversal's Golf Channel describe sexism, misogyny, and harassment at the network; the network disputes many of the claims  —  Lisa Cornwell was at her parents' house in Fayetteville, Ark., in January when she dialed into a popular golf podcast called “No Laying Up.”
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BuzzFeed News:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Gilad Edelman / Wired:
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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
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