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1:55 PM ET, March 12, 2021


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Archie Bland / The Guardian:
Emails: BuzzFeed is shutting down HuffPost UK's news operation and video desk, except for its politics team, affecting 16 of 29 journalists  —  Exclusive: Owner BuzzFeed's move leaves more than half of editorial staff at risk  —  BuzzFeed has told the UK staff of its recently acquired HuffPost website …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
As House holds hearing on tech and news, Microsoft accuses Google of making publishers depend on it and Google claims Microsoft just wants to undercut a rival  —  - Microsoft and Google sparred over their practices and treatment of news outlets in a battle between antitrust targets of past and present.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Netflix is running a test cracking down on password sharing, prompting some users to get their own account if they don't live with the owner of the account  —  Earlier this week, some Netflix subscribers began to notice that it might be a bit harder to “borrow” someone's password.
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
In a letter to GOP Senators, Amazon says it removed a book because of its policy not to sell books that frame LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness  —  Company states policy in response to inquiry by several Republican senators over recent removal of book by conservative author
Dan Abrams / Mediaite:
Media and politics news site Mediaite is launching a paywall that allows ten free articles per month; subscriptions will cost $4.99 per month or $44.99 per year  —  As you may know, Mediaite is one of the few major websites in the country that is personally funded (and not by a wildly wealthy banker …
Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
Google is further integrating the Publisher Provided Identifier into its Ad Manager, aiding publishers' first-party tracking in lieu of third-party cookies  —  The PPID's technical setup works like this: the publisher will create a unique ID for users, based on a first-party cookie or a log-in ID.
Mia Jankowicz / Business Insider:
Fox News added a Tucker Carlson reaction cam to its broadcast of Biden's address last night, another move that signals the infusion of opinion into news  —  - Fox News aired a “live Tucker reaction” box during Biden's prime-time speech on Thursday.  — The box showed the host Tucker Carlson's facial reactions in real time.
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Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy:
In memo, Jeff Zucker says CNN is targeting an August 1 return to Atlanta offices and September 1 for NYC, DC, SF, and LA  —  In note to staff, CNN President Jeff Zucker announces plans for staff returning to the office. “In Atlanta, we are targeting an AUGUST 1 return for our News and Sports colleagues. In New York, DC, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, we are targeting SEPTEMBER 1.”
Hannah Farrow / Local News Initiative:
A look at monetization strategies that Gannett is experimenting with, including dynamic paywalls, changing the size of its metered paywalls, and premium content  —  News Outlets Apologize Less and Innovate More, With a ‘Freemium’ Model and Dynamic Paywalls  —  Gannett's Amalie Nash is tired …
Jake Kanter / Deadline:
Daily Mail owner demands ViacomCBS remove images of its headlines, which were “taken out of context or deliberately edited”, from Meghan and Harry interview  —  Associated Newspapers, the owner of UK tabloid the Daily Mail, has written to ViacomCBS demanding the removal of …
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Kerry Flynn / CNN:
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