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9:10 AM ET, March 18, 2021


 Top News: 
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Substack Blog:
Substack shares details on its Pro program after criticism, saying 30+ writers with a “diverse set of viewpoints” have signed up, none of whom are anti-trans  —  In recent days, we've heard from some people who are concerned that we might have been using Substack Pro …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Interview with Kevin Mayer, passed over for a job as Disney CEO, then sidelined as TikTok CEO after Trump said he'd ban the app, on SPACs and pay TV's decline  —  - Kevin Mayer speaks about how he was disappointed when he didn't get the Disney CEO job and how he got railroaded by the Trump administration when at TikTok.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Quartz has turned one of its articles into an NFT, or nonfungible token, with bids ending at 8PM ET on March 21; proceeds go to IWMF's Lauren Brown Fellowship  —  Financial news site Quartz has turned one of its articles into an NFT, or nonfungible token.  —  Samanth Subramanian …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
AT&T says it will no longer exempt HBO Max from mobile data caps starting March 25, after a US court upheld CA's net neutrality law; change will apply beyond CA  —  - AT&T will no longer exempt viewing of its HBO Max streaming service from data caps after a federal court upheld California's …
Alex Kantrowitz / OneZero:
Q&A with Rest of World founder Sophie Schmidt and editor Louise Matsakis on training reporters around the world, covering non-Western tech, and more  —  Sophie Schmidt and Louise Matsakis tell Big Technology Podcast that North America and Europe must look outside to fix their problems inside
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Vox says podcast revenue doubled across its network, which has 200+ podcasts, in 2020, as it tests spinning off podcast episodes into standalone shows  —  Vox Media is testing out how one popular podcast can be an incubator for more audio shows not tied to the news.
Discussion: @jason_kint
Sam Thielman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Adbusters, a magazine of catchy font design that is synonymous with the early-2000s political left and the birthplace of Occupy Wall Street activism  —  On November 15, 2011, just outside a boarded-up vacant lot in Lower Manhattan, several NYPD officers held down a protester …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube rolls out Checks, a creator tool that scans videos ahead of uploading for copyrighted material; the system relies on YouTube's Content ID  —  Theoretically, Checks will help with demonetization issues  —  In an effort to make the process of uploading a video and receiving ad revenue easier …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
France says Apple's upcoming IDFA ad privacy changes are not abusive but will investigate if Apple has stricter rules for third-party apps than for its own apps  —  French competition authority says Apple's changes 'don't appear to be abusive'  —  France's competition regulator rejected …
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Analysis of New York Times' A/B tests of its headlines, which often use dramatic, emotionally charged language to boost engagement
Julia Ainsley / NBC News:
Sources: Biden administration is restricting the information Border Patrol can share with media about migrant surge at the southern border
Shirley Zhao / Bloomberg:
Sources: China told media to stagger Oscars telecast, after nomination of a HK protests documentary and concern over views of Best Director contender Chloe Zhao
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Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook unveils a policy on human rights standards and says it's starting a fund to pay for security and support for human rights activists and journalists
Discussion: The Verge and About Facebook
Adam Tinworth / One Man & His Blog:
The Telegraph's plan to reward journalists who attract and retain subscribers will not reward clickbait
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will begin testing its publishing platform, including website and newsletter tools, with a small group of writers, some of whom will be paid