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12:05 PM ET, March 31, 2021


 Top News: 
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The Texas Tribune's editorial director, Stacy-Marie Ishmael, and chief product officer, Millie Tran, say they will leave next month, both citing an intense year  —  The Texas Tribune, a digital news outlet in Austin, is losing two of its leaders.  —  Stacy-Marie Ishmael, the editorial director …
Josh Taylor / The Guardian:
Facebook now lets users and pages turn off comments on their posts, after a 2019 Australian court ruling that news pubs are liable for comments on their pages  —  The new feature to limit comments comes after an Australian court ruling that found news outlets are liable for comments on their pages
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Linkedin launches a Creator mode, like its Influencer network but letting anyone be a creator, launches video Cover Stories, adds Service pages for freelancers  —  LinkedIn, the social network now with 740 million users around the world, has carved out an identity for itself as the place online …
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: Vice Media is in advanced talks to merge with 7GC, a SPAC led by tech investor Jack Leeney, after previous talks with Nine Media failed  —  Vice Media is in advanced talks to merge with 7GC & Co Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company led by tech investor Jack Leeney …
Discussion: @thesamparr
The State News Guild:
Journalists at McClatchy's The State move to form South Carolina's largest newspaper union, The State News Guild  —  On March 31 the journalists of The State newspaper moved to form South Carolina's largest newspaper union, The State News Guild.  —  “Our mission is to foster an environment …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Google says it will contribute €25M to the European Media and Information Fund, which was established last week to improve media literacy  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet unit Google will contribute 25 million euros ($29.3 million) to the newly set up European Media and Information Fund …
Discussion: The Keyword
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Sources: Fox Corp CEO and executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch has departed Los Angeles and moved back to Australia  —  Lachlan Murdoch, the Fox Corp. CEO and executive chairman, has departed Los Angeles and returned to Australia with his wife and children, according to three people with ties to the Murdoch family.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple leads $50M Series B in music distributor UnitedMasters, with a16z and Alphabet participating; UnitedMasters enters a strategic partnership with Apple  —  Independent music distribution platform and tool factory UnitedMasters has raised a $50M series B round led by Apple.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Spotify buys app developer Betty Labs, creator of Locker Room, a live social audio app where fans can talk about sports, which Spotify plans on expanding  —  The acquisition will allow creators of all kinds to host anything from debates to live concerts.
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Hollywood Reporter:
Univision reports Q4 revenue of $722.9M, up 4% YoY, and a loss of $39.1M, compared with a year-ago profit of $93.9M
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BBC's China correspondent John Sudworth has left the country and moved to Taiwan following pressure and threats from the Chinese authorities
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Time Out Media reports revenue of £9M in H2 2020, down 59% YoY, and a loss of £1.7M, vs. earnings of £675K in H2 2019; both digital and print ad revenue fell
High Country News:
Jennifer Sahn, formerly editor of Orion and executive editor at Pacific Standard, starts April 1 as new EIC of High Country News
Marcela García Globe / The Boston Globe:
By normalizing Trump's former senior adviser Stephen Miller, Politico and others are helping launder his white supremacist ideas into the mainstream
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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The broadcast of Derek Chauvin's trial, allowed due to intense interest and limited physical access due to COVID, reignites debate over cameras in the courtroom
Substack Blog:
Substack raises $65M Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Radio and podcasting company Entercom is rebranding itself to Audacy and retiring
Felicia Sonmez / @feliciasonmez:
Felicia Sonmez says she has been told by her editors that the Washington Post is rescinding its years-long ban on her from writing about sexual misconduct

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Report: alleged ringleader of the Scattered Spider hacking group was arrested in Spain; sources: the accused is a 22-year-old Scottish man named Tyler Buchanan

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's slow rollout of AI features, impressive visionOS 2 beta, plans for thinnest, lightest devices in tech, including a phone in the iPhone 17 line

Caroline O'Donovan / Washington Post:
Leaked documents reveal life-threatening issues at Amazon's primary-care service One Medical, raising concerns about Amazon's frugal approach to health care

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