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8:15 AM ET, April 1, 2021


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Netflix is paying $450M for the rights to Knives Out 2 and Knives Out 3, the follow-ups to the 2019 mystery with director Rian Johnson and star Daniel Craig  —  Netflix is plunking down an astounding $450 million for the rights to “Knives Out 2” and “Knives Out 3,” the next two follow-ups to the 2019 murder mystery.
Lyz / Men Yell at Me:
A nuanced conversation with Talia Lavin about the emotional toll of online harassment, and how journalists can try to keep themselves and their families safer  —  The first time the online mob came for me was in 2016.  I was live-tweeting my caucus experience, which I was writing about for VICE …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook says a now-removed interview with Trump posted by daughter-in-law Lara Trump falls under its ban as it spoke “in the voice of President Trump”  —  Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump promoted a new interview with the former president on Facebook and Instagram Tuesday …
Josh Taylor / The Guardian:
Facebook now lets users and Pages limit comments on posts, after a 2019 Australian court ruling that news outlets 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
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Three video creators say Facebook underpaid them by thousands in ad revenue after it updated monetization tools in January; Facebook blames a “technical issue”  —  Britain Lockhart never knows what he'll find when he scuba dives for treasure.  Neither do his viewers on Facebook who tune in for a surprise reveal.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Comcast's NBCUniversal is considering pulling its movies from HBO Max and Netflix and keeping future releases for Peacock  —  Media giant's NBCUniversal division wants to boost its own streaming service, Peacock  —  Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal is considering pulling its movies …
Sylvia Varnham O'Regan / The Information:
Gupta Media: Facebook ad prices, measured in cost per thousand impressions, rebounded from a $1 monthly average last spring to almost $5 in November  —  With consumers glued to phones and laptops, the year of pandemic shut-ins ended up being great for the biggest digital advertising businesses …
Nandini Jammi / BRANDED:
How brands like GoDaddy and GoodRx appeared on Steve Bannon's new outlet, illustrating that the way people think about brand safety has outlived its usefulness  —  Here's what's new with us:  — We were interviewed by  —  Claire was quoted for a piece on publisher branding in AdWeek
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Ex-government analyst Daniel Hale, charged with leaking drone warfare info to a reporter apparently at The Intercept, pleads guilty to violating Espionage Act  —  A former intelligence analyst leaked classified information about drone warfare to a journalist and wrote anonymously …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Entertainment group Endeavor, parent of WME and UFC, has filed its prospectus for a possible IPO, disclosing a $625.3M net loss in 2020 with revenue of $3.5B  —  Endeavor has filed its prospectus for a possible IPO offering later this year, with updated financial disclosures revealing …
Delia Cai / Deez Links:
Interview with Ann Friedman on jury-rigging a paying newsletter, not feeling like a brand ambassador for Mailchimp, using classifieds for revenue, and more  —  Within the individual newsletter economy, you can pretty much trace the lineage of any highly curated 'stack back to one of the …
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Mike Juang / Ad Age:
Bloomberg Media is developing its own advertising platform, called Bloomberg Iris, joining a growing list of publishers devising in-house solutions
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
The State News Guild:
Journalists at McClatchy's The State move to form South Carolina's largest newspaper union, The State News Guild
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google is rolling out FLoC, its alternative to third-party cookies and a crucial part of its Privacy Sandbox project for Chrome, as a developer origin trial
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
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