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10:15 PM ET, March 31, 2021


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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
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 …
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  —  Google today announced that it is rolling out Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC), a crucial part of its Privacy Sandbox project for Chrome, as a developer origin trial.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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  —  Company joins the ranks of publishers embracing in-house solutions—and snubbing third-parties  —  Bloomberg Media is developing …
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.
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 …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New York Daily News delivered on its pledged pandemic bonuses to management before holding back bonuses for everyone else, citing staffers' efforts to unionize  —  The New York Daily News on Friday appeared to stiff its journalists out of a modest bonus it had promised them for their hard work during the pandemic.
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
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Hollywood Reporter:
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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
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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
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Radio and podcasting company Entercom is rebranding itself to Audacy and retiring