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8:05 AM ET, March 31, 2021


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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  —  The Texas Tribune, a digital news outlet in Austin, is losing two of its leaders.  —  Stacy-Marie Ishmael, the editorial director …
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
A group of ad-tech companies, including PubMatic, details SWAN, an anonymous identifier that lets users control ads they see, as an alternative to web cookies  —  - SWAN network, backed by PubMatic, others, to launch in summer  — Google's FLoC has been criticized by privacy advocates
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google says it is rolling out FLoC, its alternative to 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.
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.
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  —  “We will begin unlocking the enormous potential of Univision,” says CEO Wade Davis in the Spanish-language media giant's first financial report since selling a majority stake to an investor group.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple leads $50M Series B of 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.
BBC's China correspondent John Sudworth has left the country and moved to Taiwan following pressure and threats from the Chinese authorities  —  The BBC's Beijing correspondent John Sudworth has left China and moved to Taiwan following pressure and threats from the Chinese authorities.
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  —  Journalists who normalize Trump's former senior adviser ‘are helping him launder his white supremacist ideas into the mainstream.’
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Radio and podcasting company Entercom is rebranding itself to Audacy and retiring  —  After more than 50 years as Entercom Communications, the radio and podcasting company is unfurling a new banner: Effective immediately, it is changing its name to Audacy. … The company's new website is
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  —  Revenue at Time Out Media was down 59% to £9m in the second half of 2020 as continued worldwide Covid-19 lockdowns …
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  —  Earlier this month—with jury selection set to begin in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer …
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