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8:05 PM ET, March 31, 2021


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: @michellemanafy and @helenkennedy
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 …
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 …
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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
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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
Discussion: MediaPost
BBC's China correspondent John Sudworth has left the country and moved to Taiwan following pressure and threats from the Chinese authorities
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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple leads $50M Series B in music distributor UnitedMasters, with a16z and Alphabet participating; UnitedMasters enters a strategic partnership with Apple
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