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2:25 PM ET, March 4, 2022


 Top News: 
BBC says it has to “temporarily suspend” operations in Russia as the country's new law “appears to criminalize the process of independent journalism”  —  BBC statement on reporting from within Russia. Reacting to new legislation passed by the Russian authorities, BBC Director-General Tim Davie says:
Russia blocks access to BBC, Deutsche Welle, VOA, RFE/RL, and others, citing “deliberate and systematic circulation of materials containing false information”  —  Russia cut access to several foreign news organisations' websites, including the BBC and Deutsche Welle …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google stops selling online advertising in Russia including on Search, YouTube, and outside publishing partners, following similar moves by Twitter and Snap  —  Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google said on Thursday that it had stopped selling online advertising in Russia, a ban that covers search, YouTube and outside publishing partners.
New York Times:
Russian journalists from independent outlets describe Kremlin pressure that shut them down, or soon will: “Everything that's not propaganda is being eliminated”  —  “Everything that's not propaganda is being eliminated,” a Nobel Prize winning editor said as Russian authorities moved …
The Moscow Times:
After Russia takes Ekho Moskvy off the air for spreading “deliberately false information”, the board of directors votes to liquidate the liberal radio station
Disney announces a Disney+ ad-supported tier, launching in the US this year and internationally in 2023, as part of its push for 230M-260M subscribers by 2024  —  - Disney announced a new ad-supported tier for its Disney+ streaming service on Friday.  —  In this photo illustration …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
The Verge co-founder and Executive Editor Dieter Bohn is leaving the media industry after 20 years to join Google's Platforms & Ecosystems team  —  I'm moving on from media  —  Ten years after we founded it, The Verge continues to be the best place to discover the import and impact …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon has triggered a mid-March deadline for the FTC to challenge its MGM acquisition, after which Amazon can close the deal  —  Deadline could make it difficult for the commission to take action before the tech giant completes the transaction  — Inc. has given …
Mark Scott / Politico:
Telegram says it is removing access to Kremlin-backed media in the EU, starting with people who signed in with an EU-based phone number  —  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok all scrubbed Russia's RT — and its channels in English, Spanish, French and German — off their platforms …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Memo: T&R Productions, the production company behind RT America, the US version of Russia's state-funded RT, will lay off most of its staff and cease production  —  New York (CNN Business)The production company behind the American version of the Russian state-funded network RT laid off …
Sheila Dang / Reuters:
RT says it will begin broadcasting on Rumble, a video platform popular with right-wing users, after tech companies restricted Russian state-controlled media
Denise Petski / Deadline:
MTV will air a reality TV competition showcasing eight artists originally discovered on TikTok  —  MTV has teamed with TikTok and Pepsi on a first-of-its-kind music competition series that showcases artists originally discovered on TikTok.  Joe Jonas, Becky G and Sean Bankhead will serve …
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Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Netflix is launching Trivia Quest, its first interactive daily quiz show, featuring 24 multiple-choice questions, on April 1 as an “experiment”  —  ‘Trivia Quest’ melds a story with knowledge  —  Netflix's move into interactive shows is extending beyond the occasional single-episode project.
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