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2:05 PM ET, March 9, 2022


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon suspends access to Prime Video for customers based in Russia  —  Amazon has joined the growing number of businesses suspending commercial activities in Russia in the wake of the country's unprovoked attack on Ukraine.  —  The e-commerce giant said in a statement that it is cutting off access …
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Jason Kilar announces that WarnerMedia will pause “all new business in Russia” amid Russia's continued invasion of Ukraine  —  WarnerMedia is “pausing all new business in Russia” amid its continued invasion of Ukraine, CEO Jason Kilar announced Wednesday.
Discussion: The Streamable and @brianstelter
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The New York Times temporarily removes its journalists from Russia in response to the law that effectively renders independent reporting in the country illegal
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Researchers say Gannett gave ad buyers incorrect information about where ads appeared for nine months; Gannett says it regrets the error, which it fixed March 4  —  Publisher misrepresented where billions of ads were placed, researchers say, and Gannett corrected the issue in recent days
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
Two Austrian entrepreneurs acquire the assets of LimeWire, the music sharing service shuttered in 2010, and plan to relaunch it as an NFT marketplace for music  —  A pair of serial entrepreneurs in Austria has bought the rights to defunct music platform LimeWire with plans to revamp its image …
On Substack:
Substack launches an iOS app for reading; Android users can join a waitlist  —  What you read matters  —  Today, we're launching an iOS app for reading.  It's like your email inbox, but better.  —  For readers, the app brings all your Substack subscriptions together in one venue …
Mike Ozanian / Forbes:
Sources: the streaming deal between MLB and Apple is worth $85M annually over seven years and NBC Sports' two-year MLB deal is worth $30M annually  —  Baseball is in the midst of a lockout that is threatening the start of the 2022 season, but that isn't preventing the league from getting richer.
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: Disney is considering significantly broadening Disney+ content beyond its strict family focus, including horror and thriller movies and shows  —  Horror movies and thrillers on Disney+?  An ESPN sports betting partnership?  Plans that would once have been unthinkable at Disney …
Discussion: The Streamable and @jtoonkel
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: Amazon is expected to win unconditional approval from the European Commission for its $8.5B acquisition of MGM, which was announced in May 2021  —  Amazon is expected to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for its $8.5 billion buy of U.S. movie studio MGM, people familiar with the matter said …
Angelique Chrisafis / The Guardian:
President Macron vows to scrap the €138/year French TV license fee if he is re-elected next month, prompting questions over the funding of public media  —  Presidential candidate Anne Hidalgo says scrapping fee will ‘kill’ independence of public media  —  Emmanuel Macron has promised …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok launches music distribution platform SoundOn in the US, UK, Brazil, and Indonesia; artists can upload music directly to TikTok, Resso, Spotify, and more  —  TikTok has already achieved massive influence in today's music industry, sending songs that find popularity on the app to the top of the Billboard charts.
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
US indie film and TV studio A24 raises $225M to expand production and distribution globally, its first funding since its 2012 founding  —  The Oscar winning indie studio behind such movies as Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk has secured a $225M equity investment to fund its strategic growth plan.
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety and @teroterotero
Gabby Miller / Columbia Journalism Review:
Jakub Parusinski, CFO of The Kyiv Independent, describes challenges in supporting Ukrainian-based journalists and the country's independent, ethical newsrooms  —  On the eleventh day of President Vladimir Putin's deadly invasion of Ukraine, the Tow Center spoke with Jakub Parusinski …
Discussion: @__gabbymiller
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European Federation of Journalists:
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