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1:25 PM ET, March 22, 2022


 Top News: 
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
In an email, BuzzFeed News EIC Mark Schoofs announces his departure and those of two other top editors; CEO announces job cuts impacting ~1.7% of staff  —  Mark Schoofs, the site's editor in chief, is among the departures.  The company's chief executive said BuzzFeed News would need to …
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
Tom Namako, deputy EIC at BuzzFeed News, is leaving to become executive editor of NBC News Digital, replacing David Firestone, who is retiring  —  NBC News has named Tom Namako the new Executive Editor of NBC News Digital, beginning April 25.  —  Namako replaces David Firestone …
Will Feuer / Dow Jones Newswires:
BuzzFeed reports $40.4M in Q4 net income, up from $32.2M the year before, and revenue of $145.7M, up 18% YoY, driven by 33% YoY growth in content revenue  —  Digital-media publisher BuzzFeed Inc. said its revenue and profit rose in the three months ended Dec. 31.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Ben Smith and Justin Smith say they will name their media company Semafor  —  Ben and Justin Smith plan to name their new company “Semafor,” a word used to describe a method of communication via two visual signals, the pair confirmed to Axios. … - The Smiths will use the phonetic spelling of the word …
ProPublica promotes Tracy Weber to managing editor, succeeding Robin Fields  —  ProPublica announced Monday that Tracy Weber, deputy managing editor, has been promoted to managing editor.  In this role, she will lead ProPublica's national journalism to ensure that the newsroom takes on ambitious projects with moral force.
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Apple announces new Podcasts Connect creator features, including follower counts, uploading MP3 files as subscriber-only audio, and custom subscription banners  —  Apple Podcasts is rolling out new features to incentivize podcasters to offer paid subscriptions to listeners on the app.
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
A look at newly launched Compact, an online magazine edited by two religious conservatives and a Marxist populist that is currently funded by unnamed investors  —  Compact, a new online magazine edited by two religious conservatives and a Marxist proponent of “labor populism,” aims to challenge both …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Ex-Trump staffers, including Donald Trump, Jr., are launching a news aggregation app called MxM news, to fill a void left by Drudge Report's waning influence  —  Former Trump staffers, including Donald Trump, Jr., are launching a news aggregation app called “MxM News” that they hope will compete …
Dessi Gomez / The Wrap:
Twitter suspends the Babylon Bee's account for violating its hateful conduct policy after the right-wing satirical site tweeted a link to a transphobic article  —  Twitter has suspended the Babylon Bee's account after the parody site posted an article awarding Rachel Levine …
Shubham Sharma / VentureBeat:
Applied XL, founded by two computational journalists to provide real-time data, raises a $3.5M seed led by Hearst Ventures, with STAT and others participating  —  New York-headquartered Applied XL, a startup that focuses on building algorithms to help enterprises with real-time data tracking …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK judge rules journalist Chris Mullin doesn't have to turn over his notes to the police; his investigation helped overturn convictions in 1974 IRA bombings  —  Journalist and former MP Chris Mullin has won his fight against being forced to hand over material that would identify confidential sources relating …
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Catie Keck / The Verge:
Roku announces OS 11, coming soon, with a curated “what to watch” hub and custom screensavers; Roku's app will add info about content and where to stream it
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Staffers at Creators Media Group, Ukraine's largest publisher of tech news sites, recount their experiences as they continue to file stories, but now about war
Yuvraj Malik / Reuters:
Tencent Music says it will pursue a secondary listing in Hong Kong, which could reportedly raise $5B, after reporting an 8.7% YoY drop in its Q4 revenue
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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
CEO Bob Chapek tells staff that Disney made a mistake by not publicly opposing Florida's “Don't Say Gay” bill; Disney considers more LGBT-aware content for kids
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple drops the option to buy and rent content in the Apple TV app for Android TV and Google TV; sources: until recently Apple was exempt from Google's IAP cut