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12:30 AM ET, February 2, 2023


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: BDG Media suspends Gawker operations and CEO Bryan Goldberg says the company will cut 8% of its full-time staff after “a surprisingly difficult” Q1 2023  —  BDG Media is suspending Gawker and will lay off 8% of full-time staff, according to an internal memo from CEO Bryan Goldberg that was obtained by Axios.
Max Tani / Semafor:
The US DOJ charges former ABC News foreign correspondent James Gordon Meek over the alleged transportation of CSAM; the FBI raided Meek's home in April 2022  —  The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced the arrest of an award-winning investigative reporter on charges related to child pornography.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Netflix says US password sharing rules haven't been set yet and removes rules from its US help page saying users must connect to a “primary Wi-Fi” every 31 days  —  Based on info sourced from Netflix's support pages, The Streamable reported on Tuesday details about its upcoming anti-password sharing efforts.
Patrick Coffee / Wall Street Journal:
A look at ad industry meme accounts, often run by anonymous industry veterans to share news, create a sense of community among junior staff and CMOs, and more  —  Ad industry meme creators have begun breaking news, earning revenue and attracting attention from industry leaders
Reeves Wiedeman / Vulture:
As documentaries boom, filmmakers, their subjects, and the bill-paying streamers wrestle with questions of ethics, money, and control, amid shrinking budgets  —  The boom — or glut — in streaming documentaries has sparked a reckoning among filmmakers and their subjects.
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg renames its Quicktake streaming channel to Bloomberg Originals and adds more documentaries and talk shows, after seeing growth in ad-supported video  —  News publisher to launch climate, science and sports shows on rebranded streaming platform  —  Bloomberg Media is adding …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Lizzie Johnson / @lizziejohnsonnn:
[Thread] After the murder of Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German, The Washington Post picked up and finished his work on an alleged $500M Ponzi scheme  —  Not long after Jeff German — a reporter at the @reviewjournal — was slain outside of his home last fall, my editor called me with a question. The Post had reached out, asking if we could help in some way. Jeff's editor had an idea. Maybe we could take on the last of his work.
Emily Bary / MarketWatch:
SEC filing: Comcast sold 5,726,385 BuzzFeed shares from January 30 to February 1 as BuzzFeed's stock surged, leaving the company with 19.97% of BuzzFeed's stock  —  Buzzfeed stock has rocketed in recent days amid enthusiasm over its use of AI  —  Comcast Corp. has sold part of its stake in Buzzfeed Inc. …
Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Netflix told advertisers that sign-ups for its ad tier doubled in January 2023 over December 2022; Netflix predicted 1.75M ad tier subscribers in Q1  —  Netflix is making progress in its plunge into advertising—slowly.  —  The streaming firm told advertisers in the past 10 days …
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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Pakistan “degrades” Wikipedia in the country for 48 hours for not removing “sacrilegious contents” and warns of a full block if the nonprofit fails to comply
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, and Vodafone's ad joint venture meant to rival Meta and Google is set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Apple launches MLS Season Pass in 100+ territories, giving soccer fans access to all MLS matches, playoffs, Leagues Cup, and more for $14.99/month or $99/year
 Earlier Picks: 
Louis Menand / New Yorker:
A look at the emergence of media “objectivity” and growing media distrust, especially for the Washington press corps after 1968's Democratic National Convention
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
After 21 seasons, TV talk show Dr. Phil plans to end original episodes in the spring; CBS Media Ventures hopes to syndicate repeats through the 2023-2024 season
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
YouTube TV drops the MLB Network after failing to renew the carriage deal for the live channel; customers will also lose any recorded programming on their DVRs
Caitlin Huston / The Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. Discovery signs deals to license some content the company pulled from HBO Max, including Westworld, to Roku and Tubi's free, ad-supported channels