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8:05 AM ET, February 2, 2023


 Top News: 
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. …
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Holden Foreman, The Washington Post's first accessibility engineer, on his role, improving access for people with disabilities, challenges, and more  —  “It is definitely stressful to be the first in this new role.  I feel deep down like I need to justify its creation with every step that I take."
Discussion: Ad Age
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.
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
A profile of James McNicholas, who covers Arsenal for The Athletic and has an acting career that includes starring in the BBC's Horrible Histories and Ted Lasso  —  Even in an age when sportswriters are hyphenates (reporter-podcaster-whatever pays the bills), The Athletic's McNicholas leads an odd and fascinating double life
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.
TikTok is limiting the number of songs that some users in Australia can post on its app, an experiment meant to assess how much they value music in their videos  —  TikTok is limiting the number of songs that users can post on its app, an experiment to assess how much they value music in their videos.
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
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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
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
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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
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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