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3:10 PM ET, February 16, 2023


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Vox:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki plans to step down after nine years, replaced by Neal Mohan as SVP and new head of YouTube; Wojcicki was Google's 16th employee  —  One of the most prominent women in tech — and one of Google's earliest employees — is leaving the company.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Thousands sign a letter protesting The New York Times' coverage of trans people, coordinated with a letter from GLAAD; a NYT statement defends the outlet's work  —  This story has been updated with a statement from The New York Times.  —  In the past year, page A1 of The New York Times …
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount reports 77M global streaming subscribers at the end of 2022, up from 67M in Q3, 56M Paramount+ subscribers, and 78.5M Pluto TV MAUs, up 6.5M from Q3  —  The conglomerate, led by CEO Bob Bakish, in its fourth-quarter results touts higher streaming revenue.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Paramount plans to raise the price of Paramount+ with ads to $5.99 per month and the premium tier with Showtime to $11.99 per month in 2023  —  Paramount Global chief financial officer Naveen Chopra unveiled the pricing plan details and plans for a $1.3 billion-$1.5 billion impairment charge …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Atlanta-based Capital B, the one-year-old nonprofit news outlet for Black Americans, which has raised $12M, announces plans for a second newsroom in Gary, IN  —  Capital B, the one-year-old nonprofit news startup for Black Americans, has announced plans to launch its second local newsroom in Gary, Indiana.
Erika Wheless / Ad Age:
TikTok quietly launches its in-app shopping checkout feature in the US; apparel brands Pacsun, Revolve, and Willow Boutique seem to be among the pilot partners  —  Pacsun and Revolve appear to be among the pilot brands  —  TikTok has quietly launched its shop pilot in the U.S. …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Meta launches Instagram Channels, a broadcast chat feature that lets select US creators share public, one-to-many text, images, and more with their followers  —  Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that the company is launching a new broadcast chat feature on Instagram called “Channels.”
Reggie Ugwu / New York Times:
A look at the podcast industry, as a faltering ad market and recession fears increase the reluctance to fund projects without a path to short-term profitability  —  “The dumb money era is over” as layoffs, budget cuts and scuttled deals challenge a long-booming industry.
Alyssa Lukpat / Wall Street Journal:
Ryan Seacrest is leaving ABC's Live with Kelly and Ryan after joining in 2017 and will be replaced by Kelly Ripa's husband, Mark Consuelos  —  He joined Kelly Ripa in the hosting chair in 2017 after his predecessor, Michael Strahan, left in dramatic fashion
Ella Ceron / Bloomberg:
USC Inclusion Initiative: 16 of the 100 top-grossing films in 2022 featured women from racial and ethnic minority groups in leading roles, up from 1 in 2007  —  Women of color are making gains at the US box office, as audiences showed up to support the female actors from underrepresented groups who led some of 2022's biggest movies.
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Ohio's attorney general says charges against NewsNation reporter Evan Lambert have been dismissed; Lambert was arrested on February 8 at a press conference
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter updates its policies to allow cannabis ads targeting US states where cannabis is legal, promoting brands or providing info but not offering direct sales
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The Guardian:
France's BFMTV suspended presenter Rachid M'Barki in January and launched an internal probe into news packages linked to Israeli disinformation unit Team Jorge
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Newsmax is complaining on air and online about DirecTV dropping the channel; any new deal can affect the terms of Newsmax's pacts with other pay TV providers

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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
How the Internet Archive plans to defend its digital lending practices as it appeals a US court's 2023 ruling; IA says it was forced to remove over 500K books

Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
In response to plagiarism allegations, Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas says the company “is not ignoring” robots.txt, but does rely on third-party web crawlers

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