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1:20 PM ET, March 17, 2023


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
YouTube lifts restrictions, imposed after the January 6 insurrection, on Trump's channel after evaluating the “continued risk of real-world violence”  —  YouTube will lift its restrictions on former President Trump's channel Friday, a spokesperson confirmed to Axios.
Emily Baker-White / Forbes:
Sources: the FBI and DOJ are investigating what led TikTok's parent company ByteDance to use the app to surveil US journalists; source: ByteDance was subpoenaed  —  Months before the U.S. government demanded ByteDance divest from TikTok, the Department Of Justice's Criminal Division subpoenaed …
Sherrell Dorsey / The Plug:
Founder Sherrell Dorsey announces that The Plug, a news outlet focused on Black tech news and research, is closing  —  Dear readers, subscribers, and long-time supporters—  Today is the last day our team will serve you all through The Plug.  —  We're closing our doors, but never abandoning our convictions.
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Meta rolls out Verified in the US for $12/month on web or $15 on iOS/Android, with a blue badge, proactive impersonation protection, and direct customer support  —  Meta's paid verification program is available in the US starting today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Instagram channel.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Amazon stops selling newspaper and magazine subscriptions for Kindle and in print; some titles, including USA Today, are still available via Kindle Unlimited  —  It doesn't matter whether they're for your Kindle or in print — starting this week, Amazon will no longer sell print or digital newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
Editor and Publisher:
McClatchy promotes Robyn Tomlin to Chief News Officer, effective immediately; Tomlin previously served as VP for local news  —  Today McClatchy, one of the largest media companies in the United States, announced the promotion of Robyn Tomlin to chief news officer, effective immediately.
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Q&A with Dina Srinivasan, author of The Antitrust Case Against Facebook, on Meta and Google's ad duopoly, the US antitrust cases, concerns about Apple, and more  —  In February 2019, Dina Srinivasan, then an independent scholar, published an academic paper entitled ‘The Antitrust Case Against Facebook’ …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitch CEO Emmett Shear steps down after 16 years at the company, replaced by president Dan Clancy, effective immediately; Shear is a co-founder  —  After serving as its chief executive for more than a decade, Twitch CEO Emmett Shear will take a step back at the company.
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Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
Private equity firm Ethical Capital Partners acquires Pornhub owner MindGeek, which had $460M in 2018 revenue and sources say profit margins near 50% at times
Brian Morrissey / The Rebooting:
Digital media companies are shifting from ad-driven scale models into something smaller, which should benefit publishers that have flexible models and low costs
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
YouTube raises YouTube TV's price by $8 to $72.99/month, citing a rise in “content costs”, effective for new users on March 16 and existing users on April 18
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Elliot Resnick, a former editor of The Jewish Press, faces charges of civil disorder, impeding police officers, and misdemeanors at the US Capitol on January 6
 Earlier Picks: 
A survey of 338 US Fox News viewers: 21% trust the channel less due to the testimony and texts from the Dominion lawsuit and 9% say they watch the network less
Charlotte Klein / @charlottetklein:
Axios fires Tampa Bay-based reporter Ben Montgomery after he replied to an email about a Governor DeSantis event, “This is propaganda, not a press release.”
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