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7:45 PM ET, March 17, 2023


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Sara Fischer / Axios:
YouTube lifts its restrictions on Donald Trump's channel, imposed after the January 6 insurrection, 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.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Axios shouldn't have fired Ben Montgomery for calling out Governor DeSantis' propaganda given co-founder Jim VandeHei once told Roger Ailes, “Go fuck yourself”  —  Reporters have been brawling with public relations flacks since the late 1800s when railroads and other corporations …
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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Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
In a first for a music streaming service, Bandcamp employees in the US form a union, Bandcamp United, which will include 62 people, and ask for an NLRB election  —  U.S. employees at Bandcamp, an online audio distributor, have announced their formation of a union.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
An interview with Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein on reader donations, paywalls, and quality over quantity; readers donated 74% of its $16.8M FY 2021 revenue  —  “Smart, fearless journalism” is the tagline of American investigative news outlet Mother Jones - but would this mission …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Meta debuts Verified in the US for $12/month on the web or $15/month on Android/iOS, with a blue badge, proactive impersonation protection, and customer support  —  Meta's paid verification program is available in the US starting today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Instagram channel.
Sylvia Poggioli, the longest-serving reporter on NPR's international desk, is retiring at the end of March 2023 after 41 years at NPR and 51 years in journalism  —  In a note to editorial staff, Didrik Schanche, International Editor, and Edith Chapin, Acting SVP of News, made the following announcement:
Financial Times:
How tech from Synthesia, an AI startup backed by Kleiner Perkins and GV, is being used to make deepfake news videos promoted by Venezuela's government  —  UK tech company developed software used in fake news videos promoted by authoritarian government  —  As Venezuela prepared for carnival season …
Mark Mulligan / MIDiA Research Blog:
Research: global recorded music revenue rose 6.7% YoY to $31.2B in 2022, with $20B from streaming and $10.8B from indie labels and artists direct; UMG hit $9.2B  —  Following a spectacular year of growth in 2021, global recorded music revenue growth slowed significantly in 2022 due …
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.
Sherrell Dorsey / The Plug:
The Plug founder and CEO Sherrell Dorsey announces that the news outlet focused on Black tech, venture capital, and future of work 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.
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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
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
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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
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
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