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9:25 AM ET, March 1, 2024


 Top News: 
Meta plans to deprecate the Facebook News tab in the US and Australia in early April 2024 and stop signing deals for traditional news content in those countries  —  Meta Platforms Inc. is winding down its news feature in the US and Australia, part of a broader shift away from the category for the social media giant.
Nic Fildes / Financial Times:
Australia's PM threatens action against Meta after it said it would stop paying media companies; News Corp says it threatens the viability of small media groups  —  Prime minister pledges to respond to move that News Corp says threatens viability of some media groups
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
Sources: NYT managers launched a leak probe after The Intercept revealed internal debate over a yet-to-air episode of The Daily about Hamas and sexual violence  —  Management has questioned staffers, including Daily producers, after The Intercept revealed internal debate over a yet-to-air episode on Hamas weaponizing sexual violence.
The Intercept:
A controversial NYT report claiming Hamas weaponized sexual violence on Oct. 7 relied heavily on an ex-Israeli intelligence officer with no reporting experience  —  American Media Keep Citing Zaka — Though Its October 7 Atrocity Stories Are Discredited in Israel
Associated Press:
A US district judge holds Catherine Herridge in civil contempt for refusing to divulge her source for Fox News stories about a scientist investigated by the FBI  —  A federal judge held veteran investigative reporter Catherine Herridge in civil contempt on Thursday for refusing to divulge …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Co-founders of Trump Media file a suit claiming Trump and others tried to dilute their stake in the company; the case could complicate Trump Media's SPAC merger  —  The case could complicate a long-delayed bid by the owner of Truth Social to go public — and deliver former president Donald Trump a financial lifeline
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Amid a market correction in podcasting, the biggest stars still get eight- and nine-figure contracts, while rank-and-file employees push for union protections  —  While mega-deals come roaring back, rank-and-file podcasters are seeking basic labor protections  —  Welcome back to Soundbite.
Maggie Harrison Dupré / Futurism:
Wikipedia editors lowered CNET's source reliability rating after CNET used AI to create articles and are discussing reliability of other Red Ventures outlets  —  Remember last year, when we reported that the Red Ventures-owned CNET had been quietly publishing dozens of AI-generated articles …
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Jacquelyn Melinek / @jacqmelinek:
As announced earlier, TechCrunch ends paid subscriptions for TechCrunch+ on March 1, and all previously paywalled articles will be publicly available
Alyssa Boyle / AdExchanger:, a self-serve platform that lets SMBs buy video ads on streaming services, raised a $22.5M Series A led by Singular, bringing its total funding to ~$30M
Discussion: TechCrunch
Associated Press:
Russia detains Novaya Gazeta EIC Sergei Sokolov for allegedly discrediting Russian army; he became EIC in 2023 after Dmitry Muratov was named a “foreign agent”
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Anto Antony / Bloomberg:
Sources: Sony made multiple filings in India to pull out a pact to merge its India operations with Zee Entertainment
Discussion: Reuters
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
How newspaper leaders tried and failed to see how tech would change the business of journalism, framed by the career of digital newspaper pioneer Roger Fidler

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Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Apple removes WhatsApp, Threads, Signal, and Telegram from its App Store in China, after orders from the country's regulators citing national security concerns

Ryan Morrison / Tom's Guide:
Microsoft researchers introduce VASA-1, an AI model that can create a realistic talking face video from a portrait photo and an audio file, in research preview

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

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