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6:25 PM 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.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Meta plans to make its Threads API, currently being tested by partners like Techmeme, Sprinklr, and Hootsuite, broadly available to developers by June 2024  —  Meta-owned social network Threads said today that it will make its API broadly available to developers by June.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches the Audiobooks Access Tier, which lets free US users stream 15 hours of audiobooks from its 200K+ catalog every month for $9.99 per month  —  After adding 15 hours of free audiobooks listening to its subscription plan late last year, Spotify today is introducing …
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 …
Union members strike at Gannett's Desert Sun, calling for a fair labor contract and saying they've been denied regular cost-of-living raises for three years  —  It's official: As of 7 a.m. today, @TDSNewsGuild is now on strike!!! Taking this step is not easy. But after being denied any sort of regular cost of living raises for the last three years, we decided it's time to deny @Gannett our labor until a fair contract is reached!
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
An interview with Chris Moran, the Guardian's head of editorial innovation, about its new “Deeply Read” list, which uses an “active time spent” ranking metric  —  The No. 1 most-clicked story on The Guardian's U.S. site right now: “Alabama IVF ruling leaves Republicans stuck between …
The Intercept:
At a Feb. 13 all-hands in London, CNN staff pressed EIC Mark Thompson and others about Israel-Gaza coverage; Christiane Amanpour criticized “double standards”  —  Amanpour expressed “real distress” over Israel stories being changed, while other staffers described a climate that is hostile to Arab journalists.
Etan Vlessing / The Hollywood Reporter:
FuboTV reports a $71M Q4 net loss, down 26% YoY, global revenue up 28% YoY to $410.2M, $370M from subscriptions, 1.61M subscribers in North America, up 12% YoY  —  David Gandler called out the upcoming Disney, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery venture as his sports streamer hit 1.61 million subscribers and shrank its fourth-quarter loss.
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
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Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
BBC Studios buys British broadcaster ITV's 50% stake in streamer BritBox International for £255M, as ITV focuses on its ad-funded streaming service ITVX
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
Jacquelyn Melinek / @jacqmelinek:
As announced earlier, TechCrunch ends paid subscriptions for TechCrunch+ on March 1, and all previously paywalled articles will be publicly available
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
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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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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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