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4:50 PM ET, March 14, 2024


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Steven Monacelli / Nieman Lab:
Advantage Informatics, which has a contract with Gannett to provide “advertorial content”, has deep ties to “pink slime” sites from Brian Timpone's Metric Media  —  An executive from a company associated with Metric Media was hired to teach journalism, but the story doesn't end there.
Cristiano Lima-Strong / Washington Post:
The US House passes a bipartisan TikTok bill that forces a sale or ban of the app; the legislation faces an uncertain Senate path without a companion measure  —  The swift rebuke shifts attention to the Senate, where the bill faces significant political barriers and constitutional concerns
Discussion: Billboard, @tiktokpolicy, Associated Press, Bloomberg, The Hill, Digital Journal, @tiktokpolicy, The Verge, Digital Music News, Rolling Stone, The Daily Dot, New York Post, @business, @reuters, Adam Goldberg on LinkedIn, 9to5Google, Music Ally, @kateclarktweets, The Information, New York Times, @emilybell, @axiospro, @bostonjoan, Semafor, @howardmortman, @sachalouise, @mattdizwhitlock, @jacobhelberg, @jingjing_li, @boblatta, @conorsen, @ally_sammarco, @mtracey, @reppfluger, @adamkovac, @govgianforte, @jonhaidt, @cspan, @jwherrman, @jakesherman, @tomselliott, @repthomasmassie, @atrupar, @committeeonccp, @davetroy, @jakesherman, @matthewstoller, @jakesherman, @alexbarinka, @jason_kint, @matthewstoller, @mikeisaac, @senmarkey, @carnage4life, @senmarcorubio, @repspanberger, @igorbobic, @sahilkapur, @repmtg, CBS News, @willoremus, @sahilkapur, @mkraju, @carnage4life, @mikeisaac, @repjeffduncan, @repmcgovern, @randpaul, @stephenkentx, @repjames, @aoc, @repdanbishop, Engadget, Mediaite,, Business Insider, The Drum, WSPA-TV, Cherie Thacker on LinkedIn, Forbes, Fox News, W Media Research, NPR, MediaPost, The Hill, CNN,,, Across Illinois, IL Patch, NBC News, Yahoo News, The Independent, The Information, USA Today, PCMag, Music Business Worldwide, Ars Technica, 9to5Mac, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Verge, Digiday, The Wrap, Engadget, Polygon,,, Axios, Financial Times, TechCrunch, Variety, UPI, iMore, The Daily Beast, Reuters and Ars OpenForum, more at Techmeme »
Financial Times:
How the UK Conservative party establishment fought to frustrate RedBird's UAE-backed Telegraph bid; sources say Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch had a key role  —  Rishi Sunak's ‘hand was forced’ as PM acts to change law to stop foreign states from buying media groups
Emma Roth / The Verge:
In an email to the European Commission, Spotify says Apple is holding up an iPhone app update that adds pricing information and links to subscriptions  —  In an email to the European Commission obtained by The Verge, Spotify writes that Apple has “neither acknowledged nor responded to Spotify's submission” …
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Meta plans to shut down CrowdTangle in August 2024, to be replaced by Meta Content Library for academic and nonprofit researchers, but not most news outlets  —  CrowdTangle, a source for embarrassing articles about Facebook and Instagram, has been used to track conspiracy theories, viral content
Steve Knopper / Billboard:
Universal Music changed Pandora royalty payments from a 50% split via SoundExchange to often-smaller splits paid directly by UMG, hurting newer artists' revenue  —  The company is the only major label so far to change accounting for Pandora royalties since it introduced on-demand streaming.
UN report: Israel violated international law by firing at a group of “clearly identifiable journalists” on October 13, killing Reuters reporter Issam Abdallah  —  An Israeli tank killed Reuters reporter Issam Abdallah in Lebanon last year by firing two 120 mm rounds at a group of …
Wes Davis / The Verge:
Meta will be “forced” to remove news from its platforms in Illinois if the state passes a bill requiring Meta, Google, and others to pay local news outlets  —  A new Illinois bill called the Journalism Preservation Act (SB 3591) that's currently sitting in the state's Senate …
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
The FCC adopts a rule requiring cable and satellite TV providers to show the total price in ads and bills, including fees for regional sports programming  —  - Consumer charges have been targeted under President Biden  — Cable industry calls rule unneeded and costly to implement
Discussion: CNN, The Desk, Next TV and Deadline
Chris Kornelis / New York Times:
Gerald M. Levin, the former Time Warner CEO who oversaw the AOL merger, widely considered the worst corporate merger in US history, died on March 13 at age 84  —  He was called a visionary in cable television, but his foray into the world of the internet, in a marriage with AOL, proved disastrous.
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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
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Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources: Don Lemon had not technically inked an X contract before Elon Musk killed the deal; Lemon plans to post his interview with Musk on March 18 on YouTube
The Moscow Times:
Kremlin-linked RIA Novosti says Russia has charged Mikhail Zygar, former EIC of broadcaster Dozhd, with spreading “fake news” about Russian army atrocities
Corey Hutchins / Nieman Lab:
The National Trust for Local News bought a used printing press and plans to move it to Denver to handle printing for Colorado Community Media's newspapers

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
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