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2:10 PM ET, February 28, 2019

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Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Ev Williams announces that all Medium paywalled stories will be free for readers who come to the site from Twitter  —  If you're not the paying sort, Medium has a mile-wide new hole in its paywall that might interest you.  (But really, you should be the paying sort.)
Mike Allen / Axios:
Jonah Goldberg to leave the National Review and partner with ex-Weekly Standard EIC Steve Hayes to launch conservative media company, starting with newsletters  —  Jonah Goldberg is leaving National Review in the coming months to start a new conservative media company with Steve Hayes …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK charities declare the Momo challenge a hoax after the media publishes hundreds of articles on it, causing a moral panic despite absence of evidence  —  Groups say no evidence yet of self-harm from craze, but resulting hysteria poses a risk  —  It is the most talked about viral scare story …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
CNN launches an app on Magic Leap's AR headset, streaming live programming and on-demand videos for users who log in with TV Everywhere  —  CNN is coming to augmented reality: The news network launched an app on Magic Leap's AR headset Thursday, streaming live programming and on-demand videos on the device.
Discussion: @jbenton
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Media advocacy group Free Press has proposed a tax on targeted advertising to fund noncommercial journalism and support new news distribution models  —  Facebook and Google aren't going to stop targeting ads to Internet users, and advertisers aren't likely to stop loving the data …
Hollywood Reporter:
AMC Networks beats fourth quarter expectations with $773M in revenue and profit of $72M, down from $145M in Q4 2017; ad revenue rose 1.4% YoY  —  The cable networks company on an analyst call talked about an upcoming spin-off series for its flagship zombie drama now closing in on its tenth year.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Cohen's testimony mostly vindicates BuzzFeed reporting on Trump “directing” him to lie, but saying Trump's directions were explicit was a self-inflicted wound  —  In mid-January, a BuzzFeed News report hit the news cycle like a mile-wide asteroid landing on Earth.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Roll Call and New York Times
Luis Paez-Pumar / Deadspin:
SB Nation Editor-in-Chief Elena Bergeron is stepping down on March 15 with Executive Producer Ryan Nanni filling in in the interim  —  After almost two years as SB Nation editor-in-chief, Elena Bergeron is stepping down from the role, according to a company-wide email sent out on Wednesday by Vox Media publisher Melissa Bell.
Discussion: The Big Lead and Awful Announcing
James Mattone / Thinknum Media:
The NBA's G League boasted an average Twitch stream of 8,300+ concurrent viewers in first two weekends of its 2019 season, beating streams of NBA's videogames  —  For years, NBA's G League, the minor leagues of basketball, was lost in the shuffle of NBA's massive television deals.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Study estimates Netflix could be losing $192M/month from people who freeload by account sharing, with Amazon losing $45M/month and Hulu losing $40M/month  —  As many as 1 in 5 people today are mooching off of someone else's account when streaming video from Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Video, according to a new study from CordCutting.com.
Discussion: Fast Company
France 24:
Police arrest a dozen journalists at an Algiers rally, attended by ~100 journalists, against alleged censorship of protests against fifth term for president  —  Algerian police arrested a dozen journalists participating in a rally Thursday against alleged censorship of coverage of protests …
 
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Reuters expands its video and photo sports offerings through partnerships with the Players' Tribune, AFLO, Panoramic, Sporting Images, and MB Media
Siobhan O'Connor / OneZero:
Medium launches OneZero, a tech and science publication with analysis and commentary, as part of its plan for a portfolio on tech, business, health, and more
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
FTC settles with Musical.ly, now TikTok, for $5.7M, over the app's violation of US child privacy laws; TikTok's app updates with a new UX for users under 13
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC and UK broadcaster ITV have confirmed plans to launch a joint, paid streaming service called BritBox by the end of 2019