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4:10 AM ET, March 1, 2019

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Source: Turner Broadcasting President David Levy will leave WarnerMedia as part of a broader shakeup by corporate parent AT&T  —  David Levy, the longtime Turner executive, will leave WarnerMedia as part of a broader shakeup, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Memo: HBO CEO and Chairman Richard Plepler tells staff he is leaving the company, nine months after AT&T's acquisition of HBO parent Time Warner  —  It's the end of an era.  —  One of the most storied runs in TV is coming to an end.  Richard Plepler is leaving HBO after 27 years with the cable giant …
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 …
YouTube Creator Blog:
YouTube says it will disable comments on almost all videos featuring minors, improve classification of comments, and continue to ban harmful accounts  —  We know that many of you have been closely following the actions we're taking to protect young people on YouTube and are as deeply concerned as we are that we get this right.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
NYT is testing a feature that bars use of incognito mode to circumvent its paywall as Google is working on code to prevent sites from detecting incognito mode  —  As long as The New York Times has had a metered paywall — it's coming up on eight years! — people have been trying to sneak around it.
Discussion: Softpedia News and @jbenton
University of California:
The University of California will not renew subscriptions with academic publisher Elsevier, saying Elsevier was unwilling to meet open access publishing goals  —  As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California is taking …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
LinkedIn will launch a weekly podcast, Hello Monday, on March 4, hosted by Jessi Hempel, formerly a senior writer at Wired  —  The show will be hosted by LinkedIn senior editor-at-large Jessi Hempel, and each episode will feature an interview with someone who has found success in their field.
Discussion: Talking Biz News, Thanks:@steverubel
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Warner Music's lawsuit against Spotify in India underscores music labels' worry over music streaming services doing more direct deals with artists in the future  —  Big Tech and Big Music are used to being frenemies.  Now things are getting feistier.  —  The music business is booming, for real.
Discussion: Variety and Reuters
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.)
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.
 
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Bloomberg:
Netflix is testing higher prices in Italy, setting the cost of a premium plan at about €18 or $20.50 a month; current EU prices range from €8 to €14 per month
Discussion: BGR
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
Greta Van Susteren joins Gray Television, a network of local TV stations in 91 markets, as chief national political analyst
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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
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
Discussion: Awful Announcing
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
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