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11:40 AM ET, March 3, 2019


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Gavin J. Blair / Hollywood Reporter:
In Japan, Disney and mobile carrier Docomo are launching a streaming service in March with the latest content from Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Disney Studios  —  Content from all four Disney studios will be available next month in preparation for 5G.  Japan's other two main carriers are already partnered with Netflix.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Alpha, a niche streaming service focusing on TV, pop-culture, sci-fi, comics, video games, and more is shutting down on Mar. 31  —  Another overly niche streaming service is closing up shop.  On Friday, Alpha - a geek-friendly streaming service that focused on TV, pop-culture, sci-fi …
Discussion: Variety
Andrew McCormick / The Atlantic:
How Radio Free Asia's Uighur journalists based in Washington are painstakingly reporting on China's internment of hundreds of thousands of the country's Muslims  —  Radio Free Asia's Uighur journalists report on China's internment of hundreds of thousands of members of the country's Muslim minority …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with the NYT Opinion Video director and senior editor on their first year, lessons learned, and how they're trying to appeal to a YouTube-native audience  —  “Hi.  I'm Niecy Nash, actress, inventor, and advocate for not calling 911 on black people for no goddamn reason."
Anne Thompson / IndieWire:
With reports that Spielberg will urge the Academy to block streaming services like Netflix from Oscars, some fear indie movies can end up as collateral damage  —  Post “Roma,” the Academy will discuss rules that would level the playing field — but adjusting for Netflix could affect indie titles as well.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Fortnite dance emote lawsuits set a precedent for media companies to abuse copyright law further and turn shared culture of dance moves into private property  —  Fortnite is one of the most popular and profitable video games in history, and its publisher Epic is copying creative work …
Discussion: @johnkwhite
Amanda Kooser / CNET:
Reddit is testing tipping users starting with a single user, shittymorph; the user, Reddit, and card processor Stripe receive 78.5%, 18.5%, and 3%, respectively  —  Enlarge Image  —  Reddit has several ways you can express your appreciation of a good post or comment.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
To increase its media rights value, Spain's soccer league La Liga is creating a media business that includes long-form productions for streamers and TV networks  —  The European soccer league that's home to Real Madrid and Barcelona is making a bigger media play in the U.S. …
The Guardian:
Uganda says the number of internet subscribers in the country declined by 2.5M in the three months following the introduction of social media tax last July  —  Economic fears raised as online subscriptions plummet in months following launch of levy created to curb ‘gossip’
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: CNN head Jeff Zucker expected to expand his portfolio to lead AT&T's Turner Sports as part of AT&T's restructuring of WarnerMedia  —  Jeff Zucker, the leader of cable-news outlet CNN, is about to add sports to his portfolio, giving him expanded oversight of more of the most valuable content …
Lara Takenaga / New York Times:
Fifty years after the publication of A Day in the Life of the New York Times, a chronicle of 24 hours at the paper in 2019 starting at 3 AM ET in Hong Kong  —  The book “A Day in the Life of The New York Times” chronicled 24 hours at the Gray Lady 50 years ago.
Discussion: @readercenter
Molly Langmuir / ELLE:
Profile of New Yorker's Jane Mayer, one of the most prominent investigative reporters in the US, who most recently broke the Kavanaugh accusations story  —  It's a few weeks after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, and  —  , one of the most prominent investigative reporters in the country …
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