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5:50 PM ET, March 3, 2019


 Top News: 
Isaac Lee / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the tactics used by the Venezuelan government to eliminate most independent media, from censorship to having government sympathizers buy outlets  —  Earlier this week, the Nicolás Maduro regime detained and expelled journalist Jorge Ramos, one of the most famous news anchors in the world …
Discussion: @samuelcnn
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Interview with NYT's Paul Mozur, a tech reporter in Shanghai, about his most important tools, especially in a country with a government known for surveillance  —  To protect himself and his sources from prying eyes in China, Paul Mozur, a technology reporter in Shanghai, leaves just an “innocent trace” of digital exhaust.
Discussion: Fortune
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.
Discussion: @richbtig and @lucas_shaw
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."
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 …
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 …
Discussion: @hwclarence
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.
The Guardian:
Uganda says the number of subscriptions to ~60 apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, declined by 2.5M in the three months after social media tax was introduced  —  Economic fears raised as online subscriptions plummet in months following launch of levy created to curb ‘gossip’
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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
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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