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9:45 AM ET, March 17, 2017

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 Top News: 
Jane Martinson / The Guardian:
The Guardian pulls all ads from Google and YouTube after ads were placed next to extremist content; news site urges other brands to do the same  —  Ads for membership scheme were inadvertently placed by Google next to extremist material  —  The Guardian has withdrawn all its online advertising …
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Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Google UK managing director Ronan Harris says company is committed to updating its ad policies to give brands more control over where their ads appear  —  Google has responded to a growing number of brands suspending their advertising from its services after finding their ads were appearing next …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix to replace star ratings with thumbs up and thumbs down in coming weeks after A/B testing showed thumbs got 200% more ratings  —  Get ready to say goodbye to star ratings on Netflix: The company is getting ready to replace stars with Pandora-like thumbs ups and thumbs downs in the coming weeks.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
IJR retracts story that implied a link between Obama's Hawaii trip and judge's immigration order, saying it “does not meet our editorial standards”  —  Independent Journal Review on Thursday took down a story that implied Barack Obama's recent trip to Hawaii had something …
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Sources: congressional reporter quits IJR over site's direction and concern over his credibility from the association, cites post about Obama trip as last straw
BBC:
George Osborne, Conservative MP, has been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard; he intends to stay on as MP in new role  —  Former Chancellor George Osborne has been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper.  —  The Conservative MP will succeed Sarah Sands …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
More than 4M people tuned in to watch Rachel's Maddow's reveal of Trump's tax records on Tuesday, the biggest audience in her show's nine years on the air  —  Rachel Maddow's slow-walk reveal of President Trump's decade-old tax records on Tuesday night did not earn her much journalistic praise.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Some users report Google Home playing a promo for “Beauty and the Beast”; Google says it “wasn't intended” to be an ad, will keep experimenting  —  Google Assistant now does advertising  —  Today some Google Home owners are hearing something extra when they ask …
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
How The Onion's mostly liberal writers and editors are struggling to lampoon Trump, a target of satire for around two decades  —  At a headline pitch meeting, the writers of the satirical newspaper try to stay away from low-hanging fruit.  —  In January, 2013, Donald Trump's special counsel, Michael Cohen, sent a letter to the Onion.
Discussion: Mediaite
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
Documents show RT paid $45K for Michael Flynn to fly to Moscow to speak at its 10th anniversary celebration in December 2015; trip included Flynn Jr.  —  RT, the Russian state-owned television network described by U.S. intelligence officials as “the Kremlin's principal international propaganda outlet …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Fox News looks like “mainstream media”, but standard-less work of its opinionators like Hannity, O'Reilly, and Fox & Friends undermines its journalism  —  A joint news conference in February between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prompted numerous complaints from big-time media outlets.
Bloomberg:
Filing: Charter CEO Rutledge received $78M in stock options, $2M in salary, $10.1M in awards and $7.54M bonus in 2016 after signing to stay with firm until 2021  —  Most of his pay comes from stock options tied to share price  —  Follows aquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Trump's budget cuts would cause “the collapse of the public media system itself” and the end of an “essential national service”, says CPB CEO Patricia Harrison  —  Funding for PBS, NPR in the crosshairs  —  President Trump is proposing to end all federal funding for public broadcasting.
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Sopan Deb / New York Times:
Trump proposes eliminating national endowments for the arts and humanities and scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
 
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Anya George Tharakan / Reuters:
YouTube signs a multi-year deal with esports platform FACEIT to stream its competitive gaming league, the Esports Championship Series
Shelley Hepworth / Columbia Journalism Review:
The majority of editorial staff at Slate have voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
NYT expands its investigative unit with Michael LaForgia of Tampa Bay Times, Ellen Gabler of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brian Rosenthal of Houston Chronicle
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
The Palm Beach local press has been elevated into a source of national news because of its proximity to Trump and deep sourcing within Mar-a-Lago
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