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9:49 AM ET, March 16, 2017

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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  —  President Trump is proposing the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities in his federal budget plan to be released early Thursday …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Report: Twitter to open up its live streaming API next week allowing media companies to stream live videos directly to the service  —  While Twitter has already placed a focus on live streaming with Periscope, it is apparently looking to do even more.  According to a report from The Information …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Fox Networks, Turner, and Viacom announce OpenAP, a system that will standardize targeting of specific TV audiences to ease ad buying across networks  —  Other TV companies invited to join advanced audience platform OpenAP  —  Three of the biggest TV companies are joining forces to accelerate the shift towards data-driven ad sales.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
After years of undermining the economics of culture, the internet is helping fund old and new art forms, often through subscriptions via platforms like Patreon  —  One secret to longevity as a pundit is to issue predictions that can't be easily checked.  So here's one for the time capsule …
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  —  Local outlets have developed Mar-a-Lago sources for years.  “It's also kind of: ‘Area Man Is President,’” said a Palm Beach Post political reporter.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Financial Times finds that readers who actively comment are seven times more engaged than those who don't  —  Commenters get a bad rap.  At best, they're trolls.  At worst, they hide behind their anonymity to toss stinkbombs of hate speech at well-meaning writers.
Discussion: @deniselaw_, @lilahrap and @mathewi
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Behind Genius' shift from web annotations to becoming a video-focused media company, after laying off a quarter of its staff last month  —  Genius, which raised $56.9 million on the promise that it would one day annotate the entire internet, has been losing its minds.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Murdoch's Sky bid to be investigated by UK's Ofcom to assess if the deal gives too much control of UK media and if his family are '"fit and proper" owners  —  Ofcom to assess whether deal gives mogul too much control of UK media and whether his family are ‘fit and proper’ owners
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Bill Walsh, a respected Washington Post copy editor who wrote three irreverent books about his craft, dies at 55  —  Bill Walsh, a Washington Post copy editor who wrote three irreverent books about his craft, noting evolutions and devolutions of language, the indispensability of hyphens …
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
American Media CEO David Pecker announces purchase of US Weekly from Wenner Media; about 45 staffers expected to re-interview for jobs as early as Friday  —  Wenner Media, the owner of Rolling Stone and Men's Journal, has sold the magazine to American Media Inc.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Telegraph says Apple News has become the most effective third-party platform to drive readers to its sites and app; Telegraph posts about 240 articles/day  —  For The Telegraph, Apple News has become the most effective third-party platform at driving readers to its own sites and app …
Discussion: @digiday and @digihttpster
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Boston Globe says Facebook Messenger offers the easiest and cheapest way to send news notifications to mobile devices, sees 80% open rate in one week  —  The Boston Globe, like many publishers, wants to send breaking news notifications directly to people's phones.
Discussion: @digiday
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The intense search for a smoking gun tying Trump to Russia invites confirmation bias, forgeries, and fantasy  —  Fantasy, confirmation bias, and forgeries in the reaction to Trump.  —  BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief  —  The strange tale published today by BuzzFeed News of anti-Trump activists duped …
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Reporters formally object after Tillerson takes only one reporter on Asia trip; Tillerson said plane was too small but flight was on a Boeing 737-sized aircraft
Josh Meyer / Politico:
Profile of David Cay Johnston who began reporting on Trump in the 80's, wrote The Making of Donald Trump unofficial biography, and launched DCReport.org in 2016
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Condé Nast joins Adblock Plus' new Acceptable Ads Committee, which decides which adverts the company should whitelist
Discussion: Mashable
Kari Howard / Nieman Storyboard:
Q&A with Diarmid Mogg, the Scottish creator of Small Town Noir, a website unearthing old mugshots from a Pennsylvanian town and the stories behind them
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, approves AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner