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7:10 PM ET, March 17, 2017

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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Trump administration ramps up efforts to control media by giving preferential access to friendly outlets and excluding others  —  President Donald Trump said Friday that his administration “can get around the media when the media doesn't tell the truth, so I like that.”
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson excludes pool reporter representing US networks from DMZ meeting, allowing a team from Fox News to be admitted instead  —  During his trip to the Korean Demilitarized Zone Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson excluded the pool reporter representing U.S. networks …
The Guardian:
Top UK executive for French marketing agency Havas, Paul Frampton, says agency is joining British government, others in pulling ads from Google and YouTube  —  Havas becomes first major global marketing company to pull entire ad spend after talks with tech company break down
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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 to inappropriate and extremist content.
Reuters:
Havas ad agency spokeswoman denies company is pulling ads from Google and YouTube; CEO Yannick Bollore says he was unaware of British unit's decision  —  French advertising group Havas denied on Friday that it would pull advertising from Google platforms, contradicting comments attributed …
Discussion: The Drum and @yannickbollore
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
FBI arrests person who allegedly tweeted seizure-inducing strobe at Newsweek's Kurt Eichenwald  —  An arrest has been made three months after someone tweeted a seizure-inducing strobe at writer and Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald.  The Dallas FBI confirmed the arrest to The Verge today …
Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider:
Chance the Rapper says Apple paid him $500K “plus a commercial” to exclusively stream his album Coloring Book on Apple Music for two weeks  —  After some criticism about the artist's integrity and independence, Chance the Rapper made a series of tweets and revealed …
Roy Greenslade / The Guardian:
George Osborne's appointment as editor of the Evening Standard shows media owners' comfort with overt Tory partisanship, with disturbing democratic implications  —  George Osborne's appointment as editor of London Evening Standard confirms a trend with disturbing democratic implications
Discussion: @adambienkov
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BBC:
George Osborne, Conservative MP, has been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard; he intends to stay on as MP in new role
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
37 publishers have signed up for CrossCheck, spearheaded by non-profit First Draft News, as newsrooms put aside competitiveness in favor of collaboration  —  Three-week-old fact-checking coalition CrossCheck is gaining steam.  —  A total of 37 publishers are signed up to the project, spearheaded by non-profit First Draft News.
 
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Josh Russell / Courthouse News Service:
NYT brings a FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Justice, seeking records on legal reviews of Trump's executive orders, son-in-law's role, emoluments clause
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
ABC News updates tvOS app enabling users to view up to 4 streams at once on a single screen
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
Discussion: Mediaite
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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
Anya George Tharakan / Reuters:
YouTube signs a multi-year deal with esports platform FACEIT to stream its competitive gaming league, the Esports Championship Series
Discussion: Business Insider and 9to5Google
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
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
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.