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3:25 PM ET, March 17, 2017

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The Guardian:
French marketing agency Havas, which spends about $217M/year in UK for clients like O2, joins British govt, 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
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 …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
The Association of National Advertisers calls for independent ad data audits at Amazon, Foursquare, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat and Twitter  —  Amazon, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Foursquare were all put on notice by an advertiser group demanding they open up their walled gardens.
Discussion: @media_sense and @adage
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.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
ABC News updates tvOS app enabling users to view up to 4 streams at once on a single screen  —  News junkies, rejoice.  ABC News is rolling out an updated Apple TV application, live today, which makes the news division the first to offer a simultaneous multi-stream viewing experience in its tvOS application.
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.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
211 journalists killed in six-year Syrian civil war, with at least 21 held hostage or missing and at least 26 imprisoned, according to Reporters Without Borders  —  Some 211 journalists and citizen journalists have been killed in the course of Syria's civil war, which began with a wave …
Discussion: @pressgazette and @rebecca_vincent
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 …
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
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
 
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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.