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12:05 AM ET, March 8, 2016


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Michael R. Bloomberg /
Michael Bloomberg says he won't enter presidential race because he can't win and running could lead to a victory by Donald Trump or Ted Cruz  —  The Risk I Will Not Take  —  Americans today face a profound challenge to preserve our common values and national promise.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Facebook announces a WordPress plugin that lets publishers easily create Instant Articles  —  As Facebook prepares to roll out Instant Articles to all publishers next month, the company said Monday that it's partnering with's parent Automattic to release an Instant Article WordPress plugin.
Sheila Burke / Associated Press:
Fox reporter Erin Andrews awarded $55M in suit against hotel owners and stalker after being secretly recorded nude at hotel  —  Jurors award Erin Andrews $55M in suit over nude video  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury awarded Erin Andrews $55 million on Monday in her lawsuit against a stalker …
Richard Deitsch /
Amid Andrews trial, female sports reporters open up about safety  —  Female sports reporters speak out on own experiences following Erin Andrews trial  —  During her years working on the broadcast teams for the Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and MLB Network, Trenni Kusnierek estimates she traveled about 150-200 days per year.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Hulk Hogan's lawyer says Gawker posted sex tape to ‘harm’ him  —  That was the message from Hogan's attorney Shane Vogt to jurors on Monday, as Hogan's $100 million civil trial against Gawker Media kicked off in St. Petersburg, Florida.  —  Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, will testify later in the day.
Oliver Ellrodt / Reuters:
Turkey's Zaman vows to continue as opposition newspaper in German exile  —  Turkey's top-selling newspaper Zaman plans to continue publishing as an opposition daily in Germany after it was taken over by the state in its home country, the editor-in-chief of Zaman Almanya (Zaman Germany) said on Monday.
Claudia Grisales / Austin American-Statesman:
Condé Nast to open Austin digital media office in July, plans to employ about 50 in first year  —  Publishing giant Condé Nast to open Austin office, employ 50  —  Publishing giant Condé Nast, which owns more than a dozen major titles such as Vogue, Vanity Fair …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Virginia first state to legalize daily fantasy sports, firms to pay $50K reg fee, undergo two audits/year, impose policies to ensure players are 18 years+  —  Virginia becomes first state to formally legalize daily fantasy sports  —  Virginia today signed into law the “Fantasy Contests Act …
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
ComScore Stock Nosedives 34 Percent Following Annual Report Delay  —  ComScore has delayed the filing of its annual report — Form 10-K — due to “potential accounting matters,” the company said on Monday.  As a result, the stock has plummeted about 34 percent today.
Discussion: Fortune, Variety and Multichannel News
Logan Hill / Backchannel:
Snapchat's Discover feels like a lab where media firms experiment with short-form entertainment meant to be modified and shared  —  The New Media is Made of Memes  —  After months watching Snapchat's irresistible Discover stories, I am everything but informed
Discussion: @mekosoff
George Slefo / Ad Age:
IAB creates guide for publishers to combat ad blocking, worked with publishers including Gawker and BuzzFeed to find practical tactics  —  IAB Creates Guide for Publishers to Combat Ad Blocking  —  Organization Describes Six Tactics Including Paying the Ad Blockers
Julia Greenberg / Wired:   How adblockers like Adblock Plus, Ghostery, and others make money and track users
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Spy Magazine co-founders, Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter and Kurt Andersen, two reporters who covered Trump closely in 1980s, discuss the candidate  —  Decades Later, ‘Spy’ Magazine Founders Continue To Torment Trump  —  Listen to the Story  —  Soon after its launch in 1986 …
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Jeremy Barr / Ad Age:
New York Magazine building out branded content studio, poaches Justin Montanino, Fusion's director of development for branded content, to run it
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Michael Finnegan Named President of Atlantic Media
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITN unveils plan to shift focus from TV news to production, boost revenues by 50% within five years
Discussion: @charliebeckett
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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCU veteran Alison Moore joins SoundCloud as chief revenue officer
Discussion: TechCrunch, Re/code and The Wrap
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Apple loses Supreme Court appeal in ebook price-fixing case, must pay $450M
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
News nonprofits like American Media Institute rely on vets for editorial credibility, donors for funding; AMI's 2016 budget is $6.1M, largest donor is anonymous