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8:10 PM ET, March 7, 2016


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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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCU veteran Alison Moore joins SoundCloud as chief revenue officer  —  SoundCloud Appoints NBCUniversal Veteran to Executive Role  —  A month after reporting wide losses, music streaming startup SoundCloud is bringing in an experienced television executive to oversee its moneymaking businesses.
Discussion: Re/code, TechCrunch and The Wrap
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Michael Finnegan Named President of Atlantic Media  —  Atlantic Media has promoted Michael Finnegan from chief operating officer to president.  Finnegan has only served as COO for the past six months.  —  Finngan joined Atlantic Media in 2o11 as director of business development and analytics.
Discussion: Media Wire Daily, Folio and FishbowlDC
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  —  New York Magazine Building Out Branded Content Studio  —  Magazine Poached Justin Montanino From Fusion To Run It
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
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 …
Jennifer Van Grove / The San Diego Union …:
Amazon to open its second physical bookshop in San Diego this summer  —  Amazon Books to open at UTC in summer … Amazon will open its second physical bookstore, appropriately named Amazon Books, this summer at Westfield UTC mall, according to new signage posted in front of the e-commerce company's future brick-and-mortar location.
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Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
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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
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Apple loses Supreme Court appeal in ebook price-fixing case, must pay $450M
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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
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