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7:50 PM ET, March 16, 2016


 Top News: 
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Major sites including New York Times and BBC hit by ‘ransomware’ malvertising  —  Adverts hijacked by malicious campaign that demands payment in bitcoin to unlock user computers  —  A number of major news websites have seen adverts hijacked by a malicious campaign that attempts to install …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Trump campaign blocks Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger from Tuesday night press conference  —  POLITICO reporter denied access to Trump event  —  POLITICO reporter Ben Schreckinger was denied entry to Donald Trump's press conference on Tuesday night, despite having previously been granted credentials by the campaign.
Tina Nguyen / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Breitbart News Chairman Stephen Bannon must approve everything written about Trump at site
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Salon
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Les Moonves says CBS will sell, swap, or spin off its radio assets in the coming year  —  CBS Plans to Sell Radio Station Group  —  CBS plans to sell or spinoff its radio assets in the coming year, acknowledging that the business has become slow-growth and a drain on resources …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Forbes investigates after ‘contributor’ asks PR for £300 to write online profile  —  Freelance journalist asked for ‘someone to fund my time’ saying they were 'only paid a very small sum by Forbes which doesn't stretch far'  —  US business publisher Forbes has launched an investigation …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler poised to circulate draft order approving Charter-TWC deal as soon as this week, with clauses ensuring growth of online video  —  FCC Drafting Order to Approve Charter-Time Warner Cable Deal  —  Order, expected as soon as this week, will set conditions focusing on promoting online video competition
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Producers of Spotlight movie, Open Road Films, acknowledge fictionalized dialog after Boston College worker Jack Dunn asks for scene to be removed  —  ‘Spotlight’ Distributor Absolves Boston Man of Complicity in the Church Cover-Up  —  EMAIL ME  —  Open Road, which distributed the Oscar-winning movie …
New York Times:
Analytics firm Jellybooks shares ebook data: most ebooks not read in full by a majority of readers, and just 5% of ebooks finish by more than 75% of readers  —  Moneyball for Book Publishers: A Detailed Look at How We Read  —  Andrew Rhomberg wants to be the Billy Beane of the book world.
Nathalie Tadena / Wall Street Journal:
Retailer Lord & Taylor settles with FTC for not making clear disclosures that it paid for Nylon magazine article and social influencer Instagram posts  —  Lord & Taylor Reaches Settlement with FTC Over Native Ad Disclosures  —  FTC said retailer didn't make clear that it paid for magazine article, social influencer posts
Washington Post:
Chinese website publishes, then pulls, explosive letter calling for President Xi's resignation  —  Two weeks after China's President toured state media offices and called for absolute loyalty from the press, a website with links to the government published an explosive letter asking him to resign …
Jacob Silverman / The Baffler:
How a writer went from earning $150 per piece for the Atlantic to $2K for one story for its paid content wing, and discovered there is money in journalism  —  The Rest Is Advertising  —  Recently, I landed the tech-journalism equivalent of a Thomas Pynchon interview: I got someone from Twitter to answer my call.
Geoffrey Mohan / Los Angeles Times:
Tribune Publishing's bid for O.C. Register faces antitrust hurdles, DOJ says  —  Newspaper boxes outside the Orange County Register in Santa Ana.  A $45.5-million bid from Digital First Media for the assets of parent Freedom Communications will be the “stalking horse” bid in an auction Wednesday.
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
CNN investing $20M, hiring 200+ and cutting 50+ in shift to better compete with new media firms like BuzzFeed, adds team for custom Snapchat, Facebook content  —  CNN to Pump $20 Million Into Digital Expansion  —  Turner network plans to hire over 200 people, invest in mobile and video products
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:
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Associated Press:
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Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice to expand to Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Croatia by year end
Discussion: Variety and Guardian
Ece Toksabay / Reuters:
Turkey arrests three academics on ‘terrorist propaganda’ charges
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New York Times:
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