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10:40 AM ET, March 8, 2017


 Top News: 
Kaveh Waddell / The Atlantic:
WikiLeaks press release hints at “impactful stories” in its document cache as reporters wrestle with how to approach the information  —  Since around the time of the presidential election in November, the U.S. media has taken a hard look at its tumultuous love affair with WikiLeaks.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
The company behind Jim Brady's Billy Penn, Spirited Media, is merging with news startup Denverite; Brady will lead the new company, also called Spirited Media  —  After combining with Denverite, the company behind Billy Penn and The Incline hopes to prove its events-heavy model can work in a dozen or more cities.
Discussion: @ckrewson, @jbenton, @jimbrady and Denverite
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
DNAinfo, owned by Republican mega-donor and Trump backer Joe Ricketts, has acquired the Gothamist network of sites; deal believed to be in low seven figures  —  DNAinfo, a local news company owned by the Republican mega-donor and Trump backer Joe Ricketts, will announce Wednesday morning …
Discussion: @joepompeo, @willsommer and @willsommer
Beatrice Britneff / iPolitics:
CBC announces structural changes, will divide news into three areas, Daily News, Depth and Context, and Investigative, hints at new plans for The National  —  Steve Ladurantaye named managing editor of flagship TV news program The National  —  The news division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation …
Discussion: and @mathewi
Annie Karni / Politico:
WH official Boris Epshteyn upset staff and pundits at TV networks by making racially insensitive and borderline homophobic comments before appearances  —  Boris Epshteyn, who pushes Trump's message out on the airwaves, has offended network bookers and contributors across Washington.
Ben Sullivan / Motherboard:
Bellingcat, the open source investigations site, launches a Kickstarter campaign to fund expansion of training and archiving  —  When open source investigation network Bellingcat launched off the back of a Kickstarter campaign in 2014, founder Eliot Higgins probably never imagined his work …
Discussion: Kickstarter and One Man & His Blog
Ken Doctor /
Sources: Tronc nears deal to buy Us Weekly from Wenner Media, likely for $85M-$95M after American Media's attempt to buy the magazine fell through  —  Tronc (TRNC) , the third-largest U.S. newspaper company, is closing in on a deal to buy Us Weekly from Jann Wenner's Wenner Media.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vimeo adds support for 360-degree videos, which are seen as a precursor to VR, allowing creators to sell videos in the format directly to consumers  —  Vimeo creators will now be able to sell the immsersive videos directly to consumers.  —  Vimeo is adding support for 360-degree videos …
Robert J. McNamara / Poynter:
Steven Spielberg's new movie about the Pentagon Papers should be about the New York Times, not the Washington Post  —  Journalist, novelist, and screenwriter John Gregory Dunne wrote an entertaining book, “Monster: Living Off the Big Screen,” about a movie project that rattled along for years.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify announces it has acquired audio detection and music discovery startup Sonalytic  —  Streaming music service Spotify announced this morning it has acquired a company called Sonalytic, makers of an audio detection technology that can identify songs, mixed content and audio clips …
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Interview with John Keefe, developer at Quartz's new Bot Studio, about @NewsNerdBot, which tries to answer questions for conference attendees
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Turner and Warner Bros. announce Boomerang, an ad-free cartoon subscription streaming service to launch this spring, for $4.99/month or $39.99/year
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Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / WWD:
Women's news sites like Bustle and The Cut are going on strike for IWD protest on Weds; Jezebel will be run by male staff members for the day