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6:50 PM ET, March 7, 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.
Joe Uchill / The Hill:
Wikileaks releases large cache of alleged CIA classified documents, detailing hacking tools for iPhones and Android phones, Samsung smart TVs, and more  —  WikiLeaks on Tuesday published a massive trove of documents purportedly pertaining to the CIA's hacking programs …
Angus Crawford / BBC:
As BBC probed Facebook's failure to remove 82 of 100 sexualized images of children it had flagged, Facebook reported BBC to UK's police and canceled interview  —  Facebook has been criticised for its handling of reports about sexualised images of children on its platform.
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.
Discussion: Adweek, New York Post and @ndhapple
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Forbes begins rolling out new mobile site, which it says loads in 0.8 seconds, introduces new story format called Cards, modelled after Snapchat Stories  —  PWAs are backed by Google and promise one thing above all else: speed.  —  With its intersitial quotes and lengthy load times …
Kim Hart / Axios:
Trump renominates FCC Chairman Pai to another term, which runs through 2021  —  President Trump has renominated FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to another term at the agency, a Senate aide has confirmed to Axios.  The White House was hoping to move renomination papers to the Senate today ahead …
Oriana Schwindt / Variety:
BBC Worldwide and ITV's joint streaming service, BritBox, launches in the US for $7/month, available on web, AppleTV, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices  —  BritBox, the streaming child of British media giants BBC Worldwide and ITV, has officially launched stateside.
Discussion: Digiday, TechCrunch, The Verge and Fortune
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  —  “A Day Without A Woman” will be a day without content for some outlets.  —  Women's solidarity march, Washington DC, USA - 21 Jan 2017
CNN launches immersive journalism and virtual reality unit, CNNVR, which will cover major news events and produce VR livestreams  —  CNN announced today the official launch of CNNVR - a new immersive journalism unit and virtual reality platform within CNN Digital.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Fast Company and Engadget
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Filing: pay dropped 13% YoY for New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., to $5.1M; CEO Mark Thompson's pay dropped 43% YoY following 2015 retention bonus  —  NYT editor: Trump's attacks are “failing”  —  The New York Times' leadership took significant pay cuts last year …
Discussion: The Wrap and @dylanbyers
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