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8:50 AM ET, March 24, 2017

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Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:
Senate votes 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations requiring that ISPs ask before sharing customer data  —  The Senate voted Thursday to make it easier for internet service providers to share sensitive information about their customers, a first step in overturning landmark privacy rules …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter confirms it is considering a paid TweetDeck subscription service with new features including analytics and breaking news alerts for brands and news orgs  —  New analytics inside TweetDeck  —  Twitter is considering offering a paid subscription to power users, including brands and news organizations, The Verge has confirmed.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: a bitter feud has emerged between Patrick Soon-Shiong and Michael Ferro as they compete for larger stakes in Tronc  —  Ousted director Patrick Soon-Shiong adds to stake in Los Angeles Times publisher, setting up for showdown with its biggest shareholder and chairman Michael Ferro
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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Sources: Facebook, Amazon, Twitter and YouTube are bidding to stream NFL's Thursday night football games next season  —  These streams are the highest-profile sports rights currently on the market.  —  The NFL is selling the rights to stream its “Thursday Night Football” games next season …
Discussion: @vij and @edmundlee
Hollywood Reporter:
Disney extends Bob Iger's contract as CEO until July 2019 amid concerns that there is no immediate successor within the company's executive ranks  —  The exec has now re-upped his contract until July 2, 2019 amid concerns among industry observers that there is no heir apparent within the company's executive ranks.
Jeff Gammage / Philly.com:
Philadelphia Media Network guild members vote down contract that would have ended seniority protections in the event of a layoff  —  Journalists and other union members at the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com have decisively rejected a contract offer that would have provided solid …
Caroline Scott / Journalism.co.uk:
How Norwegian weekly newspaper Kommunal Rapport uses data journalism to build its digital presence  —  Since 2010, the title has increased its turnover by 40 per cent as a result of transforming into a digital-first news outlet  —  A Norwegian news organisation has transformed its output …
James Cook / Business Insider:
Filing: SoundCloud raises $70M in debt funding to build a “financially sustainable platform”, following a $100M raise in June 2016  —  Music streaming service SoundCloud has raised $70 million (£56 million) in debt funding, according to documents filed with Companies House in the UK.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Conservative media's newfound prominence in the age of Trump means it is now subject to increased scrutiny and higher standards of accuracy  —  These should be high times for conservative news outlets, what with like-minded officials and operatives in control of virtually every important office in Washington.
Discussion: @farhip and The Week
Paola Nalvarte / Journalism in the Americas:
Miroslava Breach Velducea, 54, shot and killed leaving her home in Chihuahua, becoming the third Mexican journalist killed this month  —  Journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea, 54, was killed on the morning of March 23 after receiving at least four shots to the head.
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Judge approves class action settlement that will see The Hollywood Reporter pay out $900K for misclassifying freelancers  —  Over three years after The Hollywood Reporter was accused of playing fast and loose with how it classified contributors to get out of paying benefits and more …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Chartbeat and CrowdTangle expand Offsite Social globally, offering publishers more data on social engagement and distribution  —  Chartbeat and CrowdTangle today announced a major expansion of a tool for measuring how stories are performing on social platforms.
Hollywood Reporter:
The Hollywood Reporter retracts post saying Trump organization sent cease-and-desist letter to teen behind cat website  —  “The letter did not come from us,” says a top attorney for the president's company as significant doubts are raised about the authenticity of the communication.
 
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Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / WWD:
Sources: American Media Inc. cuts about 40 jobs at Us Weekly, including Editor in Chief Michael Steele and Editorial Director Jaimee Zanzinger
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media moves into scripted content with short-form and original programming coming to its US website