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11:50 AM ET, March 23, 2017

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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
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Breitbart investigative reporter Lee Stranahan resigns, saying it was partly because Washington editor Matthew Boyle told him he was no longer allowed at the WH  —  DEVIN NUNES, FEBRUARY 16: “It's not just about what leaked ... This is a state here that's falling apart …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Medium launches memberships for $5/month, directing early revenue to writers, eventually giving access to exclusive stories and an offline reading list  —  You don't really get anything yet  —  Medium has just launched its subscription service, which for $5 per month will give subscribers access to... something, eventually.
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.
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
US Senate begins debate on resolution to roll back FCC's broadband privacy regulations  —  Vote expected tomorrow on resolution  —  The Senate began debate late Wednesday on invalidating the FCC's broadband privacy regs, adopted last October by a divided FCC whose dissenters are now in the majority.
Jeremy Gerard / Deadline:
The New York Times names New York magazine's Jesse Green co-chief theater critic in wake of Charles Isherwood's departure  —  The New York Times poached New York magazine's Jesse Green to be co-chief theater critic with longtime Number One, Ben Brantley.  The hiring, effective May 1 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media moves into scripted content with short-form and original programming coming to its US website  —  Inks exclusive distribution pact with startup studio Blackpills  —  Vice Media, which has built its brand for more than two decades largely around news, documentaries and other nonfiction fare …
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Despite Google's assurances, AT&T, Verizon, others pull ads from Google and YouTube over concerns ads could appear next to content promoting terrorism and hate  —  SAN FRANCISCO — AT&T says it's pulling its business from Google and YouTube despite the Internet giant's pledge this week …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Memo: The Guardian announces job cuts at US newsroom, after plan to move NY HQ to Kushner-owned building was scrapped at a cost, according to sources, of $250K  —  The Guardian's US operation announced a fresh round of cuts two days after BuzzFeed News reported that it had backed out of a move to a Kushner-owned building.
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Hadas Gold / @hadas_gold:   Staff memo: The Guardian's UK newsroom also likely to be hit by layoffs
 
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Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:
Six March Madness games to be offered in VR; single court camera for $2 per game, multiple camera angles for $3 per game or $8 for all six
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
Media Matters founder David Brock, 54, is recovering from a heart attack he suffered Tuesday in Washington
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Opinion page of Murdoch's Wall Street Journal harshly rebukes Trump, saying he's damaging his presidency with stream of falsehoods and evidence-free accusations
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Tim Marema, editor of The Daily Yonder, a site run by the nonprofit Center for Rural Strategies, which covers rural issues and policy
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Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
Trump Organization lawyers sent cease and desist letter to teen behind cat website, which allows users to scratch photos of the President with virtual cat paws
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Kids' digital media startup Pocketwatch, led by former Maker Studios executive Chris M. Williams, raises $6M from investors including CBS' Leslie Moonves
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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of CrowdStrike, founded in 2011 and used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500; Gartner: CrowdStrike has ~15% of the global security software market

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
The UK and US announce the arrest of a 17-year-old boy from Walsall, UK, suspected of being connected to the ransomware attack against MGM Resorts in 2023

 
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