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5:35 AM ET, March 25, 2017

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New York Times:
YouTube's advertiser exodus highlights the perils of programmatic advertising on a platform with 400 hours of content uploaded every minute  —  When Google acquired YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion, it was considered a pricey gamble, one made with the belief that an online service known …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
InfoWars' Alex Jones apologizes to Pizzagate restaurant's owner a day before becoming exposed to punitive damages in potential libel suit under Texas law  —  Alex Jones, the conspiracy-loving media personality, apologized Friday for his role in promoting “Pizzagate,” the baseless viral story …
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
Sources: Fox News fires comptroller after 19 years following complaints of racist comments and behavior  —  Fox News has fired longtime comptroller Judy Slater after an internal investigation concluded she had engaged in a pattern of racist comments and behavior, TheWrap has learned.
Discussion: Variety
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Sources: Comcast has acquired rights from cable network owners to offer their channels nationwide  —  Agreements give cable giant option to offer channels online  —  Comcast said to have no immediate plans to go beyond territory  —  Comcast Corp. has acquired rights from cable network owners …
Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed:
FBI agents posed as documentary filmmakers to infiltrate militia in 2014 Nevada standoff  —  The name for the fake documentary was America Reloaded.  —  FBI agents posed as documentary filmmakers to talk to militia members during an armed standoff in the Nevada desert …
Reuters:
British hedge fund firm Brevan Howard has been granted an injunction to prevent Reuters from publishing a story it says is based on confidential information  —  Brevan Howard Asset Management, a British hedge fund firm, has been granted an injunction to prevent Reuters publishing a story it says is based on confidential information.
Reuters:
Sources: AMC Networks is planning commercial-free streaming service for about $4.99-$6.99/month for people who subscribe to AMC via cable TV  —  AMC Networks Inc, whose shows include “The Walking Dead,” is planning to launch a commercial-free online video streaming service aimed at millennial TV subscribers …
Steven Millward / Tech in Asia:
Taiwan's The News Lens, now with 6M readers across four editions in Chinese and English, adds a lifestyle sub-brand after securing Series B round  —  While the media industry flails and self-flagellates over fake news and the inscrutable powers of the Facebook newsfeed …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Some independent publishers that moved to Medium in 2016, like The Establishment and Film School Rejects, are doubtful of subscription model's revenue potential  —  Late last summer, Kelley Calkins and her team began discussions with Medium to take their burgeoning company in a new direction.
David Sharman / HoldTheFrontPage:
The Christchurch Times, long-defunct sister publication to UK regional daily The Bournemouth Echo, is revived almost 35 years after closure  —  A regional daily has revived a weekly sister newspaper which has not been published for almost 35 years.  —  The Bournemouth Echo has announced …
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 …
Will Oremus / Slate:
News organizations are beginning to recognize that Trump's dishonesty is the defining feature of his presidency and should be covered as such  —  Not just falsehood by falsehood, but as the defining feature of his presidency.  —  Donald Trump is not on the cover of Time this week, and that must gall him.
 
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Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Source: Benny Johnson has been demoted from his role as IJR's chief content officer after an internal review concluded he violated several company standards
Caroline Scott / Journalism.co.uk:
How Norwegian weekly newspaper Kommunal Rapport uses data journalism to build its digital presence
Hollywood Reporter:
The Hollywood Reporter retracts post saying Trump organization sent cease-and-desist letter to teen behind cat website
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
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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
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Judge approves class action settlement that will see The Hollywood Reporter pay out $900K for misclassifying freelancers
Daina Beth Solomon / Los Angeles Business …:
Filing: Oaktree sells Tronc holdings back to company in $56M deal, days after Patrick Soon-Shiong increased holdings to become second-largest shareholder
James Cook / Business Insider:
Filing: SoundCloud raises $70M in debt funding to build a “financially sustainable platform”, following a $100M raise in June 2016
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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
How the Internet Archive plans to defend its digital lending practices as it appeals a US court's 2023 ruling; IA says it was forced to remove over 500K books

Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
In response to plagiarism allegations, Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas says the company “is not ignoring” robots.txt, but does rely on third-party web crawlers

 
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