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3:05 AM ET, March 26, 2017

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Washington Post:
Analysis finds ads for big brands placed on politically extreme and derogatory content across the web, highlighting broader issues with programmatic advertising  —  Follow The Post's tech blog, The Switch, where technology and policy connect.  —  As the owner of a small business in liberal Massachusetts …
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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 …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Sources: White House press official Boris Epshteyn, a college friend of Eric Trump's known for tangling with TV network staff, is let go from press job  —  Boris Epshteyn, an official in the White House press office who had a contentious relationship with television producers and was once …
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: Mediaite, IJR and Variety
Washington Post:
Journalism ethics lecture by Washington Post's Martin Baron: “We owe it to the public to steer society clear of the world that George Orwell imagined”  —  Executive Editor Martin Baron delivered the Oweida Lecture in Journalism Ethics to students and faculty at Penn State University.
Discussion: @sambrook and @sulliview
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
 
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