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10:40 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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Tess Townsend / Recode:
YouTube's ad mess gives advertisers leverage for what they really want: More data  —  Advertisers are tired of just trusting Google.  —  As far as advertisers are concerned, there are really only two ways to place ads online: The “open web” where you can track the ads, and “walled gardens” where you can't.
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
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
Behind the scenes at Merriam-Webster, which despite its reputation as a social media powerhouse is still a decidedly bricks-and-mortar operation  —  SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Merriam-Webster, the oldest dictionary publisher in America, has turned itself into a social media powerhouse over the past few years.
Discussion: Mashable
Walt Hickey / FiveThirtyEight:
How a translation error in the late 1800s led to The New York Times reporting about life on Mars  —  While the hard realities of Mars — it'll mess with our bodies, our minds and our spaceships — matter a whole lot when we consider traveling to the red planet, it's also worth thinking …
Sophia Tareen / Associated Press:
US judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee, jailed at home twice for irreverent YouTube videos  —  CHICAGO (AP) — A blogger from Singapore who was jailed for his online posts blasting his government was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge ruled.
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 …
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 …
 
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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
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