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10:01 AM ET, March 30, 2017


 Top News: 
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Guardian's US operation has struggled due to a lack of business strategy, huge costs incurred by ambitious stories, and reluctance to erect a paywall
Discussion: @mccanner
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
The second largest fake news network on record is a group of at least 33 websites, including, that largely eschew political coverage  —  Some of the sites' hits include “Father of 23 Kids Only Had Sex at Night, Because He Thought Sperm Was Sleep” and “60 KKK Members Commit Suicide …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: FCC expected to reverse UHF rule that hindered TV station owners from buying more stations, easing a potential Sinclair-Tribune Media deal and more  —  Proposal would restore ‘UHF discount’ in calculating audience share  —  WASHINGTON—Federal regulators plan to reverse an Obama-era rule …
Discussion: USA Today, Law360 and Fierce Cable
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
JPMorgan Chase has limited its display ads to about 5K pre-approved websites, and aims to restrict YouTube ads to a human-checked list of 1K channels  —  As of a few weeks ago, advertisements for JPMorgan Chase were appearing on about 400,000 websites a month.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBC, BuzzFeed, and Snap team up for 2018 winter Olympic coverage; NBC and Buzzfeed to produce content for Snapchat Discover, Snap to provide ad-sales packages  —  NBC, Snap Inc. and BuzzFeed will be jumping back into the Olympics rings next year.  —  The broadcaster will work with BuzzFeed …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Pandora, facing continued pressure by investor Corvex to sell, has to convert some of its 81M users from free radio to its Premium $9.99/month service  —  Music streaming app is best shot to spur growth, cut losses  —  Activist Corvex with 8.8% stake urges company to weigh options
Discussion: Recode and TechCrunch
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
How 100 Days in Appalachia builds a national audience by involving West Virginia students, pro advisers, and contributors for nuanced stories beyond coal miners  —  “Everyone's talking to coal miners; we want to introduce you to somebody else that you're not expecting to see."
Discussion: @mlcalderone and @sdkstl
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Google ad fiasco gives TV networks ammunition ahead of upfront negotiations as analysts estimate a loss of about $750M in revenue for Google  —  Channels pitch advertisers amid uproar over Google's placement of ads on objectionable content  —  When Hallmark Channel makes its annual pitch …
Discussion: Ad Age and @jbflint
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Facebook opens 360-degree streaming to all users with compatible devices  —  Facebook just made live streaming 360-degree video relatively easy, provided you have the equipment to capture the content.  Users of devices like the new 2017 model Gear 360 just announced at the S8 smartphone launch …
Jim Coudal / The Deck:
Ad network The Deck, used by blogs including Daring Fireball and Kottke, to shut down after 11 years  —  We started The Deck in 2006 and for the first couple years it struggled.  By 2008, it was an OK business and by 2009, it was a pretty good business.  From then through 2013, The Deck was going along just fine.
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton criticizes Press Sec Spicer for cutting reporter April Ryan off during press conference, Bill O'Reilly for comment about politician's hair  —  Only a few hours apart on Tuesday, two black women were confronted by white, male public figures in exchanges that many viewed as demeaning and disparaging.
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 More News: 
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
VC-backed, ad-dependent publishers struggle to reach a goal of $100M in revenue per year, with few reaching that mark of scaled success
Discussion: @mattervc
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson brings two pool reporters from Reuters and Fox News on his trip to Turkey and Belgium
Discussion: @mlcalderone
Jane Martinson / The Guardian:
Ofcom sets network quotas for BBC, forcing it to spend a fixed minimum amount of its programming budget on its regional newsrooms outside London
 Earlier Picks: 
The Daily Beast:
Sources: ex-Breitbart writer filed a complaint to the DoJ, claiming the site was acting as a de-facto foreign agent for its DC landlord, an Egyptian politician
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
House passes resolution that lets ISPs sell customers' browsing history without user permission, 215 to 205 along party lines