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3:45 PM ET, March 1, 2018

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Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Twitter says it's seeking proposals from experts to assess its “health” and whether it's fostering positive debate or enabling “abuse, spam, and manipulation”  —  Twitter, like other major tech companies, has faced a year of punishing criticism, as it's been roiled by misinformation …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Tow Center's Jonathan Albright on how disinformation spreads across platforms: “the ways we get news ... are literally disintegrating around us”  —  “The kinds of things that I often see could literally be stopped by one person.  I mean: 4chan trending on Google during the Las Vegas shooting?
Natalia Drozdiak / Wall Street Journal:
EU announces guidelines mandating that tech firms remove terror content within one hour of it being flagged by law enforcement or Europol  —  EU announces guidelines to tech giants for removing terror and other illegal content from their websites  —  BRUSSELS—The European Union on Thursday upped …
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Paris Martineau / The Outline:
After removing some conspiracy and pro-gun videos and channels, YouTube says it will reinstate videos that were removed in error by moderators
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sony Music owns 5.7% of Spotify's shares, which is more than other music labels and potentially worth $1.1B based on a $20B valuation  —  Now it has to figure out how to divide that money with Beyonce and its other artists.  —  Spotify's coming IPO is validation for CEO Daniel Ek, who has built a giant music streaming business.
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Dan Primack / Axios:
Spotify files with SEC for $1B direct listing, will use SPOT as stock symbol; reports 71M paid subs, up 46% YoY, $4.09B revenue in 2017, up from $2.95B in 2016
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:   Spotify had 159M MAUs in December 2017, up 29% YoY, of which 71M were premium subs; CEO Daniel Ek owns 23.8% of the firm, co-founder Martin Lorentzon has 12.4%
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks says she's resigning in coming weeks; sources say she has been considering leaving for several months  —  Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of President Trump's longest-serving advisers, said Wednesday that she was resigning.
Gary Dinges / Austin American-Statesman:
Texas Monthly editor-in-chief Tim Taliaferro to become chief innovation officer in May, with Rich Oppel stepping in as interim editor-in-chief  —  There's been a management shakeup at Texas Monthly.  —  The Austin-based magazine said Thursday that current editor-in-chief Tim Taliaferro …
Matt Brian / Engadget:
UK's Sky announces deal with Netflix granting access to all of Netflix's content to Sky customers with Sky Q boxes following the example of BT and Virgin Media  —  While Sky continues to wade through multi-billion dollar bids from Fox and Comcast, the UK pay-TV provider has quietly …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook says it found no additional evidence of Russia-linked ads during Brexit campaign in 2016 after launching standalone investigation in January 2018  —  Investigation uncovers no coordinated Russian-linked activity in addition to the 71p of ad spend reported in December
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
AMC Networks annual revenue grew 1.8% YoY to $2.8B as quarterly revenue fell 0.4% QoQ to $727M; total subscribers grew 3% to 11M for the full year  —  AMC Networks delivered a solid gain in total subscribers in 2017, thanks in part to the wave of digital MVPD services that launched last year.
 
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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Amazon starts selling pay-per-view packages of UFC's weekend matches, which will be available via Prime Video for $64.99 but not require a Prime membership
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Source: Jay Penske sells minority stake of Penske Media Corp to Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund for $200M+, valuing Penske's company around $1B
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Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of The Disconnect, an online magazine featuring essays, fiction, and poetry that only reveals its content to readers when they disconnect from the web
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Daily Star editor Dawn Neesom has resigned and Daily Express editor Hugh Whittow is expected to resign Thursday following Trinity Mirror takeover
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / WWD:
Vogue and Vice put on hold their collaboration, Project Vs, due to launch today; source says sexual harassment allegations at Vice caused loss of sponsorships