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8:20 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 …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook says it's ending test in six countries that moved Pages' posts from News Feed to secondary Explore Feed, is also ending Explore Feed bookmark globally  —  Facebook has ended a test that put publishers in one feed and friends in another.  —  Facebook has decided it's a bad idea …
CNNMoney:
John Moody, who wrote an inflammatory Fox News column about the Olympics that was later taken down, has retired  —  Fox News exec slams Olympic committee's focus on diversity  —  John Moody, the longtime Fox News executive who wrote a controversial column about the US Olympic committee last month …
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 …
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Hasan Minhaj, a Daily Show correspondent, gets his own Netflix talk show, with 32 episodes, becoming the first Indian-American to host a weekly comedy show  —  The 32-episode order makes Minhaj the first Indian-American to host a weekly comedy show.  —  Hasan Minhaj is moving his comedy to Netflix.
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Maria Contreras-Sweet says her investment group has reached a deal to buy Weinstein Company assets  —  Maria Contreras-Sweet's investor group has reached a deal to purchase assets of Weinstein Co., the former Obama administration official said Thursday.  —  “Our team is pleased to announce …
Discussion: New York Times, Reuters and Bloomberg
The Daily Beast:
Oath cancels online talk show The Morning Breath starring the Oshry sisters, a family of Instagram stars and daughters of Islamophobe Pamela Geller  —  The tech platform Oath has canceled a show starring several Instagram stars whose mother is famous conspiracy theorist and Islamophobe Pamela Geller.
Eric Johnson / Recode:
Interview with Katie Couric on her time at Yahoo: though it spent money on big-name reporters, it didn't know how to distribute and scale its quality content  —  “They hired some big names, and yet they were in the witness protection program.”  —  When Katie Couric joined Yahoo in 2014 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TVNewser
David Uberti / Splinter:
As a NY police union fights to keep body camera footage secret, a coalition of 13 media outlets joins RCFP in an effort to intervene in the case  —  In January, just months after the New York Police Department released body camera footage of a police shooting for the first time …
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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.
Discussion: Variety, Rolling Stone, Fortune and Variety
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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
 
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Alex Hern / The Guardian:
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