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12:00 PM ET, March 2, 2018


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The Weinstein Company avoids bankruptcy through a $500M takeover led by Maria Contreras-Sweet; deal includes up to $90M in compensation for Weinstein accusers  —  Weinstein empire unravels amid scandal  —  The Weinstein Company's bankruptcy talk has been replaced by deal talk.
Tim Johnson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Spokesman for FL Senator Bill Nelson says Twitter representatives will provide briefing Monday on how Twitter was used to share hoaxes after Parkland shooting  —  WASHINGTON  —  Officials from Twitter Inc. are going to Capitol Hill to explain how impostors could carry off a hoax to undermine …
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 …
Paul Blumenthal / HuffPost:
A look at parallels between Internet Research Agency's tactics and's: using emotional, divisive content that increases clicks on social media  —  What Russia's dirty tricks campaign had in common with online media.  —  The troll operation liked divisive, emotionally charged content …
Discussion: @akbarsahmed
Peter Kafka / Recode:
BuzzFeed to start selling Tasty-branded cookware in Walmart stores and online; sales projected to make up ~25% of BuzzFeed's commerce group revenue this year  —  Tasty spatulas and other gadgets are coming to 4,000 stores.  —  BuzzFeed is looking for money wherever it can find it.
Discussion: Fast Company
Ken Kurson, former editor of NY Observer, says he's working with blogger David Wildstein, who was involved in Bridgegate, to relaunch a news site on NJ politics  —  Ken Kurson, the former editor of Jared Kushner's Observer who helped draft Donald Trump's 2016 AIPAC speech …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources detail what some describe as an unhappy work environment at Snap, where CEO Evan Spiegel retains tight control but has been empowering some executives  —  Employees won't get cash bonuses after missing internal goals  —  Spiegel said to be working to spread decision-making authority
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
ABC News, The Athletic, and Atlantic are contending for ownership of FiveThirtyEight, which averaged 4M-6M unique visitors/month in past year, ~21M in Nov. 2016  —  Statistics guru's website is poised to move on from a five-year tie-up with ESPN  —  The list of suitors for Nate Silver's …
Discussion: @shalini and Awful Announcing
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.
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 …
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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
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
Discussion: Fox News and Beyond Search
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
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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”