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2:40 PM ET, March 5, 2018


 Top News: 
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Early estimates from Nielsen suggest ratings for Sunday's 90th Academy Awards dropped significantly since last year's show  —  Live viewership of the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony was down significantly from the 2017 telecast, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings for ABC's nearly four-hour telecast.
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times promotes Deputy Culture Editor Patrick Healy to role of politics editor  —  Patrick Healy has been named politics editor.  Read more in this memo from Dean Baquet, Joe Kahn and Matt Purdy.  —  The midterm elections are shaping up as an epic battle …
Joey Rhyu / Facebook Media:
Facebook has been testing a breaking news label for articles, is expanding that beta to 50 more publishers in Latin America, North America, Europe, Australia  —  Earlier this year we made a commitment to show more high quality news on Facebook.  People tell us they want to see informative news …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A look at NewsGuard, led by Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz, which has raised $6M and plans to use journalists to rate reliability of ~7,500 online news sources  —  Media entrepreneur Steven Brill thinks there's something missing from all the efforts to separate fake news from the real kind: Some smart and discerning humans.
Jay Solomon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalist Jay Solomon lost his job as a foreign correspondent with the Wall Street Journal after being targeted by hackers who were likely state sponsored  —  How hacked emails and a yacht in Monaco ended my career  —  Off the coast of Monaco in the summers of 2014 and 2015 …
Discussion: @jpodhoretz
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Profile of PragerU, a nonprofit site whose five minute explainer videos, presented by well-known conservative pundits, have amassed 1B+ YouTube, Facebook views  —  A right-wing online “university” is on track for a billion views in 2018, its professors are some of the best-known conservatives in media …
Discussion: The Outline
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The world - and Hollywood - has changed since last year's Oscars, thanks to courageous reporting by the press on men like Harvey Weinstein  —  The world has changed since last year's Oscars — and for the better.  —  So let's not forget what got us there: great journalism.
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
A “Spotify for News” won't work for the same reasons Spotify itself is struggling: competition from the “big four” in tech, which will ramp up over time  —  Spotify's IPO is scheduled for this spring.  Its SEC Filing offers an interesting perspective on the future of the news industry.
Discussion: One Man & His Blog
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Turkish government attempts to clamp down on country's digital media with proposed law which will make broadcasting via internet illegal without a license  —  ISTANBUL — Having already brought Turkey's mainstream media to heel, and made considerable headway in rolling back Turkish democracy …
Tom McKay / Gizmodo:
YouTube says it did not tell Alex Jones his Infowars channel would be deleted from the site on Sunday; as of Sunday evening, it was still available  —  Conspiracy theorist and Infowars founder Alex Jones, that guy who thinks the government is flooding waterways with chemicals that turn frogs gay …
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Mars Woo / DealStreetAsia:
Bilibili, China's biggest video streaming platform for anime, is planning an IPO in the US and hopes to raise $400M
Discussion: Variety
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Outlier Media, a free text message-based news service for low-income residents in Detroit offering to check the public record of houses or landlords
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