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12:45 PM ET, March 6, 2018

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Gwilym Mumford / The Guardian:
The 2018 Oscars experienced a 16% decline YoY in ratings, with 26.5M US viewers watching the four-hour broadcast; Trump mocked the figures on Twitter  —  Broadcast for 2018 Academy Awards attracted 26.5m viewers, a 16% drop on last year's ceremony … US president Donald Trump has mocked …
Silvia Foster-Frau / MySanAntonio.com:
Co-founder of conspiracy theory website Side Thorn arrested with partner for harassing father of Sutherland Springs victim, told him shooting didn't happen  —  Two conspiracy theorists who have pushed the idea that the mass shooting at Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5 didn't happen were arrested Monday …
Discussion: @evenbev and @lenpoz
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Subscription-based sports media site The Athletic has raised $20M Series C led by Evolution Media  —  The two-year-old startup plans to double staffing and expand across the U.S. and into international markets  —  The Athletic, a subscription-based sports media startup …
Discussion: Awful Announcing
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The Independent says BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan must have “misremembered” anecdote about traffic-boosting headline, mentioned during speech about press at uni  —  The Independent has said BBC media editor Amol Rajan “must have misremembered” an anecdote claiming he made a column …
New York Times:
Right-wing journalist Peter Schweizer plans to release a documentary on tech companies' role in filtering the news, casting them as censorious and oppressive  —  Conservatives are zeroing in on a new enemy in the political culture wars: Big Tech.  —  Arguing that Silicon Valley is stifling …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Funny Or Die is retiring its website and migrating over to Vox Media's platform; both are exploring potential collaborations on long-form entertainment  —  Funny Or Die is putting its aging web platform out to pasture.  —  Starting this summer, the digital comedy outfit will move FunnyOrDie.com …
Discussion: Tubefilter and Splitsider
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Profile of Phillip Picardi, chief content officer of Teen Vogue since January, who has launched a digital LGBT community platform for Condé Nast, called Them  —  Is Phillip Picardi, a former intern who now heads up Teen Vogue, the future of Condé Nast?  Anna Wintour seems to think so.
Discussion: Fashionista
Yahoo! Finance:
Indonesia blocks Tumblr for ignoring order to remove pornographic content, says 360 accounts contained porn, will make it accessible when Tumblr complies  —  Indonesia has blocked online blogging service Tumblr over pornographic content, the government said Tuesday, in Jakarta's latest crackdown on obscenity.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Reddit on Russian propaganda: hundreds of accounts removed, few Russian ads were seen and are now disallowed, @TEN_GOP tweets amplified by “thousands” on Reddit  —  Reddit didn't find any Russian ads about the 2016 election, but there was plenty of non-ad content being shared.
 
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Alex Nichols / The Outline:
A look at the tweets of those making money from private accounts with Premo: John Schindler appears to earn $17K/month and Eric Garland $3K/month
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Facebook hires Matthew Henick, who was leading BuzzFeed's push into TV and films, to oversee global video content strategy and planning
Discussion: Matthew Henick and @stevekovach
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Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Google is selling US restaurant review guide Zagat, which it bought for $151M in 2011, to restaurant review company The Infatuation for an undisclosed sum
Peter Kafka / Recode:
ESPN names Jimmy Pitaro as new president of ESPN and co-chair of Disney Media Networks; he's currently head of Disney consumer products and interactive