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3:50 PM ET, March 7, 2018

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
NYT journalist Farhad Manjoo spent nearly two months relying solely on print for his news and concluded that digital has broken how we process information  —  I first got news of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., via an alert on my watch.  Even though I had turned off news notifications months ago …
Dan Seiffert / Boston Business Journal:
The Boston Globe is increasing the price of its print subscription by up to 80%, meaning daily delivery will cost some customers $1,347 a year  —  The priciest regional daily newspaper in the U.S. is about to get pricier, with as much as an 80 percent increase possible for some home delivery subscribers.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Univision withdraws its long-delayed IPO, citing “prevailing market conditions”, announces that Peter Lori will replace Frank Lopez-Balboa as CFO  —  Francisco Lopez-Balboa is out and Peter Lori has been promoted as chief financial officer.  —  Univision Communications is canceling …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Axios and Multichannel News
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Weekly music mag NME, the UK's equivalent of Rolling Stone, is ending its print edition but will continue to operate digitally  —  Publisher of music magazine consulting about redundancies, while title will continue online … The NME is to cease publication in print after 66 years …
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: Snap plans layoffs to its engineering department, the largest layoffs to date; source says less than 10% of staff in the unit are affected  —  Snap Inc. is preparing its largest round of layoffs to date, Cheddar has learned.  —  The Snapchat-maker plans to announce the cuts internally within …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Newsweek-owned website IBT ran malicious code that experts say is used to commit ad fraud; company says it will conduct investigation  —  The embattled publisher of Newsweek and the International Business Times on Tuesday admitted that three of its websites were running malicious code that experts say is used to commit ad fraud.
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Craig Silverman / @craigsilverman:   Staff at Newsweek-owned International Business Times UK have been informed of layoffs; source says most employees are being let go
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
In an interview, Peter Thiel says he is pursuing Gawker through the courts because Terry Bollea is owed money and does not plan to destroy site's archives  —  Peter Thiel is Silicon Valley's homegrown Cassandra.  He warned for years that the big tech companies were arrogant and clueless and less good for mankind than they believed.
Alexander Osipovich / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify has chosen Citadel Securities to handle its direct listing on NYSE and be its market maker  —  Electronic-trading firm Citadel will be the market maker for the unusual offering from the music-streaming company  —  Spotify Technology SA has chosen electronic-trading firm …
Shonda Novak / Austin American-Statesman:
The Austin American-Statesman is being sold to GateHouse Media for $47.5M, ending 41+ years of ownership by Cox Enterprises; deal expected to close April 2  —  The Austin American-Statesman is being sold to New York-based publishing company GateHouse Media, executives said Tuesday …
 
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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Early data from AdStage suggests Facebook's News Feed changes have driven ad prices up by decreasing the amount of time users spend on the social network
Marc Bennetts / The Guardian:
BBC journalist Farida Rustamova has accused senior Russian politician Leonid Slutsky of sexually harassing her during an interview in his parliamentary office
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Netflix's Chief Product Officer Greg Peters says the platform's 117M members streamed to 450M devices in February
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Examining “community information districts”, in which residents would agree to fees to support local journalism, similar to service districts for fire safety
Financial Times:
Analysts say Facebook's recent licensing deals with music labels, including Universal and Sony/ATV, could signal plans to move more deeply into music business
Amol Rajan / BBC:
Ex-investigator for Sunday Times says he used illegal techniques to target Labour officials from 1995-2010; paper denies it commissioned anyone to act illegally
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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Lawmakers and experts worry Facebook will suffer the same problems with disinformation and “dark” ads during 2018 US midterms as it did during 2016 election
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Axios founders Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen chastised “the media” for coverage of former Trump staffer Sam Nunberg while Axios fed the same flames
Bloomberg:
Weinstein Co. buyer Maria Contreras-Sweet said her group is pulling out of its deal to buy the studio after an examination raised questions about its viability
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Technology news aggregator Techmeme, sister site of Mediagazer, is launching a daily podcast called the Techmeme Ride Home
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