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4:35 AM ET, March 12, 2018


 Top News: 
New York Times:
60 Minutes moves forward in preparing segment with Stephanie Clifford, who says she had affair with Trump; source: show has not received notice of legal action  —  The CBS News program “60 Minutes” was moving forward with plans to show an interview it conducted last week with the pornographic film actress …
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed:
Twitter has suspended several accounts, some with millions of followers, that allegedly engaged in tweet stealing and “tweetdecking”, mass-retweeting each other  —  The Tweetdeckoning is nigh.  —  @Dory, @GirlPosts, @SoDamnTrue, Girl Code/@reiatabie, Common White Girl/@commonwhitegiri …
Kathleen Chaykowski / Forbes:
A deep dive into Facebook's big bet on expertise in AR; CTO Mike Schroepfer says the company needs it to remain relevant in 10 or 20 years  —  Mark Zuckerberg got his first taste of the Oculus Rift, the pioneering virtual reality headset, in January 2014.  Standing in one of the few Facebook …
April Glaser / Slate:
Investigations reveal discussion groups, online communities, and user-made games on Steam that glorify school shooters and mass shootings  —  As the country continues to debate gun violence in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, we've seen some of the usual misdirected discussion of whether video games bear some responsibility.
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Inside The Globe and Mail's Lab 351, an in-house incubator that allows employees to pitch and build out new ideas for solving the organization's problems  —  A driving principle for the incubator is to make it so “ideas can bubble up from the bottom, or the middle, or the top” of the organization.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with YouTube's chief business officer, Robert Kyncl, on managing the Logan Paul controversy, accusations that YouTube is politically biased, and more  —  “We should have done better,” the chief business officer says of how the company handled the star's widely condemned vlog …
Discussion: Polygon
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Behind Forbidden Facts, a website that is trying to educate people about fake news by publishing false news stories on Facebook with clickbait headlines  —  At a technology summit in Brussels, Maarten Schenk had a harebrained idea.  —  “We were brainstorming and thinking about how to reach people …
Robert Booth / The Guardian:
BBC again urges UN to help protect journalists and their families from harassment by Iranian authorities, following an urgent appeal to UN rapporteurs last Oct  —  Corporation says attempts to persuade Iranian authorities to desist have been ignored … The BBC is appealing to the United Nations …
Discussion: Middle East Eye
Gabriele Boland / NewsWhip:
Study: reporters driving Facebook engagement come from hyper-partisan sources like Breitbart and the Daily Wire; two in the top 50 write for fake news sites  —  With social platforms like Facebook putting an emphasis on meaningful engagements, publishers and content creators have to reassess …
Discussion: @jason_kint
Dan Mitchell / Columbia Journalism Review:
NYT's Farhad Manjoo tweeted an average of 15x a day for two months while he was supposedly unplugged from social media to get news from print  —  So many writers have produced “I went offline, and here is what I learned” stories that they became a tedious cliché years ago.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Quartz debuts a Facebook Messenger bot that delivers news, introduces readers to Quartz Obsessions, and more, after good responses to its Quartzy chatbot  —  I feel like I'm back in 2016, because Quartz on Thursday announced the launch of its Facebook Messenger chat bot …
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