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6:35 PM ET, March 15, 2018

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Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Snap apologizes for approving 3rd-party ad with “would you rather” options for slapping Rihanna, punching Chris Brown; Rihanna rejects apology  —  'I'd love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain't that dumb!'  —  Rihanna posted an Instagram Story today to denounce Snapchat …
CNN:
Trump administration announces new Russia sanctions on 5 entities, including IRA, and 19 individuals, in response to US election interference and cyberattacks  —  Putin's ‘chef,’ the man behind the troll factory  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration announced Thursday it is enacting …
James Andrew Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with former ESPN President John Skipper, who resigned in December citing substance addiction; he says someone tried to extort him for buying cocaine  —  The former network chief goes public in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the real reason behind his abrupt departure …
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Leaked docs: by early 2017, Amazon's US audience for all Prime Video programming was ~26M, its top TV shows drew 5M+ people worldwide to Prime membership  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's top television shows drew more than 5 million people worldwide to its Prime shopping club by early 2017 …
The Guardian:
Guardian report on gender pay gap: men paid 11.3% more, top-paid workers are 65% male; outlet aims for 50/50 gender balance in top half of organization by 2023  —  Difference between men and women in editorial is 7.4% … The gender pay gap at Guardian News & Media is 11.3% …
Discussion: Forbes
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with WikiTribune editor Peter Bane on registered user growth from 1.7K to 8K in five months, how News Agenda decisions are made, transparency efforts, more  —  “It is a product for people of good will — which I know sounds ridiculously naive, but so far it's working quite well."
Discussion: @wikitribune
Peter Kafka / Recode:
theSkimm raises $12M led by GV to build more subscription services, says it has 7M readers who open its newsletter at least once a month  —  The startup has a newsletter with seven million subscribers, but it wants more revenue sources.  —  TheSkimm started out as a newsletter aimed at millennial women …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Trump's nomination of CNBC's Larry Kudlow is another instance of the feedback loop between the president and cable news  —  In Kudlow, the cable news president has found a cable news economist.  —  If appointing CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow to run the National Economic Council …
New York Times:
Harper Lee's estate sues over Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird for Broadway, saying it deviates too much from the novel  —  One of the year's most anticipated Broadway plays — the screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
BuzzFeed uses Cohen libel suit over Russia dossier to demand Stormy Daniels keep Trump and Cohen records; move may lead to her testimony about Trump despite NDA  —  BuzzFeed may have found a legal opening to allow the porn actress Stormy Daniels to discuss her alleged relationship …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify confirms it is testing an in-app voice control feature; user demo shows fairly accurate speech recognition  —  Now Spotify listens to you instead of the other way around.  Spotify has a new voice search interface that lets you say “Play my Discover Weekly,” “Show Calvin Harris” or “Play some upbeat pop” to pull up music.
 
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Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
Shep Smith signs multiyear deal with Fox News, renewing his status as the channel's chief news anchor and managing editor of breaking news
Discussion: Variety, Mediaite and TVNewser
Siddhartha Deb / Columbia Journalism Review:
Police in India charge 37-year-old man for involvement in last year's fatal shooting of Gauri Lankesh, the editor and publisher of a Bangalore-based weekly
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Denver Business Journal:
Digital First Media's Denver Post plans to cut its newsroom staff of ~90 by ~30%, after cutting 10 positions in December and more earlier
Stuart Winchester / Viacom:
All Viacom networks and platforms suspended scheduled programming for 17 minutes early Wednesday to coincide with the National School Walkout