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4:55 PM ET, March 17, 2018

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New York Times:
Sources and documents reveal how Cambridge Analytica used harvested personal information from 50M Facebook profiles to build psychological profiles of US voters  —  LONDON — As the upstart voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica prepared to wade into the 2014 American midterm elections, it had a problem.
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Paul Grewal / Facebook:
Facebook suspends Trump- and Brexit-affiliated data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica after reports it and affiliated psychologist lied about data retention  —  We are suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), including their political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, from Facebook.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Univision-hired consulting firm's preliminary recommendation calls for cuts of Fusion's budget by up to 35%; Fusion has 600 staff, ~$150M annual budget  —  Parent company Univision has hired a consulting firm to review the entire business and recommend budget reductions
Daniel D'Addario / TIME:
Fox's Shep Smith on separating news and opinion programming, quitting if the show changes to accommodate viewers, concerns about who would replace him, and more  —  In a Manhattan Fox News studio on a recent Tuesday in February, Shepard Smith sits ready to begin taping his 3 p.m. newscast.
Molly McHugh / The Ringer:
Digg to shut down Digg Reader, its barebones RSS reader, on March 26  —  A requiem for a haven from algorithms and trending topics  —  On Wednesday, Digg announced that it will be shutting down Digg Reader on March 26.  The RSS reader, for me and likely many others, was a godsend after the 2013 shuttering of Google Reader.
Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land:
Reddit to launch native promoted posts on iOS on March 19, on Android in coming weeks; says mobile apps account for 41% of time spent across platforms  —  The company says its iOS and Android apps are now the most popular way for users to access Reddit content on mobile.
Discussion: Android Community and Engadget
James Cook / Business Insider:
YouTube Kids app suggested conspiracy theory videos in search results and related videos sections  —  - The YouTube Kids app is meant to filter out unsuitable content, but we found that it suggested that children watch conspiracy theory videos.  — The app suggested several videos …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook apologizes and says it is investigating why its search box autocomplete suggested sexual videos, child abuse content, and other strange results  —  Searches starting ‘video of’ returned autocomplete suggestions of sexual videos and child abuse content
Boris Kachka / Vulture:
Inside the Paris Review's search for an editor after sexual harassment allegations led to Lorin Stein's ousting; at least seven of eight candidates are women  —  Two days after the widow of George Plimpton, the late founder of the Paris Review, threw a party billed “Last Call at 72nd Street …
ProPublica:
ProPublica retracts reporting saying Gina Haspel oversaw a “black site” while al-Qaida suspect Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded and that she mocked his suffering  —  On Feb. 22, 2017, ProPublica published a story that inaccurately described Gina Haspel's role in the treatment of Abu Zubaydah …
 
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Amanda Pfeffer / CBC News:
Radio-Canada reporter Antoine Trépanier arrested, not yet charged, for criminal harassment after requesting an interview with the subject of investigative story
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Naming Nancy Dubuc CEO of Vice signals both its commitment to changing its internal culture and a traditional shift from visionary founder to proven operator
Discussion: Splinter
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
BuzzFeed tests making its episodic shows available at the same time across platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, Hulu, and Roku
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Times of London to pilot an algorithm that aims to serve subscribers relevant content at opportune times and help convert registered users into subscribers
Discussion: @chrisduncania
Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Michael Getler, a Washington Post foreign correspondent, editor and ombudsman, as well as an ombudsman for PBS, dies at 82
Discussion: New York Times