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4:00 PM ET, March 19, 2018

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Channel 4 News:
Cambridge Analytica execs filmed boasting of entrapping politicians with sex and bribes, explaining how to spread info online without it looking like propaganda  —  An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News reveals how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world.
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Facebook:
Facebook says it's hired a digital forensics firm to conduct an audit of Cambridge Analytica, which is complying, to help ascertain if leaked data still exists  —  We have hired a digital forensics firm, Stroz Friedberg, to conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica.
Reuters:
Facebook under pressure for its data practices from Democratic and Republican lawmakers in US, the head of European Parliament, and UK officials and lawmakers  —  Dustin Volz, Munsif Vengattil  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg faced calls on Monday from U.S …
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
Profile of Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee who is now blowing the whistle on his ex-employer's data harvesting practices
Nicola Slawson / The Guardian:
Tennis champion Martina Navratilova says the BBC paid her just £15K for Wimbledon commentator role but paid fellow pundit John McEnroe £150K - £200K  —  Tennis champion says fellow pundit John McEnroe earns at least £150,000, while she is paid £15,000
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Profile of Hope Hicks, the press-shy communications director and perhaps the one person Trump trusts, as she prepares to leave a White House in chaos  —  The departure of the Trump whisperer has left the White House in even deeper chaos.  Which surely pleases some outsiders angling to get back in.
Robert Feder:
Tronc Chairman Michael Ferro announces his retirement; he will be replaced by Tronc CEO Justin Dearborn  —  In an unexpected move, Michael Ferro announced his retirement Monday as chairman of tronc, parent company of the Chicago Tribune and newspapers in nine other cities.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Source: Trump wanted aides to sign NDAs extending beyond presidency in possibly unconstitutional move, may have contravened First Amendment rights  —  Back in April 2016, when the notion of Donald Trump in the White House still seemed fanciful, The Post's Robert Costa and Bob Woodward sat down with Trump …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
How Facebook Groups are being exploited to spread misinformation, plan harassment, and radicalize people as group recommendations often surface trolling efforts  —  Mark Zuckerberg wants to get a billion people in “meaningful” Facebook groups.  But to get there he'll have to battle the spammers …
Avi Asher-Schapiro / Committee to Protect Journalists:
As demand for coverage of white supremacists rises, young journalists and freelancers are particularly unprepared for threats, some turn to self-censorship  —  Michael Edison Hayden was one of the first foreign journalists on the ground after the Nepalese earthquake in 2015— the “ground was still shaking” when he arrived, he said.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The UK's Daily Telegraph opens bureau in Silicon Valley with a team of five and plans to have nine journalists based in London covering technology  —  The Telegraph is massively expanding its technology coverage as it aims to become the leading UK publisher of technology journalism, creating 12 new jobs.
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Sources: Cambodia's The Phnom Penh Post faces closure after $3.9M tax penalty, follows reports of crackdown ahead of July election, The Cambodia Daily's closure
Elizabeth Balboa / Benzinga:
AT&T's trial with the US government begins today; analysts believe that the company will win, with the burden of proof in the case falling on Trump's admin
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Study: VR news stories prompt higher empathetic response than photo or text stories and increases the likelihood of political or social action after viewing
Dave Smith / Business Insider:
Interview with YouTuber Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD, about the past four years making technology-focused videos, his plans beyond YouTube, and more
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