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2:10 AM ET, March 21, 2018


 Top News: 
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Source: Mark Zuckerberg expected to address Facebook employees about Cambridge Analytica scandal at 1pm ET on Friday during the company's regular Q&A session  —  And Sheryl Sandberg is too  —  After nearly four days of silence from top executives on the unfolding controversy around …
Washington Post:
Chris Wylie says Breitbart's Steve Bannon approved Cambridge Analytica's 2014 work to collect Facebook data; firm used focus groups to test views on Putin, more  —  LONDON — Conservative strategist Stephen K. Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica's early efforts to collect troves of Facebook data …
Channel 4 News:
Cambridge Analytica execs boasted of running “all the digital campaign, the television campaign” for Trump and described comms tactics to avoid a paper trail  —  An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran key parts of the presidential campaign for Donald Trump.
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Source: Zuckerberg and Sandberg weren't at staff Q&A on Facebook role with Cambridge Analytica; Facebook says execs are “working around the clock” on the issue  —  It's not just that he's silent in public.  Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg declined to face …
Sources: US FTC is investigating Facebook to determine if it breached a 2011 consent decree over its handling of personal data amid Cambridge Analytica scandal  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is probing Facebook over whether it violated terms of a consent decree over its use of personal data …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
A look at Cambridge Analytica's targeted Facebook ads attacking Hillary Clinton for Mercer-backed Make America Number One PAC, reaping millions of impressions
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg summoned by UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee to testify regarding Cambridge Analytica scandal
Discussion: Engadget
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Google says it will spend $300M over the next three years to support journalism and fight disinformation through the newly announced Google News Initiative  —  ‘We need to do more’  —  Google is announcing new efforts today to support the media industry by fighting misinformation and bolstering journalism …
Jim Albrecht / The Keyword:
Google debuts Subscribe with Google, which lets users buy subscriptions to news sites using Google Accounts and access them from apps, sites, and search results  —  If you've ever subscribed to a news site, you know that it can sometimes be an onerous task.  This isn't the publisher's fault, it's just the way websites work.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Former Playboy model Karen McDougal sues National Enquirer owner, seeking to be released from a 2016 contract requiring silence about alleged affair with Trump  —  A former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Donald J. Trump sued on Tuesday to be released from a 2016 legal agreement requiring …
Tom Namako / BuzzFeed:
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a Fox News contributor for 10 years, quits and denounces the network as a “propaganda machine” in email to colleagues  —  “Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association,” Col. Ralph Peters wrote in an email to colleagues.  “Now I am ashamed.”
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Manhattan judge rules Trump's role as commander in chief does not grant him immunity from defamation suit filed by ex-Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos  —  President Trump must face a defamation suit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos after a Manhattan Supreme Court judge denied …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube Director onsite, which links advertisers spending at least $350 on video ads for YouTube with filmmakers, expands from 9 to 170 US cities  —  YouTube's video ad creation service aimed at helping small business reach YouTube viewers is now available more broadly across the U.S …
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Kevin Draper / New York Times:
Bill Simmons Media Group says President Eric Weinberger has left the company, three months after being suspended following filing of a sexual harassment lawsuit
Gangadhar Patil / Nieman Lab:
A look at three-year-old data journalism startup How India Lives, which has 11 staffers and hopes to earn $230K in revenue this year
Discussion: @pete_carvill
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Three women suing Bill O'Reilly for defamation ask judge to allow their settlement agreements with the former Fox News star to be entered into the public record
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Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
Video of speech by alt-right leader Richard Spencer, posted by The Atlantic, was removed from search results by YouTube which said it was borderline hate speech
Discussion: @notjessewalker
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Chinese video streaming services iQiyi and Bilibili set US IPO terms: iQiyi to raise up to $2.4B at $17-$19/share, Bilibili up to $525M at $10.50-$12.50/share
Discussion: nScreenMedia
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
The Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy, releases victims from NDAs, positions private equity firm Lantern Asset Management as stalking horse bidder