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10:30 AM ET, March 20, 2018


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook CSO Alex Stamos to leave amid disagreements with top execs over disinformation, will stay until August; his team is down from 120 to 3 people  —  As Facebook grapples with a backlash over its role in spreading disinformation, an internal dispute over how to handle the threat …
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  —  Senior executives at Cambridge Analytica - the data company that credits itself with Donald Trump's presidential victory …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook is holding a meeting at 10am PT on Tuesday to allow employees to ask questions about the Cambridge Analytica scandal  —  It's set for Tuesday morning  —  Facebook has scheduled an open meeting to all employees Tuesday to let them ask questions about the unfolding Cambridge Analytica …
Facebook-hired forensic auditors were asked to leave Cambridge Analytica's office by UK ICO, which is pursuing a warrant to conduct its own investigation  —  We have hired a digital forensics firm, Stroz Friedberg, to conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica.
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  —  - U.K. members of parliament called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday to give evidence related to the company's links to political analysis firm Cambridge Analytica.
Major tech platforms like Facebook become vulnerable to unethical practices by third parties because they do not proactively support ethical research
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  —  Lantern Asset Management will be the bidder for assets after coming to a purchase agreement.  —  The Weinstein Co. is now seeking the protection of bankruptcy court.
Two women accuse ex-Tronc chairman Michael Ferro of inappropriate advances after promises of further investment, connections, a partnership, and possible job  —  Kathryn Minshew finally felt like a weight had lifted.  It was September of 2013, and after months of back-and-forth, Michael Ferro …
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  —  Less than two weeks after the 2016 election, a prominent alt-right leader addressed more than 200 people gathered …
Discussion: The Guardian
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Cheddar raises $22M Series D and is now valued at $160M, plans to expand to UK and build a second news network as it abandons its paid subscription model  —  The company is planning to expand to the U.K.; launch second network  —  Cheddar, the financial news streaming service aimed at millennials …
Maria LaMagna / MarketWatch:
J-school applications rise: Columbia Graduate School saw 10% increase for 2017-2018, Annenberg up 19% from 3-4 years ago, Medill up 24% for 2018-2019 year  —  Zoe Ginsberg, an 18-year-old freshman journalism major at USC's Annenberg School, said she and her classmates have many discussions …
Discussion: Splinter and @westwingreport
Amanda Palleschi / Columbia Journalism Review:
NY Magazine's women's site The Cut has 8M monthly unique visitors, up 40% from 2016, and drives the conversation with a focus on style, self, culture, and power  —  ON A WEEKEND EVENING IN JANUARY, a relatively obscure women's website called published a story that elicited a media frenzy.
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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: The Drum
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
60 Minutes' Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman interview ignored humanitarian crisis; questions should have focused on Yemen, death penalties, Iran, more
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Distracted by Trump scandals, American media pays less attention to expansion of drones and airstrikes, while the Pentagon makes less info public
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
How Facebook Groups are being exploited to spread misinformation, plan harassment, and radicalize people as group recommendations often surface trolling efforts
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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
Discussion: Telegraph and Digiday
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