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1:20 AM ET, March 27, 2018

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Preliminary ratings from Nielsen show that CBS “60 Minutes” interview with Stormy Daniels drew the show's highest ratings in 10 years  —  Stormy Daniels: ‘I have no reason to lie’  —  Anderson Cooper's interview with Stormy Daniels propelled “60 Minutes” to its highest-rated episode …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
FTC says it has an open non-public probe into Facebook's privacy practices; a violation of consent decree signed in 2011 could carry a penalty of $40K/violation  —  Shares of Facebook fell more than 5 percent Monday after the FTC confirmed it's investigating the company's data practices in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica breach.
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman invites top Facebook, Google, and Twitter execs to an April 10 hearing on the “future of data privacy and social media”  —  A panel of Senate lawmakers aims to grill the top executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter next month …
BBC:
Facebook took out full-page ads, signed by Mark Zuckerberg, in several major US and UK newspapers on Sunday to apologize for Cambridge Analytica data leak
Washington Post:
Roy Moore accuser's attorney says he was offered $10K and introduction to Steve Bannon, then head of Breitbart, in exchange for dropping, discrediting accuser  —  BIRMINGHAM — Days after a woman accused U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual impropriety, two Moore supporters approached her attorney with an unusual request.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Endeavor Buys Streaming Provider NeuLion for $250 Million  —  Endeavor, the holding company controlling WME-IMG, has acquired streaming technology firm NeuLion for $250 million, the companies announced Monday.  —  NeuLion powers the video delivery of a wide range of content owners, particularly major sports leagues.
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
New York Times' advertising chief talks about Surfacing, an ongoing special editorial project on subcultures that is underwritten by a commercial partner  —  The New York Times had a wish list.  It wanted coverage of the emerging human subcultures that young journalists can be so adept at spotting …
Bryn Elise Sandberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Comedy Central parent company Viacom signs multiyear deal with Trevor Noah, launches global production and distribution company called Day Zero Productions  —  The joint venture between ‘The Daily Show’ host and Comedy Central's parent company signals the latter's desire to be more than just a launching pad for its homegrown talent.
Reuters:
Egypt has deported The Times journalist Bel Trew ahead of presidential election; the British paper claims the move was to intimidate media and suppress coverage  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Egypt has deported a British journalist working for The Times, the newspaper said on Saturday, describing an …
Global Investigative Journalism Network:
How Russian journalists uncovered Russian information operations targeting the US, exposing the Internet Research Agency as a troll factory in 2013  —  The reason we know so much about the Russian information operations that targeted the United States from 2014 to 2017 is that some Russian journalists are very good at their jobs.
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Spotify issues guidance for 2018 ahead of IPO: subs 96M, up 36% YoY, revenue $6.9B, up 30% YoY, operating losses $409M, down from $500M, and more  —  Ahead of its IPO, the streaming service is offering its first-ever guidance: Revenue, subs and margins will be up, operating losses will go down.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV signs multiyear deal with the NBA, will become the first-ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals, following similar deal with MLB  —  Google's YouTube is boxing out over-the-top TV rivals with yet another promotional sports pact: YouTube TV will be the first-ever presenting sponsor for the NBA Finals.
 
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John Koblin / New York Times:
Since October, Apple has signed 12 TV projects, nine of them “straight-to-series”; sources say the company aims to roll them out between March and summer 2019
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Arun Kakar / Press Gazette:
BBC opens Lagos news bureau in Nigeria, creating 100 jobs, and will launch a new training scheme to mentor West African talent
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Hulu starts opening up more of its limited inventory to advertisers, says time users spent on its ad-supported service increased 50% YoY