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1:00 PM ET, March 30, 2018


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New York Times:
How Trump helped National Enquirer's David Pecker meet the Saudi crown prince; Pecker's American Media recently published a 97-page glossy promoting the prince  —  In July, David J. Pecker, the chairman of the company that owns The National Enquirer, visited his old friend President Trump at the White House.
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Conservative publishers accuse Facebook's algorithm change of unfair targeting, though change may be the result of users labeling them as untrustworthy
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's crusade against Amazon has nothing to do with the post office or mom-and-pop shops and everything to do with his hatred of The Washington Post  —  President Trump is determined to find some way to hurt Amazon, reports Jonathan Swan.  “He's obsessed with Amazon,” a source tells him.
Charles Elmore / Palm Beach Post:
GateHouse Media acquires the Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News for $49.25M, adding to its stable of more than 140 daily newspapers  —  One of the nation's busiest acquirers of newspapers and online media has agreed to buy The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News in a deal announced Wednesday at $49.25 million.
Discussion: Associated Press
Tejal Rao / New York Times:
A look at the wave of small US food magazines that are telling stories on their own terms, often as labors of love  —  Shayne Chammavanijakul, a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, felt let down by the way some magazines depicted Asian cuisines — framed as alien …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Tim Griggs, who developed the curriculum for Facebook's 12-week Local News Subscriptions Accelerator, which began this week in 14 US newsrooms  —  “We tested this, it tanked.  You tested this, it worked.  Why?"  —  This week marks the launch of Facebook's Local News …
Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook outlines steps to protect elections: fight foreign influence, remove fake accounts, increase transparency of ads, and reduce spread of false news  —  Last fall Mark Zuckerberg announced the steps we're taking to protect elections from abuse and exploitation.
Hadas Gold / CNNMoney:
RT broadcast in Washington, DC, ends April 1 because RT's distributor MHz lost the lease on the broadcast license though RT blames the Justice Department  —  Russia's English language network last year took out dozens of cheeky ads across Washington D.C. to court viewers.
Discussion: Voice of America
Aditi Sangal / Digiday:
Interview with Kara Swisher on Facebook's relationship with the media, whether Facebook would ever pay publishers for content, YouTube's value, and more  —  On this week's Digiday Podcast, Recode executive editor Kara Swisher said Facebook's relationship with the media has long been based on lip service.
Baltimore Sun:
Serial podcast subject Adnan Syed will get a new trial after Maryland appeals court upholds a ruling that overturned his murder conviction  —  Maryland's second-highest court has upheld a judge's ruling overturning the murder conviction of “Serial” podcast subject Adnan Syed.
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Traditional media outlets have old grudges against tech giants, and that history now turbocharges critical coverage of Facebook's misuse of user data  —  Facebook and Google execs privately complain about the barrage of critical coverage they face, charging that media companies …
Max A. Cherney / MarketWatch:
Baidu's streaming video service iQiyi falls 13.6% in Nasdaq debut, closing at $15.55, down from opening price of $18  —  Baidu subsidiary valued at $12.7 billion in second-largest U.S. IPO for Chinese company; shares fall 14% in debut  —  With more subscribers than Netflix Inc. …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Express Newspapers report a mean gender pay gap of 17% favoring men, lower than new owner Trinity Mirror's 18% pay gap.  —  Express Newspapers, which publishes the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star on Sunday, has reported a mean gender pay gap of 17 per cent favouring men.
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Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
WSJ staffers say senior editor tried to pull a story about economic changes since '08 for political reasons; one ex-WSJ staffer said EIC Gerard Baker was editor
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Social media companies' problems are caused by their revenue models; solutions are user-run collectives, a federated social network, an automatic profile purge
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