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9:55 AM ET, March 6, 2019


 Top News: 
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
A look at how Spotify plans to crack the podcast market: making it easier to find podcasts, investing in creation tools, exclusive original content, and more  —  Spotify has been on a media blitz to hype up its plans.  Most everyone involved in the deals, including Spotify CEO Daniel Ek …
Tom Cardoso / Globe and Mail:
Google to ban political ads in Canada ahead of federal election, says complying with new ad transparency rules required by Bill C-76 would be too challenging  —  Google is banning political advertising on its platforms ahead of the Canadian federal election because of new ad transparency rules …
Benjy Egel / Sacramento Bee:
Police detained a Sacramento Bee reporter and shoved a staff photographer down, damaging his camera, during a protest over the lack of prosecution of two cops  —  Sacramento Bee reporter Dale Kasler was detained Monday night while covering a Stephon Clark protest in East Sacramento.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Comedian Miel Bredouw's fight with Barstool Sports after they posted her video without credit shows how Twitter's copyright system can hurt creators  —  “It's insane to me that the platform is allowing them to do this.”  —  Earlier today, Los Angeles-based writer and comedian Miel Bredouw claims …
Financial Times:
The Financial Times has acquired a majority stake in Amsterdam-based tech blog and events company The Next Web  —  5 March 2019: The Financial Times has acquired a controlling stake in TNW (The Next Web), an events and media company with a focus on new technology and startups in Europe.
Scott Nover / The Atlantic:
Profile of satirical media company Thud, founded by former Onion editors, as it launches its first project DNA Friend, a parody of at-home DNA analysis services  —  I was instructed to “get my saliva ready.”  —  Images of a bacon cheeseburger, an ice-cream sundae, a steak, a cow …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
On Amazon, a book pushing QAnon conspiracy theories climbs the charts, aided by Amazon's algorithmically generated recommendations  —  The book is currently No. 9 in all books about politics and No. 1 in all books about “Censorship,” one slot ahead of Ray Bradbury's “Farhenheit 451,”
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Judge tosses defamation suit by Rachel Bernstein against Bill O'Reilly and Fox News, says her claims about suffering reputational damage were insufficient  —  The judge says Rachel Bernstein hasn't sufficiently spelled out the damage to her reputation.  —  A New York federal judge has tossed …
Discussion: TVNewser, Variety, Deadline and
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Content recommendation engine Taboola is buying Israeli-based startup Start Magazine to bolster its service for Android users  —  Deal will put Taboola recommendations on more Android phones' lock screens  —  Taboola Inc., the “content recommendation” engine best known for placing sponsored links …
Discussion: @jackshafer
John Koblin / New York Times:
For the first time, Stephen Colbert's Late Show beat other late night shows in the 18-49-year-old demographic; Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show had held the top spot  —  Stephen Colbert can finally claim complete bragging rights.  —  For the first time, Mr. Colbert's “Late Show” …
Discussion: @sopandeb and @b52malmet
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
National Association of Black Journalists says it is monitoring CNN due to a lack of diversity among its leadership team, says Jeff Zucker has refused to meet  —  The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) called out CNN and its president, Jeff Zucker, in a press release …
Discussion: Poynter, TVNewser and Mediaite
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
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Scott Nover / The Atlantic:
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Q&A with Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, who has been tasked with leading AT&T's forthcoming streaming service