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6:50 PM ET, March 20, 2019

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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox closed just after midnight ET and analysts say the ripple effects of the deal may not become clear for years  —  LOS ANGELES — “Everything the light touches is our kingdom.”  —  It's a line from Disney's “The Lion King,” spoken by Mufasa to young Simba as they sit atop Pride Rock.
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Memo: Bob Iger talks about Fox acquisition, says “challenging” work lies ahead and that some businesses will be “impacted more” than others by the deal  —  Bob Iger marked the historic occasion of Disney's purchase of 21st Century Fox with a lengthy memo to staffers …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
EU Press Room:
The European Commission has fined Google €1.49B for “abusive practices in online advertising” and breaching EU antitrust rules  —  The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules.  Google has abused its market dominance by imposing …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: WSJ plans to join the new paid tier of Apple News to be announced on Monday, expected to cost $10/month; NYT and The Washington Post have opted out  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Wall Street Journal plans to join a new paid subscription news service run by Apple, according to two people familiar …
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Lucia Moses / Business Insider:
Sources: top publishers with good subscription numbers think a paid Apple News tier could cannibalize existing subs; smaller publishers have little to lose
Discussion: @lmoses
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Interview with Donna Brazile on her job with Fox News, the role of the network and others in fomenting hate, and why she thinks reaching Fox viewers is valuable  —  Donna Brazile, who has twice served as the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, is one of the most prominent political strategists of recent times.
Emma Sandler / Digiday:
Instagram adds in-app shopping to let users buy from 20 beauty and fashion brands including Kylie Cosmetics, Nike, and Huda Beauty  —  Shopping on Instagram is about to change forever.  —  On March 19, the social platform announced in a blog post it was launching a beta shopping program …
Norberto Santana Jr / Voice of OC:
Around 33 newsrooms in California, including The LA Times and the Orange County Register, join forces to report on recently released police misconduct files  —  Voice of OC today joins nearly three dozen newsrooms across California - including outlets like the Los Angeles Times …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Deloitte Digital Media Trends: 47% US consumers are frustrated by subscriptions, 75% prefer pay TV with fewer ads, 82% say companies don't protect user data  —  - ‘Subscription Fatigue’: Nearly Half of U.S. Consumers Frustrated by Streaming Explosion, Study Finds
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Despite a diverse Democratic field for president in 2020, national media outlets focus on three white men, depicting candidates as characters in a drama  —  As amorous embraces go, few could be more ardent than the one Beto O'Rourke got this month from Vanity Fair magazine.
New York Times:
Facebook announces that it will stop allowing ad targeting of race, gender, and age groups in the housing, jobs, or credit categories by the end of the year  —  After years of criticism, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show their messages …
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook settles with ACLU over allegedly discriminatory ads for employment, housing, and credit, paying ~$5M and making changes to prevent discrimination
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Lauren Easton / The Definitive Source:
AP's VP for Standards, John Daniszewski, highlights attacks on journalists globally, at an International Press Institute event at the UN: “We need to get angry”  —  “Cold-blooded killing of journalists by powerful individuals and governments to achieve their political and economic aims …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Jimmy Leach, formerly head of digital communications for 10 Downing Street, has been named editor-in-chief of HuffPost UK; Jess Brammar named executive editor  —  Former Number Ten digital communications boss Jimmy Leach has been named as the next Huffpost UK editor-in-chief …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
The CPJ and other press freedom groups are seeking a meeting with Sacramento police after three journalists were arrested while covering protests  —  We at the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent press freedom advocacy group, along with the organizations listed below …
Discussion: @aaschapiro
Jamie McGee / The Tennessean:
LifeWay Christian Resources, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, says it will close all 170 of its brick-and-mortar bookstores in 2019  —  LifeWay Christian Resources will close all of its 170 brick-and-mortar stores this year as store traffic and sales lag, the organization announced Wednesday.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Disney and Fox announce the per-share value of 21st Century Fox at the merger is $51.572626 as the deal becomes official  —  UPDATE: At 12:02AM ET, one of the most consequential mergers in Hollywood history became official.  The Walt Disney Co. has acquired about two-thirds of 21st Century Fox …
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Variety:
21st Century Fox and “New” Fox are now standalone entities, with Fox adding four new board members including Chase Carey and former House Speaker Paul Ryan
 
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Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Comcast says it is launching a new service on Thursday but declined to specify what it will be, with some speculation that it's a smart-home hub for TVs
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Refusing to broadcast footage of the New Zealand shootings amounts to censorship and is at odds with US news networks' decision to livestream footage of 9/11
Discussion: @nickgillespie and @yoda
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
The Economist deleted and apologized for a tweet that appeared to suggest that transgender people should be “sterilized”
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Meet The Press host Chuck Todd said Trump teamed up with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro to attack the free press during their joint press conference
Vibhuti Sharma / Reuters:
Nexstar Media Group said it will sell 11 television stations to Tegna and eight to E.W. Scripps for about $1.32B in cash
Discussion: MediaPost, The Wrap and Variety
 Earlier Picks: 
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Snapchat has started brokering deals between influencers and brands, with a focus on those creating AR content, in a bid to retain creators using its platform
Discussion: Digiday
Allison Braden / Columbia Journalism Review:
In Baltimore, Charlotte, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, ex-writers of alt-weeklies are starting publications, focusing on advocacy reporting and overlooked topics
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it will support three media literacy programs in the US and Europe that aim to combat fake news and train young people to seek reliable news sources
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC's Tony Hall is proposing to launch a charity, the Local Democracy Foundation, to fund local news reporting in conjunction with tech companies
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Some music publishers sue fitness startup Peloton, seeking $150M+ in damages, saying Peloton has used music in workout videos since 2014 without proper licenses
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
David Sirota, hired March 11 by Bernie Sanders, informally advised Sanders for months while attacking opponents on Twitter and in The Guardian through December
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Instead of focusing only on moderation, the debate around New Zealand massacre should look at how platforms incentivize and provide infrastructure for extremism