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10:15 PM ET, March 20, 2019

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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 …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Analysts say ripple effects of the Disney-21st Century Fox deal may not be clear for years: predictions include 3,000+ layoffs and more competition in streaming  —  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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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 …
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.
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.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
 
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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
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
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
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
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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
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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
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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
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
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