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7:05 PM ET, March 21, 2019

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Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Instagram, which has largely escaped scrutiny, is teeming with conspiracy theories, misinformation, and extremist memes, boosted by its recommendation algorithm  —  When Alex, now a high-school senior, saw an Instagram account he followed post about something called QAnon back in 2017 …
Facebook:
The NZ shooting video was harder to block on Facebook than official terrorist propaganda videos because the latter aren't rebroadcast or reshared widely  —  We continue to keep the people, families and communities affected by the tragedy in New Zealand in our hearts.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Comcast's Xfinity Flex, a $5/month service for its broadband customers, comes with a 4K set-top box and access to paid and free, ad-supported streaming services  —  Comcast's latest bundle isn't a cable TV service, exactly, since it's aimed at the increasing number of subscribers who only have internet.
David Sharman / HoldtheFrontPage:
Google DNI grants €500K to publishers Reach and JPIMedia for a local audio news platform and €398K to Newsquest for a community news sharing tool  —  Two regional publishers have won half a million Euros worth of funding for a joint project aimed at improving their audio output.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Apple's new TV service to be unveiled Monday will be a storefront for other streaming services, where Apple will set and offer its own bundles  —  Apple's TV plans, explained.  (Spoiler: Apple isn't taking on Netflix yet.)  —  After years of circling the TV business …
Julia Jacobs / New York Times:
Bustle names Dan Peres as editor in chief of Gawker.com; Peres was editor in chief of Condé Nast's men's fashion magazine Details for 15 years  —  Gawker's parent company, Bustle Digital Group, has named the journalist Dan Peres as the editor in chief of Gawker.com …
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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
James Vincent / The Verge:
Four European Wikipedia sites are blocking access and directing users to contact their EU representatives on March 21 to protest the copyright directive  —  Sites including Reddit, Twitch, and PornHub are also encouraging users in the EU to contact local politicians
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is beta testing video ads on its shopping app on iOS with plans for a similar product for Android later in 2019  —  - Online retailer pushing video ad space in its smartphone apps  — Product-related video content can keep shoppers from defecting
Paige Leskin / Business Insider:
YouTube shut down Fantastic Adventures, a channel with 800K subscribers, as creator gets arrested for allegedly mistreating her kids who performed in the shows  —  - YouTube creator Machelle Hackney, behind the popular channel “Fantastic Adventures,” has been arrested in connection …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Report: for the first time, music streaming accounted for more than half, at 54%, of UK record label income in the UK in 2018 as it hit £468M, up 35% YoY  —  Revenue from Spotify, Amazon and Apple rises as CD sales continue to fall  —  Music streaming services generated more than half …
 
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Daniel Schneider / CheddarNews:
Cheddar says it will publish exclusive stories on Medium as part of the $5/month Medium subscription; Medium will pay Cheddar based on reader engagement
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
An ad fraud scheme that runs video ads behind banner images targeted popular Android apps, including many using Twitter's MoPub ad platform
James Walker / Press Gazette:
At a UN Human Rights Council session, about 60 media groups support a draft document on the safety and independence of journalists
Michelle Castillo / Cheddar:
Sources: Netflix is upping its “marketing partnership” efforts, which include licensing characters and doing product placements in its shows
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Caroline Haskins / Motherboard:
Interviews detail the ongoing battle on YouTube between children-focused channels making animated videos and those featuring humans
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
After Rep. Devin Nunes sued Twitter and the @DevinCow account claiming defamation, the parody account gained 465K+ followers, surpassing his own follower count
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Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Forbes launches Forbes8, a streaming service aimed at entrepreneurs, featuring over 2,000 pieces of video content for $8.99 per month
Sarah Feldberg / Columbia Journalism Review:
A lawsuit in California about the employment misclassification of delivery truck drivers prompts some companies to stop working with freelance reporters
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
By integrating Stadia into YouTube, Google plans to cement YouTube's dominance, as 200M users already watch gaming content there every day
EU Press Room:
The European Commission has fined Google €1.49B for “abusive practices in online advertising” and breaching EU antitrust rules