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6:05 PM ET, March 27, 2019

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Motherboard:
Facebook says it will ban white nationalist and white separatist content, pointing users to nonprofits, after initially only banning white supremacist content  —  After a civil rights backlash, Facebook will now treat white nationalism and separatism the same as white supremacy …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
A look back at the intense Trump-Russia beat as some critics call media overzealous: the best reporters fix errors and check biases, and the story's not over  —  There I was, getting a flat tire replaced, when my cellphone rang.  —  It was Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer …
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The Daily Beast:
Mueller was a ratings booster for MSNBC but in the wake of the Barr report, Rachel Maddow's show was down near 500K viewers since the previous week
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Judge dismisses lawsuit against BuzzFeed from Michael Leidig of Central European News, saying Leidig failed to show anything in an article about him was false  —  BuzzFeed won a long-running legal battle on Wednesday against Michael Leidig, whom the news site had described in a 2015 story the “King of Bullsh- News.”
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Since James Bruggers left his job at the Courier-Journal, Kentucky's coal country has been left without a newspaper reporter on the environment beat full-time  —  A year ago, the last Kentucky newspaper staffer dedicated to the environmental beat full-time left his job.  He was not replaced.
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Adnan Virk discusses his firing from ESPN and his new role at streaming service DAZN, whose North American operation is headed by John Skipper  —  NEW YORK — On the afternoon of Feb. 1, Adnan Virk drove home from ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn. It was a familiar trip.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
The EU's Copyright Directive has the potential to further fracture the open web based on location and may lead to the closure of Google News in Europe  —  How the Copyright Directive reshapes the open web  —  It's strange to think about now, but until the 1920s, you didn't generally need a passport to travel.
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James Vincent / The Verge:
European Parliament approves the Copyright Directive, a controversial law including Article 11, dubbed the “link tax” and Article 13, dubbed the “upload filter”
James Walker / Press Gazette:
Website goes offline for women's magazine The Pool almost two months after staffers were told it would close; the company has yet to file for administration  —  The Pool website has gone offline almost two months after staff were told the women's lifestyle publication would go into administration.
James Walker / Press Gazette:
eMarketer: Google and Facebook will increase their share of the UK digital ad market to 63.3% in 2019 from 62.7% in 2018, increasing to 65% by 2021  —  Google and Facebook will increase their share of the UK digital advertising market again this year, according to a new forecast.
Discussion: eMarketer
Wall Street Journal:
Internal memo: AT&T's WarnerMedia is offering buyouts to US employees of Turner who are at least 55 with 10 or more years of service by the end of 2019  —  AT&T's WarnerMedia took steps to reduce headcount at its Turner unit, which was essentially dissolved as a result of a wide-ranging restructuring announced earlier this month.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google is launching the Local Experiments Project to fund dozens of new local news sites in the US, partners with McClatchy for three operations in three years  —  Google is launching the Local Experiments Project, an effort to fund dozens of new local news websites around the country and eventually around the world.
Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Downtown Music Holdings, parent of Downtown Music Publishing and Songtrust, is buying AVL Digital Group, parent of CD Baby; sources estimate the deal at ~$200M  —  The fierce battle to dominate the independent music distribution sector just got a new major player.
 
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media agrees to settle class action lawsuit over alleged gender pay inequality, brought by female employees, for $1.87M
Discussion: Variety
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
John Cook, former executive editor of Gawker, is joining Business Insider as investigations editor where he will build a dedicated investigations unit
Trey Yingst / Fox News:
Rocket fire landed near Fox News correspondent Trey Yingst and his TV crew as they reported on the exchange of fire between Israel and Hamas
Discussion: @treyyingst and Associated Press
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The New York Times Company:
NYT Diversity and Inclusion Report 2018: 51% of staff are women and 30% are people of color but racial diversity in leadership has not increased since 2016
Rishabh R. Jain / Associated Press:
Facebook says it is partnering with media orgs in India ahead of elections to flag false stories across multiple languages, limiting them in News Feed by ~80%
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Top music labels, including Sony and Warner, sue Charter, alleging it profits from repeat copyright infringers motivated by its advertised high internet speeds