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10:35 AM ET, March 11, 2020


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
While ad and event revenue declines due to COVID-19 may wound the news industry, choices by hedge funds and private equity in a recession could be catastrophic  —  Declines in ad revenue and all those canceled events might prove manageable.  But the real risk would come with a virus-inspired recession …
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
In a memo to staff, WaPo is encouraging all of its employees to work from home until the end of the month, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak  —  The arrangement is in response to the coronavirus crisis.  —  The Washington Post has sent a memo to all its employees encouraging them to work …
Doug Haddix / IRE:
An attendee of IRE's NICAR conference in New Orleans has tested presumptively positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms, and is self-quarantining for 14 days  —  A person who attended the NICAR20 conference in New Orleans last week tested presumptively positive today with COVID-19.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Due to COVID-19, Sunday's debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will be held without an in-person audience, and CNN won't host a press center or spin room  —  The debate will still be held, though there won't be a “spin room” or filing center for the press.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Disney launches Disney+ in India, weeks ahead of its scheduled launch date, through Hotstar; Hotstar gets rebranded to Disney+ Hotstar with a new logo  —  Disney+ has arrived in India — weeks ahead of its scheduled launch date.  The American giant revamped Hotstar app and populated …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Vox Media launches Concert Local, a local ad network pooling local news sites' ad inventories and funded, source says, by $1M+ from the Google News Initiative  —  Vox Media, the parent company to brands like The Verge, SB Nation, GrubStreet and more, is partnering with Google to create …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
French data protection watchdog CNIL says it is investigating the adtech company Criteo, following Privacy International's complaints against seven companies  —  Adtech giant Criteo is under investigation by the French data protection watchdog, the CNIL, following a complaint filed …
Discussion: Privacy International and Digiday
Neha Malara / Reuters:
TikTok to launch a Transparency Center in LA, to let external experts evaluate its content moderation, to be followed by providing insights into its source code  —  (Reuters) - Social media app TikTok is launching a content moderation center in a bid to boost transparency …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Recount Media, the short-form political video startup founded by journalists John Battelle and John Heilemann, raises $13M Series A  —  Recount Media, a short-form political video startup created by veteran journalists John Battelle and John Heilemann, has raised $13 million its Series A funding round, executives tell Axios.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Disney+ executives are still struggling to define its brand identity, as several original series in development have been dropped in the past year  —  In his new role “getting everything right creatively,” the former CEO is likely to tackle the streaming service, which …
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Tom Kludt / Vanity Fair:
Coverage by pro-Sanders media, like Chapo Trap House, of Biden's fitness for office reveals both its reach and its limitations in shaping a broader media story
Ronan Shields / Adweek:
AT&T's ad-tech unit Xandr takes a minority stake in Infosum, a first-party data platform, as the industry shifts away from third-party cookies
Discussion: Video Ad News
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
National Magazine Awards, which were scheduled for March 12, have been postponed due to coronavirus; a new date has yet to be decided
Discussion: WWD
David Smith / The Guardian:
Interview with Chris Wallace on cable news' contribution to a divided US, why he was horrified by Acosta's retort to Trump, lessons for 2020 election, more
Hollywood Reporter:
Filing: Quibi asks CA court to end harassment from interactive media company Eko, which claims IP theft and says Quibi's “Turnstyle” feature infringes on its IP