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2:40 AM ET, March 18, 2020


 Top News: 
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Facebook says it has fixed a bug in its anti-spam system that marked some legitimate COVID-19 news articles and information as spam on Tuesday  —  The company is fixing the posts and bringing them back  —  Facebook started marking some posts linking to information and articles about the coronavirus …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
China requires American NYT, WSJ, and WaPo reporters whose press passes expire in 2020 to return them, bans them from working as journalists in China, HK, Macau  —  The announcement comes weeks after President Trump limited the number of Chinese citizens who could work in the United States …
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Fox is buying ad-supported streaming service Tubi in a $440M cash deal; Tubi will remain a separate company with founder and CEO Farhad Massoudi staying on  —  Fox has acquired the ad-supporting streaming service Tubi in a $440 million cash deal.  —  Tubi will remain as a separate company …
New York Times:
The pandemic means a short-term bump in TV viewers even amid a pause in live sports and shows, but experts say consumers will soon cut costs and subscriptions  —  More Netflix.  Less ESPN.  The pandemic means a greater number of television viewers in the short term, but signals a potential threat …
Jeff vonKaenel / SN&R Extra:
The Sacramento News & Review will suspend publication of its print edition next week and lay off nearly all of its staff, but will continue to post online  —  Over the last 30 years, we have financed SN&R with advertising, mainly from local businesses promoting social gatherings at concerts …
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
With no sports to cover, sports journalists consider ideas like starting podcasts, while some reporters temporarily join news teams to help cover the pandemic  —  From high school to the pros, the games that filled sports sections have nearly all been called off.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK news audiences grow significantly due to COVID-19 for the BBC, Channel 4, and ITV with BBC News recording its biggest weekly audience since 2015  —  The BBC News Channel has recorded its biggest weekly audience since 2015 as a result of its coronavirus coverage, while Channel 4 News' audience has “effectively doubled” in ten days.
Dorrine Mendoza / Lenfest Institute for Journalism:
Facebook, Lenfest, Local Media Association partner to offer a total of $1M in grants of up to $5K for local newsrooms in US, Canada for costs linked to COVID-19  —  Today, the Facebook Journalism Project is partnering with the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the Local Media Association …
Steve Herman / Voice of America:
WHCA enforces social distancing in the White House briefing room, limiting the number of correspondents to 25, and TV networks have agreed to pool their cameras  —  The White House took enhanced precautions Monday against an invisible threat — the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Genvid, the interactive streaming platform that enables users to monetize livestreams via sponsorships, raises additional $6M, unveils five games using its tech  —  Genvid Technologies has expanded its latest round of funding with additional funding from strategic investors NTT Docomo Ventures, Samsung Ventures, and Huya.
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Tmera Hepburn / Cord Cutters News:
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Jamie Lang / Variety:
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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube say they're working with each other and healthcare agencies to tackle misinfo about COVID-19
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
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