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3:30 PM ET, March 16, 2021


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will begin testing its publishing platform, including website and newsletter tools, with a small group of writers, some of whom will be paid  —  Facebook will soon begin testing partnerships with a small group of independent writers for its new publishing platform, sources tell Axios.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Report: Fortune employees are staging a day-long strike to protest performance targets like byline counts and traffic goals and to push for diversity measures  —  Staffers at Fortune are staging a day-long work stoppage on Tuesday, reports Steven Perlberg of Insider.
Financial Times:
Sources: Tencent and ByteDance are testing a new tool called CAID, developed by the China Advertising Association, to bypass Apple's IDFA ad privacy changes  —  ByteDance and Tencent see if they can keep tracking iPhone users with solution created by state-backed group
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
Cleveland Plain Dealer says it won't cover inaccurate statements by a US Senate candidate that it considers ploys for attention, a departure from convention  —  Ohio's biggest newspaper is taking an unusual tack toward covering falsehoods from a U.S. Senate candidate: It doesn't plan to do so at all.
Adam Tinworth / One Man & His Blog:
The Telegraph's plan to reward journalists who attract and retain subscribers will not reward clickbait  —  The Telegraph's plan to incentivise subscriber-friendly content doesn't look like clickbait payments, whatever Twitter says  —  There's a Guardian article blowing up on Twitter at the moment …
Archie Bland / The Guardian:
UK columnist Julie Burchill apologizes to journalist Ash Sarkar and will pay damages after accusing her of being an Islamist, worshipping a pedophile, and more  —  Columnist apologises to journalist, saying social media posts included ‘racist and misogynist’ comments
Sara Rimer / BU Today:
BU and Boston Globe Opinion to launch The Emancipator, an antiracist multimedia project, this summer, with op-eds, debates, and more by journalists and scholars  —  Website will use research, opinion essays, and data to write about racial justice, from academics, journalists, authors, and students
Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
In a letter to HFPA, over 100 Hollywood PR firms say they will pull their clients from HFPA events or interviews pending the org's “explicit plans” for change
News Corp:
News Corp says it has reached a three-year deal with Facebook to provide news to Facebook users in Australia through the Facebook News product  —  Expands News Corp-Facebook Connection, Which Began With Deal In US  —  New York, NY (March 15, 2021) - News Corp announced today that it has reached …
The Verge:
A group of 15 AGs update their antitrust complaint against Google, taking aim at privacy updates to Chrome related to ad targeting and Google's Privacy Sandbox  —  ‘Google is trying to hide its true intentions behind a pretext of privacy,’ say prosecutors  —  State antitrust watchdogs …
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Rachel Lerman / Washington Post:
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Carl Hiaasen / Miami Herald:
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Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
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Jake Coyle / Associated Press:
Netflix leads 93rd Academy Awards with 10 nominations for Mank; for the first time, two women, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell, were nominated for best director