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4:45 AM ET, March 18, 2016


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
NPR changes policy to prohibit promotion of podcasts and NPR One app on the air in apparent effort to appease local radio stations  —  NPR decides it won't promote its podcasts or NPR One on air  —  NPR is — sort of like the Associated Press and the major broadcast networks — a creature of its structure.
U.S. Department of Justice:
US Department of Justice files antitrust suit to block Tribune Publishing from buying the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise  —  Justice Department Files Antitrust Lawsuit to Stop L.A. Times Publisher from Acquiring Competing Newspapers  —  Acquisition Would Monopolize Newspapers …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Tribune Publishing wins $56 million auction to acquire OC Register
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube and Google Play agree to join T-Mobile's Binge On Program, following criticism of video throttling  —  YouTube and Google Play Movies & TV will now participate in T-Mobile's “Binge On” program, which offers cellular subscribers the ability to watch a variety of services without those streams counting against users' data plans.
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Kickstarter acquires Drip, a music streaming service and fan community for independent labels  —  Kickstarter acquires its first company  —  Kickstarter has acquired Drip, a music-streaming service and fan community for independent labels, the company announced today.
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Sources: SoundCloud signs licensing deal with Sony Music, the last of three major labels, paving way for launch of paid subscription service later this year  —  SoundCloud has signed a licensing deal with Sony Music, giving it deals with all three major labels and paving …
Discussion: Digital Music News and The Wrap
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Broadcaster Sky jumps into virtual reality, launches new content studio and readies VR app  —  European pay-TV broadcaster Sky — a long-time investor in virtual reality startup Jaunt — has positioned itself as a more direct content player in the VR world.  Today the company …
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Spotify and National Music Publishing Association reach settlement over unpaid royalties, sources say up to $30M payout pool  —  Spotify and Publishing Group Reach $30 Million Settlement Agreement Over Unpaid Royalties  —  Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, speaks to reporters at a news conference on May 20, 2015 in New York.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
A friendly new Slack bot from Digg lets you ask for articles around keywords, domain names, and more  —  Chat bots (and chatty bots) are the new [insert 2015 journalism trend of your choice].  In particular, as the team messaging tool Slack takes over newsrooms, Slack integrations eager …
Tom Dotan / The Information:
Sources: Time Warner investing more in Mashable, following prior funding from Time Warner Investments  —  Time Warner Investing More in Mashable  —  Time Warner is pumping more money into Mashable, a millennial-focused tech and pop culture news site, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: @rafat, @michellerobbins and @jwherrman
Amy X. Wang / Quartz:
Click fraud moves into music streaming, draining money from companies and artists, and it's almost impossible to detect  —  Music streaming has a nearly undetectable fraud problem  —  Loud controversies are a hallmark of the music streaming industry.  —  Remember Taylor Swift's public feud with Spotify?
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Guardian Media Group to cut 250 jobs in bid to break even within three years  —  Publisher of the Guardian and Observer says it hopes cuts, which include target of 100 editorial roles, will all be voluntary  —  Guardian Media Group is planning to cut 250 jobs - including 100 in editorial …
Human Rights Watch:
Azerbaijan president pardons 148 prisoners, including 13 journalists and activists, but Khadija Ismayilova remains in prison  —  Dispatches: Good News from Azerbaijan (For a Change)  —  President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan signed a decree today for the Novruz holiday, pardoning 148 prisoners …
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
The Independent launches £12.99 a month subscription app in advance of print closure, includes news, business, comment, sports, and columns  —  Independent launches paid-for digital edition  —  Independent Daily Edition subscription app contains news, business, comment and sport sections, offered in free trial
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Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Police drop charges against CBS News reporter Sopan Deb, arrested after Chicago Trump event
Discussion: CBS News and TVNewser
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Hulk Hogan's legal team trying to stop court from releasing documents before Gawker verdict
 Earlier Picks: 
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Twitter continues rolling out its new algorithmic timeline, provides an easy opt-out option
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
The New York Times should have alerted readers and explained post-publication changes to Bernie Sanders article
Patrick Foster / Telegraph:
UKTV executive sacked after stealing huge cache of confidential TV data from media regulator
Discussion: Guardian
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The Coral Project to release Trust open source comment management app in beta later this year, will be tested at The New York Times and Washington Post