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1:20 PM ET, March 18, 2016

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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Trump not asked about alleged journalist assault by top aide in more than a dozen TV interviews  —  No One's Asking Donald Trump About Campaign Manager Accused Of Grabbing Reporter  —  The Republican front-runner has done more than a dozen TV interviews without getting a single question about his top aide, Corey Lewandowski.
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.
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 …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Venezuelan government newsprint squeeze forces newspaper to stop printing  —  Blaming the refusal of the government to sell it newsprint, the independent Venezuelan daily El Carabobeño printed its final edition on Thursday, according to news reports.  The newspaper has published …
Discussion: @cpjamericas
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Comic-Con to release free, beta of subscription video service May 7, will go paid in June  —  Comic-Con, the Video Channel, to Begin in May  —  LOS ANGELES — To spend four days in the hot, sweaty halls of Comic-Con International is an annual endurance test.  —  But a fan test of another kind begins on May 7.
Discussion: iDigitalTimes.com
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
ABC and Warner Bros. TV Group stacking rights deal will let viewers binge on entire current seasons instead of only last five episodes  —  ABC, Warner Bros. TV Group Set Broad Agreement for In-Season Stacking Rights to Shows  —  ABC and Warner Bros. TV Group have hammered …
Mona Lalwani / Engadget:
Interview with Giphy team on resurgence of GIFs, importance of the loop, and Giphy Studios, its new original content studio in LA  —  Giphy wants to be the Netflix of GIFs  —  GIFs are portable human expressions.  Looped images of grumpy cats, falling babies and weird Drake moves convey …
Discussion: The Next Web
Parker Richards / The New York Observer:
Cartoonist Ted Rall to Sue LA Times for Defamation  —  Ted rall is sticking by his story, and now he's lawyering up to prove his point  —  Acclaimed writer and cartoonist Ted Rall, who was let go from the Los Angeles Times last summer, has announced that he is suing his former client …
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Sony Pictures Television shifting to an international-first model, with sales to UK's Channel 4 and ITV and Canada's Shaw before selling shows US channels  —  TV starts to rewrite its US-first script  —  Television viewers around the world have feasted on a diet of imported …
Popbitch:
Recap of major testimony in Hulk Hogan-Gawker lawsuit as closing arguments are set to begin  —  Gawkward Answers  —  The second week of the Hulk Hogan sex tape trial has seen the defendants - New York gossip blog, Gawker - attempt to justify publishing uncensored footage of Hulk Hogan having sex.
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: @michellerobbins, @rafat and @jwherrman
 
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Mark Berman / Washington Post:
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US Department of Justice files antitrust suit to block Tribune Publishing from buying the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise
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