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8:55 AM ET, March 17, 2016


 Top News: 
Geoffrey Mohan / Los Angeles Times:
Tribune Publishing's bid for O.C. Register faces antitrust hurdles, DOJ says
Amanda Meade / Guardian:
Fairfax Media to cut 120 full-time jobs at Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review, and The Age  —  Fairfax Media journalists on strike until Monday after 120 jobs axed  —  Staff at Sydney Morning Herald, Age and Australian Financial Review respond after editorial director announces major redundancy program
German court rules Apple violated OpenTV streaming video patents, orders company to stop selling infringing products in Germany  —  German court rules against Apple in video streaming patent case  —  A German court has ruled against Apple Inc in a case over video streaming patents …
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Producers of Spotlight movie, Open Road Films, acknowledge fictionalized dialog after Boston College worker Jack Dunn asks for scene to be removed  —  ‘Spotlight’ Distributor Absolves Boston Man of Complicity in the Church Cover-Up  —  Open Road, which distributed the Oscar-winning movie …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Patrick Foster / Telegraph:
UKTV executive sacked after stealing huge cache of confidential TV data from media regulator  —  Former Ofcom employee offered bosses six years' worth of revenue and spending data, submitted to the regulator by rival broadcasters  —  A television company that is part-owned by the BBC …
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  —  The Coral Project unveils its first product to make comments better  —  On Monday at SXSW, The Coral Project provided more details …
Anita Busch / Deadline:
Relativity Says It Has Closed $400M Financing Deal With Maple Leaf Films  —  Relativity Media said today that it has secured $400M in film financing from Michael Wexler and Tove Christensen's Maple Leaf Films and that the two companies have executed a binding agreement for Maple Leaf Films …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fandango to Rebrand M-Go Video Service ‘FandangoNow’  —  Rollout timed for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ April 1 home-video release  —  NBCUniversal's Fandango is aiming to phase out the M-Go brand by the end of the month, announcing plans to relaunch the service as “FandangoNow.”
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Patrick Caldwell / Mother Jones:
The number of publications shut out by Trump keeps growing, has now included National Review, the Des Moines Register, Univision, Mother Jones, more
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:
Viacom Elects Frederic Salerno to Be Independent Director
Associated Press:
Indian journalists see more threats, attacks with Modi as PM
Jacob Silverman / The Baffler:
How a writer went from earning $150 per piece for the Atlantic to $2K for one story for its paid content wing, and discovered there is money in journalism
 Earlier Picks: 
Nathalie Tadena / Wall Street Journal:
Retailer Lord & Taylor settles with FTC for not making clear disclosures that it paid for Nylon magazine article and social influencer Instagram posts
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice to expand to Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Croatia by year end
Discussion: Variety and Guardian