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2:55 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  —  One of the largest newspapers in California may soon have a new owner.  —  Tribune Publishing, the newspaper chain whose holdings include the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, has agreed to purchase …
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Twitter quietly turned on its new algorithmic timeline for everyone  —  Twitter's new algorithmic timeline was heralded as the end of the service by many, but when it launched, it amounted to nothing more than the natural evolution of the prior ‘while you were away’ feature.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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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Amy X. Wang / Quartz:
Click fraud moves into music streaming, draining money from companies and artists, and it's almost impossible to detect
Human Rights Watch:
Azerbaijan president pardons 148 prisoners, including 13 journalists and activists, but Khadija Ismayilova remains in prison
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: 
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