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11:05 AM ET, March 28, 2017


 Top News: 
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Twitter gives publishers option to run pre-roll ads on Periscope broadcasts  —  Twitter is announcing a new ad unit — pre-roll ads on Periscope videos.  —  In a blog post, Periscope Group Project Manager Mike Folgner says the ads will appear in a way that's “organic to how people already consume that content on the platform.”
Felicia Schwartz / Wall Street Journal:
State Department suspends press briefings and will not resume them for at least two weeks, as Rex Tillerson searches for a permanent spokesperson  —  With the departure of acting spokesman Mark Toner, the press podium at the State Department will go dark for at least two weeks.
Playbook: Washington Post, CNN, and McClatchy Newspapers' DC bureau have all increased their security in recent months; CNN did so following threats to staff  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WE HOPE THIS IS TRUE — Playbook's Palm Beach correspondent Luke Russert sends in this dispatch …
Discussion: AOL
Brent Lang / Variety:
IMAX signs co-financing and co-production agreement with Warner Bros. to create three VR experiences based on upcoming Warner Bros. films  —  If virtual reality is truly the new frontier that the entertainment industry hopes it will be, then Warner Bros. and Imax want to be among the pioneers.
Discussion: PR Newswire and TechCrunch
eMarketer and Newsroom Posts:
YouGov survey finds 61% of people trust ads they see, an 11% jump from March 2014; 72% say ads are “honest”, a 16% increase over past three years  —  Consumers say they trust ads, new survey finds  —  Trust in key institutions has plummeted in the US, but a new survey finds significantly …
Discussion: @linkedinb2b
Forbes partners with SK Media Finland to launch its first Nordic edition, Forbes Finland, with a digital app and live events planned for May and June  —  Forbes announced today the launch of Forbes Finland, its first international edition in Nordic countries, in partnership with SK Media Finland (SKF).
Discussion: MediaPost and Adweek
Alec Luhn / The Guardian:
First-person account from an American journalist who was detained by riot police while covering a demonstration in Moscow on Sunday  —  The treatment of peaceful protesters was shocking  —  raised my phone to take a photo as riot police suddenly began detaining protesters …
Bangkok Post:
Thai government suspends Voice TV news channel for seven days after subcommittee found certain programs criticized authorities without good reasons  —  Voice TV, a news outlet owned by former PM Thaksin Shinawatra's children, has vowed to take legal action against regulators after its digital TV licence was suspended for seven days.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Stephen F. Hayes makes several new hires as the new editor of The Weekly Standard, including WSJ's Robert Messenger, Slate's Rachael Larimore, and more  —  When Breitbart News ran a blaring headline last week suggesting that new evidence “vindicates” President Trump's still-baseless claims …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Scott Pelley of CBS Evening News sets himself apart with blunt, calm words on President Trump's fact-challenged assertions  —  With the words “credibility questioned” prominent on the screen, Scott Pelley once again is doing what network evening-news anchors generally don't do …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Scott Pelley's 60 Minutes interview with Mike Cernovich demonstrates how the mainstream media and the new right media exist in parallel universes
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Female-focused site Bustle raises $12M Series D to push into political and video reporting; source says post-money valuation is $200M
Discussion: @rafat
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
James Gianopulos, who previously ran 20th Century Fox, will take over as chairman of Paramount on April 3
Discussion: Variety and Hollywood Reporter
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Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
US Senate Daily Press Gallery denies permanent Congressional press passes to Breitbart, until it clarifies links to conservative non-profit and Rebekah Mercer
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Gabriel Escobar named editor, VP of Philadelphia Media Network, placing him in charge of The Inquirer, Daily News, and; Marimow named editor at large
Discussion: @pkerkstra