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5:30 PM ET, March 3, 2018

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Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
BuzzSumo study of 100M articles posted in 2017 shows social sharing halved since 2015 and Google sites drove 2x more referrals to publishers than social media  —  Publishers may be getting dinged — and in some cases destroyed — by Facebook's move to decrease the amount of publisher content …
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
E! producer Aileen Gram-Moreno says she was fired for allowing a clip that criticized the network over gender pay disparity to air during Golden Globes show  —  With accusations of sexual harassment dogging its star host, Ryan Seacrest, and celebrities reportedly planning to steer clear …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The Weinstein Company avoids bankruptcy through a $500M takeover led by Maria Contreras-Sweet; deal includes up to $90M in compensation for Weinstein accusers  —  Weinstein empire unravels amid scandal  —  The Weinstein Company's bankruptcy talk has been replaced by deal talk.
Kristopher Tapley / Variety:
Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster to present best actress Oscar, replacing Casey Affleck who withdrew after sexual harassment accusations  —  Breaking with tradition in the midst of an awards season that has come to colloquially become known as “the year of the woman,” …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Some sites change domain names, a practice known as domain hopping, to avoid ad agency blacklists and losing traffic as a result of Facebook's algorithm changes  —  Domain hopping is one way publishers are combatting declining traffic from Facebook while also staying one step ahead of advertising blacklists.
Discussion: @adam22
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
China is prosecuting a citizen who shared a critical message on WhatsApp; message was likely obtained by hacking a phone or via spy in a WhatsApp group  —  SHANGHAI — Within its digital borders, China has long censored what its people read and say online.  Now, it is increasingly going beyond …
Nina Xiang / China Money Network:
Chinese anime-streaming platform Bilibili files for $400M US IPO, says its revenue increased from $80.4M in 2016 to $379.4M in 2017 and it had 72M MAUs in Q4  —  Chinese online anime-streaming platform Bilibili Inc. has filed a F-1 form to raise as much as US$400 million via a listing …
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
World's longest-imprisoned journalist, Yusuf Ruzimuradov, has been freed in Uzbekistan after spending 19 years in jail  —  Uzbekistan has freed a reporter who was incarcerated for nearly two decades on sedition charges, the longest-known prison term served by a journalist, human rights advocates said Friday.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Gimlet Media expands into voice assistant content with “Chompers”, a sponsored Alexa app that encourages children to brush their teeth with twice-daily episodes  —  Podcasting company Gimlet Media is launching its first show for Amazon Alexa, part of a broader push into content for voice assistants
Discussion: RAIN News
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources detail what some describe as an unhappy work environment at Snap, where CEO Evan Spiegel retains tight control but has been empowering some executives  —  Employees won't get cash bonuses after missing internal goals  —  Spiegel said to be working to spread decision-making authority
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
With Smarticles, The Guardian tests a format where algorithms provide new information based on the reader's last visit and the importance of new developments  —  Like Circa before it, The Guardian aims to atomize a big breaking story into its individual parts — and then be smart about showing you the right ones at the right time.
Discussion: @bmorrissey
 
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