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3:30 PM ET, March 8, 2018

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New York Times:
New York Times obituaries now feature Overlooked, a series on women and people of color who hadn't received obituaries when they died, starting with 15 women  —  The poet Sylvia Plath and the novelist Charlotte Brontë.  Ida B. Wells, the anti-lynching activist.
StarWars.com:
Iron Man director Jon Favreau to write and produce a live-action Star Wars series for Disney's new streaming service  —  The director of Iron Man and The Jungle Book will helm the series for Disney's new direct-to-consumer platform.  —  Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Emmy-nominated producer …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV renews MLB marketing deal and adds MLB Network to channel lineup, will sponsor 2018 and 2019 World Series  —  YouTube TV adds MLB Network to channel lineup under expanded deal  —  YouTube is back in Major League Baseball's clubhouse with an expanded marketing deal that makes YouTube TV …
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis shows that IRA-backed trolls flooded social media to oppose Romney as a possible secretary of state, following claims that Russia was opposed to him  —  Online campaign targeted the ex-GOP nominee as Donald Trump considered him in late 2016  —  Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president …
Discussion: The Hill
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources: local TV anchors at Sinclair stations are concerned about mandatory on-air corporate promos that claim national media outlets publish fake news  —  “This is so manipulative.”  —  That's an anchor at a local TV station owned by Sinclair, describing the company's latest mandate …
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The Guardian:
Sri Lankan authorities block access to Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other social media services in an attempt to curb anti-Muslim violence  —  Reports of attack on Buddhist temple sparks anti-Muslim riots in Kandy district  —  Michael Safi in Colombo and Amantha Perera
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google says it is taking the lessons it has learned from AMP and is applying them to web standards that could allow instant loading for non-AMP web content  —  Can the most contentious piece of the web form the basis of a new standard?  —  In a blog post today, Google is announcing …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Netflix data shows that while only 25% of users sign up on TVs, most viewing, ~45% after one month and 70% after six months, happens on TVs  —  Most Netflix subscribers sign up on phones or computers.  But 70 percent of viewing happens on TVs.  —  You can watch Netflix in almost every country in the world, on any device you want.
Armin Rosen / Fast Company:
Activists documenting Syrian war say YouTube takedowns and restorations of videos in 2017 left 200K+ videos offline with deletions now continuing at slower pace  —  Thousands of videos, some of which offer crucial evidence of war crimes, have been deleted via the platform's algorithms.
Discussion: @arminrosen
 
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David McCabe / Axios:
Senator Lindsey Graham says he wants to hold hearings to question social media companies about how threats of gun violence spread online
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Verge:
Profile of Know Your Meme, a website and video series that has been documenting viral online content and internet meme culture for over ten years
Discussion: Mental Floss
Wall Street Journal:
Univision board chair says CEO Randy Falco plans to retire at end of 2018, earlier than planned; sources say a company review could lead to cost cuts of ~$200M
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Wall Street Journal:
Newsweek Media Group says it fired two engineers connected with code that inflated ad metrics, says it removed code; some ad tech firms cut ties with company
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube is rolling out YouTube Studio for all creators, adding a dashboard and new metrics, including impressions when a viewer sees a video thumbnail
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Snap confirms it has laid off just over 120 people in its engineering department, less than 10% of the unit, in its largest round of layoffs to date