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6:15 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 …
Maria Temming / Science News:
Study of 4.5M+ tweets from 2006 to 2017 confirms inaccurate news spreads faster and further than true stories, and humans, not bots, are primarily to blame  —  An analysis of 4.5 million tweets shows falsehoods are 70 percent more likely to get shared  —  There's been a lot of talk …
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 …
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 …
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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David McCabe / Axios:
Lobbying group that includes Twitter, Reddit, and Automattic asks for changes to anti-sex-trafficking bill to make it easier for smaller companies to implement  —  A group of web companies including Twitter, Reddit and Yelp are mounting a last-ditch effort to modify an anti-trafficking bill …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Lester Holt on changes to news broadcasts: focus is on scoops, exclusive interviews, and on-site reporting, given that viewers already know the day's news  —  Even as NBC News takes a moment to celebrate the history of its flagship evening newscast, Lester Holt says he's ready to keep covering the history of the modern world.
Discussion: TVNewser
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.
 
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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
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