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11:45 AM 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.
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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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 …
Discussion: Adweek, Forbes, Android Police and Engadget
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
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.
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  —  After 10 years of documenting memes, nobody has seen this much shit  —  Photography by Amelia Holowaty Krales; Illustrations by Garret Beard
Discussion: Mental Floss
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  —  Newsweek's international sites ran code that allegedly generated invalid traffic; Newsweek Media Group says it has removed the code, fired two employees linked to issues
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  —  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) says he'd like to grill America's social media companies at a hearing about the way threats of gun violence, including against schools, spread online.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Tronc says FTC and DOJ have approved sale of LA Times as company reports Q4 loss of $373K on revenue of $435M, up 2.3% YoY; print ad revenue down 11.2%  —  Federal regulators have approved Los Angeles billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong's planned purchase of the Los Angeles Times …
 
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Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: Snap plans layoffs to its engineering department, the largest layoffs to date; source says about 100 people, less than 10% of the unit, are affected
Alexander Osipovich / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify has chosen Citadel Securities to handle its direct listing on NYSE and be its market maker
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
In an interview, Peter Thiel says he is pursuing Gawker through the courts because Terry Bollea is owed money and does not plan to destroy site's archives