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7:10 AM ET, March 9, 2018

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New York Times:
Sources: Barack and Michelle Obama are in advanced talks with Netflix to produce a series of exclusive shows, possibly highlighting inspirational stories  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama is in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows …
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Netflix buys rights to Extreme Universe comics from Rob Liefeld, creator of Deadpool, in a seven-figure deal  —  EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has bet big on the Extreme Universe of graphic novel characters hatched by Rob Liefeld, whose disruptive Deadpool creation was the blockbuster movie surprise of 2016.
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 …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Jared Kushner talked to David Brock and Univision chair Haim Saban about buying New York Observer in January 2017; source says $20M price ended talks  —  Just days before heading to a West Wing job, Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was secretly engaged in talks to sell …
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Fox News settles suit with Diana Falzone, who said she was demoted after writing about her medical disorder; lawyer says she has left the company  —  Diana Falzone, a reporter who covered entertainment and issues related to sexual harassment, has settled a lawsuit with Fox News and left the company …
Discussion: Mediaite
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The Better India, a news org focused on positive news gets 80% of its revenue from sponsored content, has 1.9M Facebook followers, 100K newsletter subscribers  —  “It was a huge revelation: If these kinds of stories, read by just a few thousand back then, could drive this kind of response …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
How WGBH uses volunteers and gamification to transcribe and tag metadata on thousands of hours of public radio and television to secure a reliable archive  —  It might not be the sexiest journalism innovation, but WGBH is hoping to keep public radio and public television's massive archives alive …
Reporters Without Borders:
Egyptian prosecutors seek death sentence for photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, who was arrested in 2013 during an anti-government protest while on assignment  —  Organisation  —  RSF_en  —  Prosecutors have requested a death sentence for Mahmoud Abou Zeid, an Egyptian photojournalist known …
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 …
 
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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
Discussion: TVNewser
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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
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
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