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1:30 AM ET, March 14, 2018


 Top News: 
Michael Del Moro / ABC News:
Parents of Seth Rich, the DNC staffer killed in 2016, have sued Fox News, Malia Zimmerman, and Ed Butowsky over retracted story connecting Rich to a conspiracy  —  The family of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, who was killed in 2016, has filed a lawsuit against Fox News …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Elon Musk is backing comedy project from former Onion editors Cole Bolton and Ben Berkley, who've hired three writers and an editor away from The Onion  —  Early in February, the satirical news publication The Onion published a story about Elon Musk, titled, “Elon Musk Offering $1.2 Billion …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube will add Wikipedia information to videos about popular conspiracy theories within weeks to provide alternate viewpoints  —  Pushing back on crazy theories  —  YouTube will add information from Wikipedia to videos about popular conspiracy theories …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube has started limiting the number of hours its part-time content moderators can view disturbing videos to four hours per day  —  A move to protect workers' mental health among growing criticism  —  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said today that the video platform …
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
A&E Networks Chief Executive Nancy Dubuc becomes CEO of VICE, while co-founder Shane Smith moves to executive chairman role  —  News comes a day after Dubuc made official her plans to leave a longtime role at A+E Networks.  —  Nancy Dubuc is officially taking the reins at Vice.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Sources: subscribers to newspapers will find articles from those outlets appearing higher in Google search results; Google to share more details on March 20  —  Tech giant said to begin sharing data on potential customers  —  Publishers have pushed for new tools to find readers who pay
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Some cable networks have again aired a live Trump campaign rally filled with insults and falsehoods, and it's still wrong  —  Even before the 2016 presidential election, CNN's top honcho admitted that his network had given Donald Trump too much free exposure in the Republican primary.
Russia's Foreign Ministry says it will expel British media from Russia if the UK revokes RT's broadcasting license  —  Not a single British media outlet will be working in Russia if London decides to shut down RT broadcasting in the UK, Maria Zakharova, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said.
Kashmir Hill / Gizmodo:
How conservative activists from Project Veritas use hoax job recruitment and seduction to catfish tech giants like Twitter; experts question legality  —  Mo Norai has worked in Silicon Valley for a decade.  He's done stints at Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Apple, but only as a contract worker …
Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC:
Google will ban all cryptocurrency-related advertising, including ICOs, wallets, and trading advice across all of its ad platforms, starting June 2018  —  - The company will no longer allow ads about cryptocurrency-related content, including initial coin offerings (ICOs), wallets, and trading advice across any of its ad platforms.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google removed 3.2B “bad ads” in 2017, up from 1.7B in 2016, and blocked 320K publishers, 90K sites, and 700K mobile apps for content policy violations  —  As the world's largest search engine and a digital advertising behemoth, Google has a lot to answer for when it comes …
Discussion: VentureBeat, CNET and The Keyword
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti discusses the company's missed 2017 targets, struggles with advertisers, and potential for a partial paywall on the site  —  This article is a free preview of the new issue of Digiday magazine, our quarterly print publication that's distributed to Digiday+ members.
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU panel calls for voluntary code of conduct for platforms to fight disinformation, but consumer group says panel ignored a core cause: ad-based business models
Discussion: Financial Times and EU Press Room
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Jon Miller and TPG acquired majority control of Fandom last month at a valuation, sources say, of $200M
Discussion: @rafat
Blake Montgomery / BuzzFeed:
Brennan Gilmore, who filmed terror incident at Charlottesville, has sued Infowars, Alex Jones, Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft, and others for defamation
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Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
In China, new proposals could see current regulatory body overseeing media abolished and replaced by a new organization under closer control of Communist party
Discussion: Variety and Variety
Tom Miles / Reuters:
UN human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Myanmar say that Facebook has played a role in spreading hate speech in the country
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Facebook is aiming to launch a news section for its Watch platform this summer and is testing different video partnerships with roughly ten publishers
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is testing Facebook Camera AR experiences via tracking markers on posters of two films, will add tracker-based AR capabilities to AR Studio in April