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9:00 PM ET, March 16, 2018

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Daniel D'Addario / TIME:
Fox's Shep Smith on separating news and opinion programming, quitting if the show changes to accommodate viewers, concerns about who would replace him, and more  —  In a Manhattan Fox News studio on a recent Tuesday in February, Shepard Smith sits ready to begin taping his 3 p.m. newscast.
ProPublica:
ProPublica retracts reporting saying Gina Haspel oversaw a “black site” while al-Qaida suspect Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded and that she mocked his suffering  —  On Feb. 22, 2017, ProPublica published a story that inaccurately described Gina Haspel's role in the treatment of Abu Zubaydah …
Molly McHugh / The Ringer:
Digg to shut down Digg Reader, its barebones RSS reader, on March 26  —  A requiem for a haven from algorithms and trending topics  —  On Wednesday, Digg announced that it will be shutting down Digg Reader on March 26.  The RSS reader, for me and likely many others, was a godsend after the 2013 shuttering of Google Reader.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Univision-hired consulting firm's preliminary recommendation calls for cuts of Fusion's budget by up to 35%; Fusion has 600 staff, ~$150M annual budget  —  Parent company Univision has hired a consulting firm to review the entire business and recommend budget reductions
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook apologizes and says it is investigating why its search box autocomplete suggested sexual videos, child abuse content, and other strange results  —  Searches starting ‘video of’ returned autocomplete suggestions of sexual videos and child abuse content
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Naming Nancy Dubuc CEO of Vice signals both its commitment to changing its internal culture and a traditional shift from visionary founder to proven operator  —  A+E's Nancy Dubuc has picked hits (Duck Dynasty, Ice Road Truckers), acts like an adult, and is female—which is precisely what Vice needs right now.
Discussion: Splinter
Wikimedia Blog:
Wikipedia survey over 14 languages shows about 35% of users are seeking a specific fact, 33% want a topic overview, and 32% want to read about a topic in depth  —  Wikimedia's mission is to provide educational content and to effectively disseminate it.  Doing so requires understanding …
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Fast Company
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
BuzzFeed tests specific release times, or “universal windows”, for its episodic shows across platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, Hulu, and Roku  —  BuzzFeed is experimenting with a new windowing strategy to get people to tune into its distributed series.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Facebook plans to launch Oculus Go standalone VR headset at f8 developer conference on May 1  —  Facebook is looking to officially launch its Oculus Go standalone virtual reality (VR) headset at its f8 developer conference on May 1, Variety has learned from multiple sources familiar with the company's plans.
 
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Times of London to pilot an algorithm that aims to serve subscribers relevant content at opportune times and help convert registered users into subscribers
Discussion: @chrisduncania
Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Michael Getler, a Washington Post foreign correspondent, editor and ombudsman, as well as an ombudsman for PBS, dies at 82
Robert Feder:
Layoffs hit Tronc's Chicago Tribune, the second round in five months; memo lists other changes, including content management system, redesign, and planned move
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The latest Denver Post cuts, an apparent “harvesting strategy” by Alden Global Capital, parent of Digital First Media, shock and sadden remaining journalists
The Guardian:
Guardian report on gender pay gap: men paid 11.3% more, top-paid workers are 65% male; outlet aims for 50/50 gender balance in top half of organization by 2023
CNN:
Trump administration announces new Russia sanctions on 5 entities, including IRA, and 19 individuals, in response to US election interference and cyberattacks