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5:35 PM ET, March 16, 2018

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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 …
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.
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Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
Shep Smith signs multiyear deal with Fox News, renewing his status as the channel's chief news anchor and managing editor of breaking news
Discussion: Variety, TVNewser and Mediaite
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.
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  —  Chicago Tribune staffers bid farewell to more of their colleagues as another wave of layoffs hit the newsroom today.
Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Michael Getler, a Washington Post foreign correspondent, editor and ombudsman, as well as an ombudsman for PBS, dies at 82  —  Michael Getler, a Washington Post foreign correspondent and editor who later led the Paris-based International Herald Tribune and served as an incisive in-house media critic …
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
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  —  Jesse Aaron Paul could hardly believe his good fortune when he started his internship at the Denver Post in 2014 not long after he graduated from Colorado College.
James Andrew Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with former ESPN President John Skipper, who resigned in December citing substance addiction; he says someone tried to extort him for buying cocaine  —  The former network chief goes public in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the real reason behind his abrupt departure …
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
CNN:
Trump administration announces new Russia sanctions on 5 entities, including IRA, and 19 individuals, in response to US election interference and cyberattacks  —  Putin's ‘chef,’ the man behind the troll factory  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration announced Thursday it is enacting …
 
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
BuzzFeed tests specific release times, or “universal windows”, for its episodic shows across platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, Hulu, and Roku
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
Miroslava Germanova / New York Times:
Slovakia's prime minister resigns after demonstrations following murder of journalist Jan Kuciak
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify confirms it is testing an in-app voice control feature; user demo shows fairly accurate speech recognition
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
Discussion: Forbes
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Trump's nomination of CNBC's Larry Kudlow is another instance of the feedback loop between the president and cable news