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5:05 PM ET, March 20, 2018


 Top News: 
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Source: Zuckerberg and Sandberg were absent from meeting conducted by Facebook attorney for employees with questions about firm's role with Cambridge Analytica  —  It's not just that he's silent in public.  Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg declined to face his employees on Tuesday …
Source: US FTC is investigating Facebook's use of personal data and whether it violated policies by letting Cambridge Analytica receive some user information  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is probing Facebook over whether it violated terms of a consent decree over its use of personal data …
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook CSO Alex Stamos to leave amid disagreements with top execs over disinformation, will stay until August; his team is down from 120 to 3 people  —  As Facebook grapples with a backlash over its role in spreading disinformation, an internal dispute over how to handle the threat …
Channel 4 News:
Cambridge Analytica execs boasted of running “all the digital campaign, the television campaign” for Trump and described comms tactics to avoid a paper trail  —  An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran key parts of the presidential campaign for Donald Trump.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
A look at Cambridge Analytica's targeted Facebook ads attacking Hillary Clinton for Mercer-backed Make America Number One PAC, reaping millions of impressions  —  A pro-Trump super PAC funded by the billionaire Mercer family used Cambridge Analytica to help it generate millions of views …
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
New York and Massachusetts AGs jointly investigating Facebook; source says they're asking for all notifications sent to users about data collection since 2013
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg summoned by UK Parliament's Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Select Committee to testify regarding Cambridge Analytica scandal
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Former Playboy model Karen McDougal sues National Enquirer owner, seeking to be released from a 2016 contract requiring silence about alleged affair with Trump  —  A former Playboy model who claimed she had an affair with Donald J. Trump sued on Tuesday to be released from a 2016 legal agreement requiring …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
The Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy, releases victims from NDAs, positions private equity firm Lantern Asset Management as stalking horse bidder  —  Lantern Asset Management will be the bidder for assets after coming to a purchase agreement.  —  The Weinstein Co. is now seeking the protection of bankruptcy court.
Jim Albrecht / The Keyword:
Google debuts Subscribe with Google, which lets users buy subscriptions to news sites using Google Accounts and access them from apps, sites, and search results  —  If you've ever subscribed to a news site, you know that it can sometimes be an onerous task.  This isn't the publisher's fault, it's just the way websites work.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Google says it will spend $300M over the next three years to support journalism and fight disinformation through the newly announced Google News Initiative  —  ‘We need to do more’  —  Google is announcing new efforts today to support the media industry by fighting misinformation and bolstering journalism …
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
Video of speech by alt-right leader Richard Spencer, posted by The Atlantic, was removed from search results by YouTube which said it was borderline hate speech  —  Less than two weeks after the 2016 election, a prominent alt-right leader addressed more than 200 people gathered …
Discussion: The Guardian
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Manhattan judge rules Trump's role as commander in chief does not grant him immunity from defamation suit filed by ex-Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos  —  President Trump must face a defamation suit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos after a Manhattan Supreme Court judge denied …
Discussion: Slate
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Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Three women suing Bill O'Reilly for defamation ask judge to allow their settlement agreements with the former Fox News star to be entered into the public record
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Roku says The Roku Channel, its free, ad-supported VOD offering, is set to debut this summer on select Samsung smart TVs
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Chinese video streaming services iQiyi and Bilibili set US IPO terms: iQiyi to raise up to $2.4B at $17-$19/share, Bilibili up to $525M at $10.50-$12.50/share
Discussion: The Drum
 Earlier Picks: 
Mehdi Hasan / The Intercept:
60 Minutes' Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman interview ignored humanitarian crisis; questions should have focused on Yemen, death penalties, Iran, more
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Distracted by Trump scandals, American media pays less attention to expansion of drones and airstrikes, while the Pentagon makes less info public