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2:15 PM ET, March 21, 2018


 Top News: 
Washington Post:
Chris Wylie says Breitbart's Steve Bannon approved Cambridge Analytica's 2014 work to collect Facebook data; firm used focus groups to test views on Putin, more  —  LONDON — Conservative strategist Stephen K. Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica's early efforts to collect troves of Facebook data …
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with David Carroll, a New York professor who sued Cambridge Analytica in the UK under the Data Protection Act, hours before news of the scandal broke  —  iday, David Carroll filed a legal challenge in Britain asking the court to force Cambridge Analytica to disclose how it came …
Jason Abbruzzese / NBC News:
Facebook confirms Zuckerberg will speak publicly in the next 24 hours on Cambridge Analytica scandal, as stock market plunges wipe nearly $50B of its value  —  #WheresZuck had become a question in the past couple days  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will speak publicly in the next 24 hours with a …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Source: Mark Zuckerberg expected to address Facebook employees about Cambridge Analytica scandal at 1pm ET on Friday during the company's regular Q&A session  —  And Sheryl Sandberg is too  —  After nearly four days of silence from top executives on the unfolding controversy around …
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Source: Zuckerberg and Sandberg weren't at staff Q&A on Facebook role with Cambridge Analytica; Facebook says execs are “working around the clock” on the issue
Tom Namako / BuzzFeed:
Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a Fox News contributor for 10 years, quits and denounces the network as a “propaganda machine” in email to colleagues  —  “Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association,” Col. Ralph Peters wrote in an email to colleagues.  “Now I am ashamed.”
Bart Jones / Newsday:
Les Payne, a former Newsday editor, Pulitzer Prize winner, and founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, has died aged 76  —  Distinguished journalist was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and a chronicler of memorable events in a Newsday career of nearly four decades.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Google and Facebook were built to destroy publishers, not help; Google's $300M pledge to journalism won't go directly to publications, who need real checks  —  Guess who's winning?  —  For argument's sake, let's believe that Google believes its newest efforts to boost publishers …
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
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
In a shock move, FremantleMedia CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz is leaving to join YouTube where she will head up its EMEA operations  —  The French exec was responsible for rebooting ‘American Idol’ and for shifting the global production giant towards high-end drama such as ‘American Gods’ and ‘The Young Pope’.
Gangadhar Patil / Nieman Lab:
A look at three-year-old data journalism startup How India Lives, which has 11 staffers and hopes to earn $230K in revenue this year  —  What is the state of philanthropy in India?  Why are girls dropping out from certain schools at higher rates?  How India Lives looks for the answers …
Discussion: @pete_carvill
Melanie Ehrenkranz / Gizmodo:
Amnesty International publishes 77-page report, based on 16-month investigation, detailing extensive abuse of women on Twitter and calls for more transparency  —  On Tuesday, Amnesty International released its findings from a 16-month investigation into the experiences women face on Twitter—namely, online abuse.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Pandora to acquire digital audio ad tech company AdsWizz for $145M; at least 50% to be paid in cash, with the remainder payable in cash or stock  —  Music streaming company Pandora made a rare foray into acquisitions today with the news that it has snapped up adtech startup AdsWizz.
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