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12:40 PM ET, March 23, 2018

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Craigslist pulls all personal ads after passage of sex-trafficking bill FOSTA, says any tool or service can be misused and that it can't take such risk  —  Online classified site Craigslist has pulled its entire personal ad section after Congress passed a new sex-trafficking bill that puts more liability on Web sites.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
John Bolton is the third TV commentator in eight days hired by the White House, continuing a trend of placing TV faces in positions of consequence  —  Less than an hour after President Trump named John R. Bolton as his new national security adviser on Thursday, Mr. Bolton made an appearance …
Discussion: @mccormackjohn, CNNMoney, CNN and Mediaite
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Medium is rewarding select authors with $100 cash bonuses for high-quality posts in important topic areas, chosen by its editors  —  A year ago, publishing platform Medium debuted a new business model where readers could pay a monthly fee to access exclusive, curated content …
Discussion: @blam, @hunterwalk and @hunterwalk
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
About 2M Spotify users, or 2.3% of users of its free service, are avoiding ads via modified apps or accounts, according to Spotify's IPO filing  —  Over 2 percent of free users  —  Earlier this month, news broke that Spotify was cracking down on users running modded versions of the Spotify app …
Discussion: Reuters
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Lara O'Reilly / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google wants publishers that use its ad tech to get users' consent on its behalf to comply with EU's General Data Protection Regulation  —  Tech company also is offering a tool to serve nonpersonalized ads to users who opt out of ad targeting  —  Alphabet Inc.'s GOOGL -3.73% Google …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ABC News will launch “Start Here”, a daily 20-minute podcast hosted by Brad Mielke on March 28; it will feature 4-6 stories and on-location reporting  —  ABC News is getting in on the parade of traditional media outlets launching daily news podcasts.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
New York Times:
Turkey's Dogan Media, the owner of Hurriyet, CNN Turk, and other outlets, has been sold to a pro-government company, likely further limiting media independence  —  One of Turkey's leading media groups, Dogan Media Company, was sold to a pro-government Turkish conglomerate on Wednesday …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Atlantic launches a family vertical, the first to have a Facebook group and newsletter, with coverage across its site, magazine, podcasts, videos, events  —  The Atlantic has launched a new family section, to which it's taking an expansive, multiplatform approach, reflecting the publisher's focus …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
RIAA report: US retail revenue for music rose 17% in 2017 to $8.7B, with streaming accounting for two thirds of the revenue; paid subscriptions rose 63% to $4B+  —  Domestic retail revenue jumped 17% in 2017 to $8.7 billion, according to an annual report from the Recording Industry Association of America
Discussion: RIAA and Rolling Stone
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CNN's Jeff Zucker calls Fox News a “pure propaganda machine” with unquestioning coverage of the Trump administration: “Tass has nothing on them”  —  CNN chief Jeff Zucker didn't mince words Thursday in sizing up the state of Fox News, calling the rival all-news cabler …
 
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