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7:40 AM ET, March 27, 2018

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Preliminary ratings from Nielsen show that CBS “60 Minutes” interview with Stormy Daniels drew the show's highest ratings in 10 years  —  Stormy Daniels: ‘I have no reason to lie’  —  Anderson Cooper's interview with Stormy Daniels propelled “60 Minutes” to its highest-rated episode …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
FTC says it has an open non-public probe into Facebook's privacy practices; a violation of consent decree signed in 2011 could carry a penalty of $40K/violation  —  Shares of Facebook fell more than 5 percent Monday after the FTC confirmed it's investigating the company's data practices in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica breach.
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman invites top Facebook, Google, and Twitter execs to an April 10 hearing on the “future of data privacy and social media”  —  A panel of Senate lawmakers aims to grill the top executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter next month …
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
Facebook says Zuckerberg won't answer UK politicians' questions over data scandal, will send CTO Mike Schroepfer and chief product officer Chris Cox instead  —  - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has refused calls from British politicians to appear before a parliamentary enquiry and explain …
Washington Post:
Roy Moore accuser's attorney says he was offered $10K and introduction to Steve Bannon, then head of Breitbart, in exchange for dropping, discrediting accuser  —  BIRMINGHAM — Days after a woman accused U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual impropriety, two Moore supporters approached her attorney with an unusual request.
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
American Media Inc., publisher of The National Enquirer, has created a ~100 page magazine devoted to fawning coverage of Trump ally Prince Mohammed bin Salman  —  A nearly 100-page magazine published by Donald Trump's allies at American Media Inc. is providing a different kind of celebrity gossip …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Endeavor Buys Streaming Provider NeuLion for $250 Million  —  Endeavor, the holding company controlling WME-IMG, has acquired streaming technology firm NeuLion for $250 million, the companies announced Monday.  —  NeuLion powers the video delivery of a wide range of content owners, particularly major sports leagues.
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Sources: publishers express concern at GroupM request to sign data protection contract that could force them to share audience data with agency group  —  GroupM wants publishers to sign a new data protection contract that could force them to share control of their audience data with the agency group …
Bryn Elise Sandberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Comedy Central parent company Viacom signs multiyear deal with Trevor Noah, launches global production and distribution company called Day Zero Productions  —  The joint venture between ‘The Daily Show’ host and Comedy Central's parent company signals the latter's desire to be more than just a launching pad for its homegrown talent.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Spotify issues guidance for 2018 ahead of IPO: subs 96M, up 36% YoY, revenue $6.9B, up 30% YoY, operating losses $409M, down from $500M, and more  —  Ahead of its IPO, the streaming service is offering its first-ever guidance: Revenue, subs and margins will be up, operating losses will go down.
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
New York Times' advertising chief talks about Surfacing, an ongoing special editorial project on subcultures that is underwritten by a commercial partner  —  The New York Times had a wish list.  It wanted coverage of the emerging human subcultures that young journalists can be so adept at spotting …
 
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Egypt has deported The Times journalist Bel Trew ahead of presidential election; the British paper claims the move was to intimidate media and suppress coverage
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV signs multiyear deal with the NBA, will become the first-ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals, following similar deal with MLB
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John Koblin / New York Times:
Since October, Apple has signed 12 TV projects, nine of them “straight-to-series”; sources say the company aims to roll them out between March and summer 2019
Arun Kakar / Press Gazette:
BBC opens Lagos news bureau in Nigeria, creating 100 jobs, and will launch a new training scheme to mentor West African talent
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Hulu starts opening up more of its limited inventory to advertisers, says time users spent on its ad-supported service increased 50% YoY