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7:55 PM ET, March 28, 2018

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Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
The Economist and the Financial Times both say they worked with Cambridge Analytica briefly for market research; source says goal was to gain US subscribers  —  An Economist spokesperson said the company did not know whether it benefited from misused Facebook data.
The Guardian:
Walmart announces it will remove Cosmopolitan magazine from checkout aisles but not from entire store, following pressure from conservative lobby groups  —  National Center on Sexual Exploitation calls Walmart a ‘trailblazer in corporate responsibility’ for pulling magazine from checkout aisles
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Jethro Mullen / CNNMoney:
Playboy magazine has announced it is leaving Facebook, citing the social network's handling of user data  —  Zuckerberg says he's open to testifying before Congress  —  Playboy says it's leaving Facebook over the social network's handling of user data.  —  The move was announced late Tuesday …
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Sources: Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress “within a matter of weeks”
Washington Post:
Ecuador has barred Julian Assange from using the internet from its embassy in London, saying he violated an agreement not to interfere in international affairs  —  LONDON — Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, has been barred from using the Internet at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pandora takes on Spotify with dozens of personalized playlists built using its Music Genome to fit users' moods, activities, and genres  —  Just ahead of Spotify's public debut planned for early April, Pandora is punching its rival where it hurts: personalized playlists.
Peter White / Deadline:
BBC publishes annual content strategy, says it risks being “squeezed out” of the global market by competitors like Amazon and Netflix amid market consolidation  —  The BBC has warned that it risks being squeezed out of an “ever more competitive global market” …
David Agren / The Guardian:
In a rare conviction, two Mexican police officers have been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of journalist Moisés Sánchez  —  Two officers sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted in the killing of newspaper owner Moisés Sánchez in Veracruz
Discussion: Breitbart
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Profile of the West End Phoenix, a non-profit and ad-free community newspaper founded by the rock star Dave Bidni, which covers Toronto's West End neighborhood  —  Almost six months ago, a Canadian rock star started a community paper.  Amazingly, that's the least interesting thing about West End Phoenix.
Discussion: @mathewi and @1236
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Render Media, which ran Cooking Panda and politics site Opposing Views, is closing down, citing changes to Facebook's branded content guidelines and algorithms  —  Render Media, the digital media publisher behind Cooking Panda and Opposing Views, blamed changes to Facebook's branded content guidelines
Discussion: @benmullin
 
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Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
DOJ charges former Minneapolis FBI agent with unlawfully disclosing national defense information; documents appear to indicate the leak was to The Intercept
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
After two years, The Guardian's Mobile Innovation Lab wraps up its work and shares insights on the practical challenges of experimenting within newsrooms
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Newspapers and magazines face possible increased costs due to a proposed tariff on Canadian newsprint and a scheduled postal rate increase
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Hewlett Foundation announces that it will donate $10M over two years to help fund research into the spread of disinformation on social media platforms
Discussion: @femme_mal
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
Ex-Miramax employee Zelda Perkins appears in front of UK Parliament to press for changes to legislation on NDAs
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Claude Solnik / Long Island Business News:
Newsday Co-Publisher Edward Bushey is leaving to join Tronc while Debby Krenek has been promoted to role of sole publisher
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Vox Media's new package template groups related stories and emphasizes context to drive recirculation within the site
Eleanor Dickinson / Mumbrella Asia:
Bloomberg expands TicToc, its Twitter video news service, into Asia, with a staff of 12 journalists in Hong Kong
Discussion: Talking Biz News