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2:05 PM ET, March 28, 2018


 Top News: 
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
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” …
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”
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.
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Princeton University study finds 90% of affiliate marketing ads on YouTube and Pinterest are not disclosed, violating FTC guidelines  —  IF YOU SEARCH for the millennial makeup brand Glossier on YouTube, one of the first results likely to appear is from Olivia Jade, a fashion and beauty vlogger with over one million subscribers.
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  —  Other philanthropic efforts have focused on newsrooms or audiences.  Hewlett is targeting the 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  —  The former Miramax employee, speaking to the U.K. Parliament, described the “morally lacking” negotiation process with Miramax lawyers in 1998, her fear of jail time should she break …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix appoints Susan Rice, ex-US National Security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations in the Obama administration, to its board of directors  —  Netflix appointed Susan Rice, former U.S. National Security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations in the Obama administration, to its board of directors.
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
NBC has fired EVP Scot Chastain, who ran marketing for its affiliated and owned television stations, after an interval investigation into alleged misconduct  —  NBC has fired longtime affiliate-marketing chief Scot Chastain following an internal investigation into alleged misconduct by the executive.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Vox Media's new package template groups related stories and emphasizes context to drive recirculation within the site  —  With Facebook turning down the traffic firehose, it's more important than ever to convert those all one-pageview visits into two- and three-pageview visits.
Discussion: MediaShift
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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
Eleanor Dickinson / Mumbrella Asia:
Bloomberg expands TicToc, its Twitter video news service, into Asia, with a staff of 12 journalists in Hong Kong
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
By attacking Parkland students, some mainstream voices on political right are adopting conspiracy mongering and bad-faith arguments from outlets like Infowars
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Fair housing groups sue Facebook, saying its ad targeting tools still allow discrimination against certain groups, including disabled veterans, single mothers
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Michael Safi / The Guardian:
Three journalists have been killed in India after being mowed down by cars in what their families said were deliberate attacks