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2:55 PM ET, March 29, 2018


 Top News: 
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook shuts down Partner Categories, says it will stop using data from third-party aggregators like Experian to supplement its own data for ad targeting  —  Facebook says it's going to stop using data from third-party data providers like Experian and Acxiom.
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:
Most of Facebook's new privacy measures are happening in response to EU's GDPR, which goes into effect on May 25  —  Mark Zuckerberg is making it easier to tear digital pages out of your Facebook.  But that doesn't mean he wants to.  —  At first glance, it's a sincere reaction to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Snap cuts about 100 employees on the advertising side of the business; this downsizing is said to be the final step in restructuring process  —  The reductions this time center on its ad division  —  Snap Inc. is cutting another set of employees, focusing this time on the advertising side …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
For the first time, Facebook begins letting fact-checking partners review photos/videos and also lets them flag stories before being prompted  —  Facebook has begun letting partners fact check photos and videos beyond news articles, and proactively review stories before Facebook asks them.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
16-24 year olds watch Netflix and listen to services like Spotify more than BBC and BBC's radio stations; over 80% of children watch YouTube, 29% BBC iPlayer  —  Broadcaster fears being ‘overtaken by competitors’ as technology firms increasingly dominate on-demand viewing
Baltimore Sun:
Maryland appeals court upholds ruling overturning murder conviction of Serial podcast subject Adnan Syed; case returns to lower court for a new trial  —  Maryland's second-highest court has upheld a judge's ruling overturning the murder conviction of “Serial” podcast subject Adnan Syed.
Discussion: @tomnamako, NPR and Law & Crime
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Express Newspapers report a mean gender pay gap of 17% favoring men, lower than new owner Trinity Mirror's 18% pay gap.  —  Express Newspapers, which publishes the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star on Sunday, has reported a mean gender pay gap of 17 per cent favouring men.
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Traditional media gains from Facebook's scandals, blames tech giants for its problems; both parties offer a public service paid for by selling users' attention  —  Facebook and Google execs privately complain about the barrage of critical coverage they face, charging that media companies …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Conservative publishers accuse Facebook's algorithm change of unfair targeting, though change may be the result of users labeling them as untrustworthy  —  Right-wing sites are jumping on the beleaguered network for an alleged liberal bias.  —  Add another item to Facebook's growing list of headaches …
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 …
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Social media companies' problems are caused by their revenue models; solutions are user-run collectives, a federated social network, an automatic profile purge
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
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pandora takes on Spotify with dozens of personalized playlists built using its Music Genome to fit users' moods, activities, and genres
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
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
Discussion: Breitbart
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Newspapers and magazines face possible increased costs due to a proposed tariff on Canadian newsprint and a scheduled postal rate increase