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2:55 PM ET, March 12, 2019

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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Seven organizations are receiving $750K in funding for projects combining AI and news, including The Seattle Times  —  How will artificial intelligence change society?  How should journalists cover it?  And how can AI actually be helpful to newsrooms and reporters?
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Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Despite calls for boycotts, Tucker Carlson is averaging 2.9M viewers per episode so far in 2019, far surpassing his direct competition on MSNBC and CNN
Washington Post:
A day after releasing audio of Tucker Carlson's misogynist remarks, Media Matters releases second wave of clips in which he uses racist and homophobic language
Madeline Peltz / Media Matters for America:
Clips surface of Tucker Carlson's calls into Bubba the Love Sponge's radio show from 2006 to 2011, where he often spoke in vulgar terms about women and teen sex
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Facebook pulled ads from Sen. Warren's campaign calling for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants, citing policy violations, but is now restoring them  —  Facebook removed several ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify Premium now offers a subscription to Hulu's ad-supported plan for free, in a deal available to new and existing users in the US until June 10  —  Hulu and Spotify today announced an expansion of their partnership on discounted streaming bundles, which lowers the price of Hulu's ad-supported service to, well... nothing.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Lori Conkling, EVP of strategy and business development at NBCUniversal, is joining Google as global head of partnerships for YouTube TV and Google Fiber  —  - DirecTV Now Prices Going Up by $10 per Month for All Customers, AT&T Rolling Out Two New Reformatted Packages
Discussion: Multichannel News and The Wrap
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
How Schibsted's news app Peil, which was launched in 2017 and targets 18-25-year-olds, has attracted more young readers and grown retention from 25% to 35%  —  News publishers are scrambling to get younger audiences acquainted with their brands.  Nordic publishing giant Schibsted …
Discussion: @digiday and @digiday
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
Senators Ron Wyden and Chuck Grassley have called on CBP's chief to provide a briefing on border operations on Thursday, including the targeting of journalists  —  There were nearly a dozen categories of individuals catalogued in the government's secret list of border troublemakers.
The Daily Beast:
The Breakfast Club, a hip-hop morning show on New York's Power 105.1 radio station, has become known for its interviews with Democratic 2020 candidates  —  The morning show has hosted a number of Democratic candidates, asking personal questions that draw new eyeballs.
Jenna McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
Months after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi followed by weak pushback from the White House, Saudi Arabia has quietly been lobbying Washington again  —  WASHINGTON — In the immediate aftermath of the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia's army of well-paid lobbyists …
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
AP's partnership with wire services means it publishes press releases to its site without review, including some anti-vaxx articles, right-wing stories, more  —  The Associated Press, a standard-bearer for the news industry, published at least three press releases on its APNews.com website …
Discussion: @rvawonk
 
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney says its acquisition of 21st Century Fox is expected to close on Wednesday, March 20
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Adweek
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Cindy Holland, VP for original content at Netflix, says subscribers spend around two hours a day on the service, mainly on TV and other devices
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Mike Allen / Axios:
More than a dozen books about Trump's Washington by prominent journalists are due to be published, with some commanding up to $1M in advances
Associated Press:
Waynesville, a small town in Missouri's Ozark hills, lost its local newspaper The Daily Guide, and both residents and public officials have struggled without it
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
New York Magazine's parent company New York Media lays off 16 full-time employees, with 16 part-time and freelance staffers also being let go
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Sources: BuzzFeed News employees are growing skeptical of the company's business model, with the future of shows like AM to DM dependent on outside platforms