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7:30 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?
The Information:
Sources: Vice Media is seeking to raise up to $200M, possibly through a mix of debt and equity, and aims for profitability in the next 12 months  —  Vice Media is looking to raise a new round of financing of up to $200 million, which the company hopes will give it enough cash to reach its goal …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Speaking on his show on Monday night, Tucker Carlson said he would “not bow to the mob”, but his program had just four ad breaks and few national advertisers  —  Tucker Carlson took to Fox News Channel's 8 p.m. slot knowing he had the full support of the cable-news network's regular viewers.
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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
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
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter has launched its first ever podcast, “Character Count”, a series about its advertising business with interviews with companies like Dropbox  —  Twitter today is joining the podcasting arena.  This morning, the social network is launching its first-ever podcast series …
Discussion: Adweek
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.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS buys out Lionsgate's 50% ownership of the Pop TV cable channel, formerly the TV Guide Network, gaining full control  —  CBS has taken full ownership of the Pop TV cable channel after buying out the 50% stake held by Lionsgate.  —  CBS said it aims to better integrate Pop with the rest …
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Alphabet's Jigsaw releases Tune, a Chrome extension that filters out “toxic” comments on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Disqus using its Perspective AI  —  The comments sections of websites bring out the best and worst of the internet — engaging insights are often found right next to enraging insults.
Discussion: Engadget
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Three Democratic lawmakers reintroduce the Journalist Protection Act, which would make it a federal crime to physically assault journalists  —  Three Democratic lawmakers reintroduced a Journalist Protection Act that intends to designate “certain attacks on those reporting the news” as a federal crime.
Discussion: SPJ News and East County Today
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney says its acquisition of 21st Century Fox is expected to close on Wednesday, March 20  —  Disney boss Bob Iger had last week said the $71.3 billion takeover of large parts of Fox, including the film and TV studio, would close “soon.”  —  The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday …
Ellery Roberts Biddle / Global Voices:
Venezuelan journalist Luis Carlos Diaz, a critic of Nicolas Maduro, has been detained by government security forces  —  On the evening of March 11, political commentator Naky Soto and wife of Venezuelan journalist and media activist Luis Carlos Diaz tweeted that he had been missing for five hours.
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Tribune Media's shareholders overwhelmingly approve its acquisition by Nexstar Media Group, a deal that will create the largest TV station group in the US  —  $6.4B purchase will create country's largest station group  —  Tribune Media said its shareholders overwhelmingly approved …
Discussion: Deadline and Broadcasting & Cable
The Daily Beast:
Court documents: Nicholas Sandmann, a student who was part of a viral confrontation with a Native American elder, sues CNN; he sued The Washington Post earlier  —  Nicholas Sandmann, a Kentucky high-school student who was at the center of a viral confrontation with a Native American elder in Washington …
 
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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
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
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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
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