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9:25 AM ET, March 13, 2019

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 Top News: 
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify files an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission, claims App Store rules limit choice and stifle competition  —  Spotify is filing a complaint against Apple with the European Commission, accusing the latter company of anticompetitive behaviour in the way it manages …
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 …
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
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
Financial Times:
Sources: News Corp and Axel Springer are expected to bid for the financial news company Acuris, which owns Mergermarket and could be valued at more than £1B  —  Traditional media companies, including Rupert Murdoch's news business, and the world's largest rating agencies are set to enter …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Media Matters for America:
Media Matters study: nearly one-third of climate change coverage by the networks came from a single episode of Meet the Press on December 30  —  For this study, Media Matters examined 2018 news coverage of climate change on broadcast TV networks, counting and analyzing segments devoted …
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.
 
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Luke Mullins / Washingtonian:
How lobbyists are using geofencing of ads on digital platforms and hiring TV pundits to send policy messages to the president and those who influence him
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
Discussion: Mediaite
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Three Democratic lawmakers reintroduce the Journalist Protection Act, which would make it a federal crime to physically assault journalists
Discussion: SPJ News and East County Today
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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