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1:10 PM ET, March 14, 2019

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Lynette Rice / EW.com:
People magazine's editor in chief, Jess Cagle, is stepping down after five years at its helm and 32 years at Time Inc.  —  “I've decided it's time to do some other things while I'm still young — or at least alive," he wrote in a staff memo.  “It's also time for me to live in Los Angeles full …
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Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
People magazine names Dan Wakeford, currently a deputy editor, as its new editor in chief starting April 1  —  A changing of the guard is underway at People magazine under its new ownership.  —  Jess Cagle is stepping down after a five-year run as editor in chief.
Discussion: CNN, Folio and @media_ink
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Rakuten TV, with 7M users, expands to 30 new countries in Europe, and signs deal with Samsung, LG, and others to add Rakuten TV button to their remotes  —  Rakuten TV, the Japanese e-commerce giant's effort to take on Netflix and Amazon in the world of video streaming, has been a minor player …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Internal emails: First Look Media plans to let go ~4% of staff; Laura Poitras said the move cuts the research team, which has overseen the Snowden archive  —  Laura Poitras—the Citizenfour director and award-winning filmmaker who helped start The Intercept's parent company First Look Media …
Orla McCaffrey / Ad Age:
Report: US esports ad revenue to reach $178M in 2019, up 25%, and $213M in 2020; 30.3M people in US will watch esports at least once a month in 2019, up 18% YoY  —  Brands are drawn to the younger audiences  —  As esports keeps creeping towards the mainstream, more brands are jumping in.
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Amazon has delisted two books that claimed to hold cures for autism, following a letter from Rep. Schiff criticizing anti-vaccine misinformation on the platform  —  Amazon has removed the online listings for two books that claim to contain cures for autism, a move that follows recent efforts …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Email: Amazon to cut royalty rates in the US for Prime Video Direct creators from 6-15 cents/hour viewed to 4-10 cents/hour viewed, beginning April  —  Amazon is making new changes to a royalty program for content owners that upload videos directly into Prime Video.
The Atlantic:
Adrienne LaFrance, top editor of TheAtlantic.com since 2017, is named executive editor of The Atlantic; Swati Sharma and Sarah Yager are named managing editors  —  Swati Sharma and Sarah Yager are promoted to managing editors.  —  Adrienne LaFrance, who has been the top editor …
Reuters:
Slovakia charges Marian K., identified as businessman Marian Kocner by Slovak newspapers, with ordering the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak  —  BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak police have charged a man with ordering the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee …
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Gary Barber and Lantern Entertainment have formed new studio Spyglass Media Group, which will own and oversee Weinstein Company assets bought by Lantern in 2018  —  Former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Chief Executive Gary Barber has a new job.  —  The veteran South African-born executive …
Discussion: Variety, Bloomberg, Deadline and The Wrap
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify files an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission, claiming 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 …
 
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Sources: Facebook's data-sharing deals under federal criminal investigation; an NY grand jury subpoenaed at least two device-makers who partnered with Facebook
Mary Pflum / NBC News:
After the AT&T/Time Warner merger, signs point to the end of the Turner media brand, even after AT&T executives told Ted Turner his legacy would live on
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Disclosures of Trump staffers give a glimpse of opaque Fox News contributor salaries: for eight people, salaries averaged ~$141,000; John Bolton earned $569,423
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