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7:15 PM ET, March 14, 2019

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Mark J. Burns / Morning Consult:
Minute Media, which bought Mental Floss in 2018, buys sports and pop culture site The Big Lead from Gannett; The Big Lead co-founder Jason McIntyre will leave  —  Minute Media said Thursday that it has purchased sports, media and pop culture website The Big Lead from USA Today parent company Gannett Co. …
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Axios and NBC confirm they have hired an editor to suggest changes to their Wikipedia entries; the editor has also worked for a Facebook PR firm and Nextdoor  —  Executives at the news company Axios were outwardly unperturbed when Jonathan Swan, one of the Politico-for-kids site's star reporters …
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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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
A look at Media Matters, which monitors conservative media, and its researcher Madeline Peltz, who dug up Tucker Carlson's chats on Bubba the Love Sponge's show  —  Madeline Peltz works the night shift at the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America.
Lynn Elber / Associated Press:
The Hallmark Channel cuts ties with star Lori Loughlin after her arrest in a college admissions scam  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Hallmark Channel cut ties Thursday with favored star Lori Loughlin, a day after her arrest in a college admissions scam put the family-friendly network …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The public will suffer and dodgy politicians will thrive as the number of reporters from regional outlets covering Congress and federal issues dwindles in DC  —  When Jerry Zremski started reporting in 2017 on the questionable financial activities of Chris Collins, a Buffalo-area member of Congress …
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.
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.
 
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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
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Spotify files an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission, claiming App Store rules limit choice and stifle competition