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5:25 AM ET, March 20, 2019

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook settles with ACLU over allegedly discriminatory ads for employment, housing, and credit, paying ~$5M and making changes to prevent discrimination  —  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), has reached a historic settlement with Facebook over advertising practices that allegedly discriminated against minorities.
Emma Sandler / Digiday:
Instagram adds in-app shopping to let users buy from 20 beauty and fashion brands including Kylie Cosmetics, Nike, and Huda Beauty  —  Shopping on Instagram is about to change forever.  —  On March 19, the social platform announced in a blog post it was launching a beta shopping program …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
David Sirota, hired March 11 by Bernie Sanders, informally advised Sanders for months while attacking opponents on Twitter and in The Guardian through December  —  Shortly before he gave speeches launching his 2020 campaign earlier this month, Bernie Sanders emailed his supporters …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Instead of focusing only on moderation, the debate around New Zealand massacre should look at how platforms incentivize and provide infrastructure for extremism  —  It's time for a real conversation about the infrastructure and incentives that Big Tech provides far-right extremists.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Disney and Fox announce the per-share value of 21st Century Fox at the merger is $51.572626 as the deal becomes official  —  UPDATE: At 12:02AM ET, one of the most consequential mergers in Hollywood history became official.  The Walt Disney Co. has acquired about two-thirds of 21st Century Fox …
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Variety:
21st Century Fox and “New” Fox are now standalone entities, with Fox adding four new board members including Chase Carey and former House Speaker Paul Ryan
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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it will support three media literacy programs in the US and Europe that aim to combat fake news and train young people to seek reliable news sources  —  Just days before Apple's big March 25th event where it will unveil a new subscription news service, the company has revealed plans …
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Some music publishers sue fitness startup Peloton, seeking $150M+ in damages, saying Peloton has used music in workout videos since 2014 without proper licenses  —  Several members of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) have collectively filed a lawsuit against fitness startup Peloton today …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
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Jackie Wattles / CNN:
Filings show Tim Armstrong, who left Oath in December, received $30M in 2018 and was given an additional $6.5M severance package and ~$23.6M in stock awards  —  New York (CNN Business)The former head of Verizon's ailing digital media division is set to walk away with a multimillion dollar golden parachute.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
The LA Times currently has 150K digital-only subscribers, up 50% since June 2018, but new owner Patrick Soon-Shiong says it must aim for 5M paying subscribers  —  To turn the Los Angeles Times around and secure its future, its new owner says it must build a digital-subscriber base …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and some of its users for defamation, alleging Twitter is shadow banning conservatives, seeks $250M+ in damages  —  House Intelligence Committee ranking member and former chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is suing Twitter and a number of its users for more than $250 million.
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Former New York Times food writer Mark Bittman is launching Salty, a publication covering “practical” stories about food, on Medium  —  Mark Bittman wants you to know he's not dead.  —  Since his departure from The New York Times in 2015 to join a food start up …
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Medium:
Medium is once again seeking writers and editors to launch new publications on its platform, offering temporary contracts which may or may not be renewed
 
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Simon Owens / The Business of Content:
Q&A with Nancy Gauss, executive director of video at The New York Times, on the newspaper's video strategy, upcoming projects, and more
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Telegraph launches a new editorial vertical on women's sports, including a dedicated women's sports channel on its news website and app, with four new staff
Discussion: Telegraph
Rashna Farrukh / ABC:
Young Muslim journalist Rashna Farrukh says she left Sky News Australia after the NZ shooting because the network has slammed minorities and spread paranoia
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
NYT CEO Mark Thompson says the company has cut the number of articles it provides to Apple's news app, as Apple prepares to launch a subscription news service
Discussion: Gizmodo
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Snap is planning to launch another slate of original shows which will appear in the app's Discover section
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Media Matters for America:
Despite Alex Jones' YouTube ban, an account posting only InfoWars content, called Resistance News, had millions of views, before YouTube took it down today
The Incline:
Spirited Media has sold Pittsburgh news site The Incline to local news startup Whereby.us, which operates sites in Miami, Seattle, Orlando, and Portland
ProPublica:
Cook County Juvenile Court judge bars ProPublica Illinois from publishing info that could identify families in a child welfare case the site is investigating
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix to debut interactive series “You vs. Wild”, in which viewers will choose the story of survival expert Bear Grylls' expeditions around the world, Apr. 10
CNN:
The State Dept. press corps was barred from a Pompeo briefing, and the department won't release a list of attendees but said it was for “faith-based media only”