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1:10 PM ET, March 20, 2019

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EU Press Room:
The European Commission has fined Google €1.49B for “abusive practices in online advertising” and breaching EU antitrust rules  —  The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules.  Google has abused its market dominance by imposing …
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Memo: Bob Iger talks about Fox acquisition, says “challenging” work lies ahead and that some businesses will be “impacted more” than others by the deal  —  Bob Iger marked the historic occasion of Disney's purchase of 21st Century Fox with a lengthy memo to staffers …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Week
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 …
New York Times:
Facebook announces that it would stop allowing ad targeting to race, gender, and age groups in the housing, jobs, or credit categories by the end of the year  —  After years of criticism, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show …
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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
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 …
Vibhuti Sharma / Reuters:
Nextar Media Group said on Wednesday it would sell 11 television stations to Tegna and eight to E.W. Scripps for about $1.32B in cash  —  (Reuters) - Nextar Media Group said on Wednesday it would sell 11 television stations to Tegna Inc and eight to E.W. Scripps Co for about $1.32 billion in cash.
Discussion: MediaPost, The Wrap and Variety
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 …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Jimmy Leach, formerly head of digital communications for 10 Downing Street, has been named editor-in-chief of HuffPost UK; Jess Brammar named executive editor  —  Former Number Ten digital communications boss Jimmy Leach has been named as the next Huffpost UK editor-in-chief …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Deloitte Digital Media Trends: 47% US consumers are frustrated by subscriptions, 75% prefer pay TV with fewer ads, 82% say companies don't protect user data  —  - ‘Subscription Fatigue’: Nearly Half of U.S. Consumers Frustrated by Streaming Explosion, Study Finds
Allison Braden / Columbia Journalism Review:
In Baltimore, Charlotte, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, ex-writers of alt-weeklies are starting publications, focusing on advocacy reporting and overlooked topics  —  Just 35 days after the publisher of Creative Loafing Charlotte laid off the alt-weekly's seven full-time employees …
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC's Newsnight becomes one of its first current affairs shows to be presented and edited entirely by women, as Emily Maitlis is confirmed as lead presenter  —  Emma Barnett and Kirsty Wark complete current affairs show's first female lineup  —  Emily Maitlis has been confirmed …
Discussion: @angelafwrites
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Meet The Press host Chuck Todd said Trump teamed up with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro to attack the free press during their joint press conference  —  Chuck Todd said on Tuesday's MTP Daily that the joint press conference with President Donald Trump and Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro “left me a bit speechless.”
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Comcast says it is launching a new service on Thursday but declined to specify what it will be, with some speculation that it's a smart-home hub for TVs  —  With Google's game streaming service unveiled Tuesday and Apple's TV streaming service reveal expected Monday, Comcast is hopping on the bandwagon …
Norberto Santana Jr / Voice of OC:
Around 33 newsrooms in California, including The LA Times and the Orange County Register, join forces to report on recently released police misconduct files  —  Voice of OC today joins nearly three dozen newsrooms across California - including outlets like the Los Angeles Times …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and @raju
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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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
The Economist deleted and apologized for a tweet that appeared to suggest that transgender people should be “sterilized”
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Snapchat has started brokering deals between influencers and brands, with a focus on those creating AR content, in a bid to retain creators using its platform
Discussion: Digiday
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC's Tony Hall is proposing to launch a charity, the Local Democracy Foundation, to fund local news reporting in conjunction with tech companies
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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
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”
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