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1:50 AM ET, March 22, 2019

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Source: Apple has signed up Vox for its upcoming news subscription service; other Vox Media properties will not participate initially  —  Apple Inc. signed Vox to be part of an upcoming subscription service for newspaper and magazine readers, according to a person familiar with the matter …
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Apple's new TV service to be unveiled Monday will be a storefront for other streaming services, where Apple will set and offer its own bundles  —  Apple's TV plans, explained.  (Spoiler: Apple isn't taking on Netflix yet.)  —  After years of circling the TV business …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Fox's Jeanine Pirro to be off the air for a second week; a source says she was suspended for two weeks and that she will return on March 30  —  New York (CNN Business)Jeanine Pirro's weekend show on Fox News, “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” will be pre-empted for a second straight week, according to the network's schedule.
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
Interview with former News Corp SVP Joseph Azam, who says he quit in 2017 over the Murdoch approach to Muslims, immigrants, and race at Fox and other outlets  —  In recent days, Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Channel and some of its corporate siblings have faced renewed and withering criticism for the way they depict Muslims and immigrants.
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Sources: expected layoffs begin after the close of the Disney-Fox deal, with about two dozen senior-level executives at 20th Century Fox affected so far  —  Anticipated layoffs have begun at Fox, following the storied studio's sale to Walt Disney Co. earlier this week.
David Sharman / HoldtheFrontPage:
Google DNI grants €500K to publishers Reach and JPIMedia for a local audio news platform and €398K to Newsquest for a community news sharing tool  —  Two regional publishers have won half a million Euros worth of funding for a joint project aimed at improving their audio output.
Julia Jacobs / New York Times:
Bustle names Dan Peres as editor in chief of Gawker.com; Peres was editor in chief of Condé Nast's men's fashion magazine Details for 15 years  —  Gawker's parent company, Bustle Digital Group, has named the journalist Dan Peres as the editor in chief of Gawker.com …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Comcast's Xfinity Flex, a $5/month service for its broadband customers, comes with a 4K set-top box and access to paid and free, ad-supported streaming services  —  Comcast's latest bundle isn't a cable TV service, exactly, since it's aimed at the increasing number of subscribers who only have internet.
Facebook:
The NZ shooting video was harder to block on Facebook than official terrorist propaganda videos because the latter aren't rebroadcast or reshared widely  —  We continue to keep the people, families and communities affected by the tragedy in New Zealand in our hearts.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Study: of all Netflix releases in the US in 2018, 51% were originals, more than double the 25% reported in 2016  —  Illustrating the strategy Netflix executives have long articulated — and pointing to a wider gap between the company and its rivals — a new report shows that for the first …
Discussion: The A.V. Club
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Instagram, which has largely escaped scrutiny, is teeming with conspiracy theories, misinformation, and extremist memes, boosted by its recommendation algorithm  —  When Alex, now a high-school senior, saw an Instagram account he followed post about something called QAnon back in 2017 …
Daniel Schneider / CheddarNews:
Cheddar says it will publish exclusive stories on Medium as part of the $5/month Medium subscription; Medium will pay Cheddar based on reader engagement  —  Medium to directly compensate Cheddar for original reporting  —  Cheddar, the leading post-cable networks company …
 
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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
An ad fraud scheme that runs video ads behind banner images targeted popular Android apps, including many using Twitter's MoPub ad platform
James Walker / Press Gazette:
At a UN Human Rights Council session, about 60 media groups support a draft document on the safety and independence of journalists
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Report: for the first time, music streaming accounted for more than half, at 54%, of UK record label income in the UK in 2018 as it hit £468M, up 35% YoY
Michelle Castillo / Cheddar:
Sources: Netflix is upping its “marketing partnership” efforts, which include licensing characters and doing product placements in its shows
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Paige Leskin / Business Insider:
YouTube shut down Fantastic Adventures, a channel with 800K subscribers, as creator gets arrested for allegedly mistreating her kids who performed in the shows
Caroline Haskins / Motherboard:
Interviews detail the ongoing battle on YouTube between children-focused channels making animated videos and those featuring humans
Sarah Feldberg / Columbia Journalism Review:
A lawsuit in California about the employment misclassification of delivery truck drivers prompts some companies to stop working with freelance reporters