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2:15 PM ET, March 21, 2019

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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 …
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 …
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: WSJ plans to join the new paid tier of Apple News to be announced on Monday, expected to cost $10/month; NYT and The Washington Post have opted out
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.
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.
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  —  - YouTube creator Machelle Hackney, behind the popular channel “Fantastic Adventures,” has been arrested in connection …
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is beta testing video ads on its shopping app on iOS with plans for a similar product for Android later in 2019  —  - Online retailer pushing video ad space in its smartphone apps  — Product-related video content can keep shoppers from defecting
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
After Rep. Devin Nunes sued Twitter and the @DevinCow account claiming defamation, the parody account gained 465K+ followers, surpassing his own follower count  —  Consider this: A parody account pretending to be an imaginary cow owned by Representative Devin Nunes, the California Republican …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
With no spammy notifications, bots and troll mentions, email newsletters are becoming a more attractive medium than news feeds for writers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — My favorite new social network doesn't incessantly spam me with notifications.  When I post, I'm not bombarded with @mentions from bots and trolls.
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  —  Carrie Bell likes being her own boss.  A full-time freelancer for nearly 18 years, she covers entertainment and travel for outlets like Yahoo and PopSugar.
Caroline Haskins / Motherboard:
Interviews detail the ongoing battle on YouTube between children-focused channels making animated videos and those featuring humans  —  Animated videos dominate the kids YouTube space.  Humans are fighting against YouTube's algorithm to try and compete.  —  Last month, news feeds were saturated with distressing headlines about Momo.
 
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Michelle Castillo / Cheddar:
Sources: Netflix is upping its “marketing partnership” efforts, which include licensing characters and doing product placements in its shows
Discussion: @jonesonthenba
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Forbes launches Forbes8, a streaming service aimed at entrepreneurs, featuring over 2,000 pieces of video content for $8.99 per month
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
By integrating Stadia into YouTube, Google plans to cement YouTube's dominance, as 200M users already watch gaming content there every day
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Despite a diverse Democratic field for president in 2020, national media outlets focus on three white men, depicting candidates as characters in a drama
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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Interview with Donna Brazile on her job with Fox News, the role of the network and others in fomenting hate, and why she thinks reaching Fox viewers is valuable
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Britain's counter-terrorism chief criticizes newspapers for publishing “manifestos” of killers while they blast digital platforms for hosting extremist content
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Analysts say ripple effects of the Disney-21st Century Fox deal may not be clear for years: predictions include 3,000+ layoffs and more competition in streaming
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
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
EU Press Room:
The European Commission has fined Google €1.49B for “abusive practices in online advertising” and breaching EU antitrust rules
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