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5:55 AM ET, March 23, 2019

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Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Skepticism about Facebook's intentions was widespread among startups and nonprofits at the Local Media Summit, sponsored by Facebook, Knight Foundation, and ONA  —  This week, journalists from dozens of small startups and non-profits joined funders and journalism academics at a small …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Twitter is inserting tweets into the feeds of users that do not follow the accounts which posted them, sometimes inadvertently amplifying extremist rhetoric  —  New York (CNN Business)Imagine opening up the Twitter app on your phone and scrolling through your feed.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Netflix's absence from Apple's media bundle portends a fight in content distribution; Goldman Sachs says the bundle could add $12B+ to Apple's Services business  —  The first skirmishes have already been fought in what could turn into a tech cold war.  “The game is on,” said the Netflix chief executive, Reed Hastings.
Reuters:
NYT CEO says third-party distribution deals lead to loss of product control, compares news outlets that partner with Apple to studios that helped Netflix grow  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc is expected to launch an ambitious new entertainment and paid digital news service on Monday …
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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
Tom Scocca / Hmm Daily:
The Friday afternoon news dump of bad news has become the expected Friday afternoon news release, perhaps an adaptation to constantly escalating news cycles  —  Speaking—as we always are now—of the corruption of our political and institutional norms, when did the Friday news dump become the Friday news release?
Discussion: @brianstelter and New York Times
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
An AT&T-Viacom dispute could mean Viacom's networks, including MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, and BET, go dark after midnight Friday on DirecTV, U-Verse, and WatchTV  —  Viacom Inc. is locked in a high-stakes showdown with AT&T as the telecommunications giant weighs whether to drop Viacom's cable networks …
Angela Long / JSource:
Profile of Daniel Bushman, reporter and owner of the Watrous Manitou, a Saskatchewan newspaper he bought five years ago: “I don't regret purchasing the paper”  —  Why a 24-year old gives up city life for a job at his local paper and then, five years later, buys it
Discussion: @macphersona
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
AT&T's anime-focused Crunchyroll is raising the subscription price for its video service from $6.95 to $7.99/month, effective May 1 for new subscribers  —  AT&T-owned anime subscription video service Crunchyroll is raising its monthly subscription price from $6.95 to $7.99 a month, it announced in an email to members Friday.
Discussion: The Wrap
Geoff Weiss / Tubefilter:
Multichannel network StyleHaul, sold in 2017 to German conglomerate RTL Group, is closing its US office and moving management of influencers and talent to EU  —  Layoffs are coming to StyleHaul, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation, who tell Tubefilter …
Discussion: @media_evan and Variety
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney employees say the company has not been forthcoming about layoffs, with some sources saying around 3,000 employees will be affected  —  Multiple employees say that Disney has been less than forthcoming about who will be let go and when.  —  At Walt Disney's shareholder meeting two weeks ago …
Discussion: IGN and /Film
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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
TechCrunch:
MoviePass CEO Ted Farnsworth said around 20% of the company's subscriber base abused the service by sharing their pass with others, among other things  —  Ted Farnsworth discusses Helios and Matheson's work to turn around the troubled service  —  Two days after MoviePass announced the return …
Discussion: Business Insider
 
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Rosemary Feitelberg / WWD:
John Homans has been named editor of Vanity Fair's media, technology, and business vertical The Hive
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Sources: some pundits who appear regularly on Fox News “opinion” shows, including Sara Carter, are banned from appearing on the network's news programming
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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