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12:20 PM ET, March 29, 2019

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches new Ad Library that now makes all active ads and inactive political ads searchable, opens Ad Library API to all Facebook-verified developers  —  Now you can search Facebook for how much Trump has spent on ads in the past year, which Pages' ads reference immigration, or what a Page's previous names were.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sources: Financial Times' parent company Nikkei will buy one-third of Singapore-based Deal Street Asia in a ~$5M deal that is expected to close in April  —  Fresh from picking up a majority stake in Europe-based The Next Web, the Financial Times is buying another tech blog.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sony Pictures TV sells Crackle to CSS Entertainment, which will launch a joint venture called Crackle Plus; Sony gets stock warrants, contributes backend tech  —  Sony Pictures Television has found of a new home for its Crackle ad-supported streaming service: The company struck a deal …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Nickelodeon acquires learning app Sparkler and plans to fold it into Noggin, its video service for preschoolers, which has ~2.5M subscribers  —  Nickelodeon wants to turn kids' living rooms into classrooms.  —  The Viacom Inc.-owned kids' network has acquired the learning app Sparkler …
Discussion: Business Wire
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Source: while at the White House, Bill Shine called Fox News control room during an Ivanka Trump interview asking producers to change the chyron; they refused  —  Bill Shine was accustomed to calling into control rooms at Fox News when he served as co-president of the network.
Discussion: TVNewser
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
YouTube TV completes its US rollout and is now available in all 210 US TV markets  —  All 210 US TV markets now have access to YouTube TV  —  YouTube TV has officially completed its US rollout, with the company announcing that the over-the-top internet streaming service is now available in the Glendive …
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Jay Rosen, who helped The Correspondent in its campaign to fund its English-language expansion, says mistakes were made in communications as plans evolved  —  A decision not to have its headquarters in New York or the US, and to base the English-language site in Amsterdam, has drawn criticism from supporters.
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Alibaba invests $171M in publicly traded Qutoutiao in the form of a convertible loan which would convert into a 4% stake in the Chinese news content aggregator  —  The race to give Chinese users their daily dose of news intensifies as Qutoutiao, a rival to TikTok parent Bytedance, net an installment of sizable backing.
Discussion: Qutoutiao Inc. and Bloomberg
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple to close Texture on May 28, will offer Texture customers a one-month free trial to Apple News+, which will be available only to Apple users  —  A year ago, Apple acquired the digital newsstand app Texture to form the basis of its new subscription-based service, Apple News+, which launched on Monday.
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
MGM's Epix rolls out its Epix Now streaming service to Roku and Amazon Fire TV subscribers for $5.99/month  —  It has a decent library of shows and films  —  In February, MGM launched a streaming service for its premium channel Epix called Epix Now for iOS and Android users.
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Second defamation case against Turkish journalist Pelin Ünker for her work on the Paradise Papers has been dismissed due to the statute of limitations
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge India:
A&E Networks unveils P1, a tool that offers audience targeting and metrics reports to small and mid-size clients, to entice them into trying TV advertising
Emily Bell / Columbia Journalism Review:
It's possible for tech companies to find ways to support independent newsrooms, but direct patronage like Google's for McClatchy is not likely one of those ways
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Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
United Robots execs detail how their automation makes stories for Sweden's MittMedia, Aftonbladet, and others, including plans for texts to get coaches' quotes
Todd Spangler / Variety:
FuboTV becomes the latest internet TV service to hike prices, increasing the subscription price for its base package from $44.99 per month to $54.99 per month
Discussion: Fast Company and CordCutters
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
US Department of Housing and Urban Development files charges against Facebook, saying the company's ad targeting tools enable violations of Fair Housing Act
Lawrence Bartley / The Marshall Project:
The Marshall Project launches a print publication, News Inside, distributed in prisons and jails in 19 states so far, edited by a former inmate Lawrence Bartley
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Patrick Soon-Shiong details his long term plans for The LA Times including fixing editorial and updating the business model, at a short term cost of ~$50M