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9:10 AM ET, March 28, 2019

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Bustle Digital Group, which owns Mic and Gawker, is buying The Outline, founded in 2016 by Josh Topolsky, who says he will continue to run the site  —  More digital media mergers: Josh Topolsky is going to work for Bryan Goldberg.  —  In the past year, Bustle Digital Group bought Gawker …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
De Correspondent EIC Rob Wijnberg talks about messaging after the outlet said it would not open a US newsroom following its fundraiser for a version in English  —  “Keep in mind that, especially in a campaign like this, tons of people talk about what we're trying to do.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Judge dismisses lawsuit against BuzzFeed from Michael Leidig of Central European News, saying Leidig failed to show anything in an article about him was false  —  BuzzFeed won a long-running legal battle on Wednesday against Michael Leidig, whom the news site had described in a 2015 story the “King of Bullsh- News.”
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
US judge dismisses $11M libel suit against BuzzFeed brought by UK news agency boss Michael Leidig over a 2015 article  —  News agency boss Michael Leidig has lost his bid to sue Buzzfeed over a 5,000-word article published by the website in 2015 which dubbed him “The king of bullshit news”.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Spotify says it will begin to personalize some of its human-curated playlists  —  Spotify is starting to algorithmically personalize some of its curated playlists, making a major change to how people discover music on the streaming service.  —  Spotify is already known for having …
Scientific American:
Research shows that as local newspapers disappear and people rely more on national, conflict-focused sources of political news, split-ticket voting goes down  —  Study finds newspaper closures are linked to partisanship  —  Last month, staffers at The Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado …
Jack Neff / Ad Age:
MRC releases its draft version of cross-media audience measurement standards for video, opens a 60-day public comment period, expects final version by Q3 2019  —  Ratings for individual commercials and duration-adjusted views part of MRC draft  —  The Media Rating Council has issued …
Discussion: Media Rating Council and MediaPost
BBC:
BBC has apologized and agreed to pay damages to Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko over story claiming $400K was paid to Michael Cohen to extend meeting  —  The BBC has apologised and agreed to pay damages to Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko.  —  The apology relates to an incorrect report claiming …
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Video Advertising Bureau report says addressable TV spending in the US is expected to rise 33% to $3.37B in 2020, as the audience has grown 27% to 162.2M  —  U.S. addressable TV spending is expected to rise 33% next year to $3.37 billion from $2.54 billion in 2019, according to the Video Advertising Bureau.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Veteran TV executive Jana Bennett has joined Silicon Valley-based Ozy Media as a senior adviser, tasked with expanding its TV production and podcast operations  —  History and TLC alum Jana Bennett has signed on with Ozy Media to help the Silicon Valley-based digital content firm expand its TV production and podcast operations.
Discussion: @ozy and Realscreen
 
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James Walker / Press Gazette:
Website goes offline for women's magazine The Pool almost two months after staffers were told it would close; the company has yet to file for administration
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
A look back at the intense Trump-Russia beat as some critics call media overzealous: the best reporters fix errors and check biases, and the story's not over
James Walker / Press Gazette:
eMarketer: Google and Facebook will increase their share of the UK digital ad market to 63.3% in 2019 from 62.7% in 2018, increasing to 65% by 2021
Discussion: eMarketer
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media agrees to settle class action lawsuit over alleged gender pay inequality, brought by female employees, for $1.87M
Discussion: Variety
Casey Newton / The Verge:
The EU's Copyright Directive has the potential to further fracture the open web based on location and may lead to the closure of Google News in Europe
Motherboard:
Facebook says it will ban white nationalist and white separatist content, pointing users to nonprofits, after initially only banning white supremacist content
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
John Cook, former executive editor of Gawker, is joining Business Insider as investigations editor where he will build a dedicated investigations unit
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Since James Bruggers left his job at the Courier-Journal, Kentucky's coal country has been left without a newspaper reporter on the environment beat full-time
Trey Yingst / Fox News:
Rocket fire landed near Fox News correspondent Trey Yingst and his TV crew as they reported on the exchange of fire between Israel and Hamas
Discussion: @treyyingst