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5:05 PM ET, March 31, 2019

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Gavin de Becker / The Daily Beast:
Bezos' security chief says AMI demanded he claim Bezos story didn't result from hacking or external forces, and says he's confident Saudis accessed Bezos' phone  —  The National Enquirer's lawyer tried to get me to say there was no hacking.  —  For 40 years, I've advised at-risk public figures …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
The Federalist fires its writer Denise McCallister after a series of homophobic tweets  —  Internet famous “You were at my wedding, Denise” and now-former The Federalist blogger Denise McCallister tweeted her way out of a job Saturday when a Twitter feud quickly escalated into a homophobic screed.
Britta Lokting / OneZero:
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Alex Jones of InfoWars, in a deposition, denies he had intentionally spread lies about Sandy Hook and rejects responsibility for Sandy Hook parents' pain  —  For all his dangerous talk about the Sandy Hook school shooting, Alex Jones couldn't even recall the date it happened.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BBC says it wants to improve public perception around its news impartiality and will make fact-checking service Reality Check a more visible part of news output  —  Improving public perception around its news impartiality is one of the BBC's four priorities for the year ahead, according to its latest annual plan.
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Facebook says it “mistakenly deleted” some of Zuckerberg's old Facebook posts that were public and reported on, including a post about the Instagram acquisition  —  - Some old Facebook posts by CEO Mark Zuckerberg have disappeared, and the company says it “mistakenly deleted” them.
Laura Wagner / Deadspin:
Current and former MLB Advanced Media employees say the company has fostered a toxic and overly demanding work environment for years under poor leadership  —  On the second Tuesday of February, at 3:00 in the afternoon, around 40 employees of MLB Advanced Media—one arm of MLB's media empire …
Blake Droesch / eMarketer:
eMarketer expects Amazon Music will pass 35M MAUs in the US this year, up 17.7% YoY, growing faster than any other digital audio service in its forecast  —  Amazon Music will cross 35 million monthly listeners in the US this year.  At a growth rate of 17.7% year over year …
Cristina Tardáguila / Poynter:
Inside FactCheckEU, a collaboration between 19 EU media outlets from 13 countries that fact checks articles and debunks rumors ahead of upcoming EU elections  —  It's been more than a week since 19 European media outlets from 13 countries started collaborating to separate facts from fiction ahead …
MediaPowerMonitor:
Google gives a €50K grant to media company running Origo, a Hungarian pro-government news portal, baffling free expression activists and independent journalists  —  Google joins the Hungarian government of Viktor Orban and its allies in funding the company that runs Origo, a Hungarian pro-government news portal.
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