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Media & Comm, editor's picks: FTC to probe Facebook; Zuckerberg breaks silence

Here are the editor's top picks for the week.

Analysis: An FTC probe of Facebook could make waves in broader tech sector

A decision by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook Inc.'s privacy protections may not have a large immediate impact on the company's financials. Yet any regulatory action could have broader implications for the tech sector.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg breaks silence on Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence on a scandal involving the misuse of personal user data by a developer that has shaken investor confidence and led to calls for investigations and more government regulation of social media companies. In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg admitted that his company has made mistakes regarding user privacy and outlined the steps it plans to take to restore users' trust.

Washington Watch: TV ownership: Stakeholders debate cap, question FCC authority

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking input on whether to modify or eliminate the 39% national audience reach cap, which prohibits a single broadcast station group from owning TV stations that together reach more than 39% of U.S. TV households. In comments on the proceeding, which were due this week, interested parties were torn over whether the agency could and should change the cap.

Divided FCC votes to speed 5G deployments

The FCC approved an order March 22 to streamline the federal review process for next-generation 5G deployments despite concerns raised by Democratic lawmakers. The order would exempt small wireless facilities, or small cells, from the environmental and historic review procedures required under the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act, two U.S. laws designed to preserve historical and archaeological sites as well as the environment.

Conference Chatter: Upfronts 2018: Hallmark heralds snowy presentation via Facebook Live

With a snowstorm leading to the cancellation of a glitzy nighttime event for advertisers in New York, Crown Media Family Networks executives and stars instead broadcast their programming messages from Central Park via Facebook Live. The network group's two-minute presentation was set against a snowy backdrop that would have been perfect for the holiday-themed original telefilms that made Hallmark Channel (US) the top general-entertainment network among viewers and the leader with women 25 to 54 during the fourth quarter and holiday 2017.