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8:30 PM ET, April 8, 2016


 Top News: 
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:
Facebook updates policy to let publishers post and tag paid-for content on verified pages  —  Facebook drops branded content restrictions for publishers  —  Facebook is letting publishers and other verified pages distribute branded-content for free, but it's unclear whether its labeling system is...
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Syria releases American freelance photographer Kevin Patrick Dawes  —  The Syrian regime has freed an American freelance photographer who was abducted after traveling to the country in 2012, according to two U.S. officials.  —  Kevin Patrick Dawes, 33, from San Diego, was released following …
Bob Christie / Associated Press:
Arizona lawmakers impose last-minute background check rules for reporters on the House floor following media investigation into lawmakers' spending  —  Arizona rule restricts reporters who reject background check  —  PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House of Representatives has imposed …
Newspaper Association of America:
Publishers of 1,200+ newspapers send cease and desist letter to makers of Brave browser, claiming its plan to block and replace ads is illegal  —  Digital publishers put Brave software on notice that substituting publishers' ads is illegal  —  Arlington, Va. - Today, 17 member companies …
Barry Abrahamson / News: enables HTTPS with Let's Encrypt for new hosted sites with custom domains, will soon expand support to 1M+ sites currently using custom domains  —  HTTPS Everywhere: Encryption for All Sites  —  Today we are excited to announce free HTTPS for all custom domains hosted on
RadarOnline and National Enquirer refuse to turn over material sought in search warrant in Charlie Sheen case  —  Publications refuse to hand over audio in Charlie Sheen case  —  Celebrity website and the National Enquirer on Thursday refused to hand over material sought …
Discussion: The Wrap, Newshub and LawNewz
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cablevision Launches Hulu as Cable TV Channel  —  Cablevision Systems is now delivering Hulu to cable TV customers through their set-top boxes — the first time the Internet-video service is available directly through a pay-TV platform.  —  The New York-area cable operator has integrated Hulu …
Josh Horwitz / Quartz:
China blocks The Economist's website over satirical cover depicting President Xi in Mao-era propaganda style  —  The Economist's website is now censored in China—and all it took was one satirical cover  —  A bold denouncement of Xi Jinping will typically get censored very quickly in China.
Associated Press:
Feds approve Gannett $280M purchase of Journal Media Group  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal regulators have approved media company Gannett's purchase of newspaper company Journal Media Group for $280 million.  —  The two companies said Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice has approved the purchase.
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Caterina Visco / Global Editors Network:
Interview with Mic Chief Strategy Officer Cory Haik on the publication's strategy to reach millennials
Zheping Huang / Quartz:
Jack Ma is paying retention bonuses at The South China Morning Post to counteract staff departures following paper's sale to Alibaba
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Audible launches Channels section in its app in beta, streaming short-form audio including New York Times articles, episodes of PRI's The World and Charlie Rose
Discussion: Adam Davidson
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
How NPR created a 10K strong Facebook group that now operates day-to-day with almost no NPR involvement
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Publishers say Facebook's Suggested Videos program helps bring in new viewers but ad revenue is small