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8:30 PM ET, April 8, 2016

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 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 / WordPress.com News:
WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com Sites  —  Today we are excited to announce free HTTPS for all custom domains hosted on WordPress.com.
Reuters:
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 RadarOnline.com 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
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Framework of Settlement Is Said to Be Reached in Sumner Redstone Competency Case
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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