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5:15 PM ET, April 20, 2016


 Top News: 
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
AOL acquires VR company RYOT; 25 staffers to form unit under The Huffington Post, working with TechCrunch, Engadget, clients of AOL's branded content division  —  Verizon's AOL Buys Virtual Reality Video Specialist RYOT  —  The company will form a new unit under AOL's Huffington Post division
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
New York Daily News fires an editor for removing attribution from columns by writer Shaun King, who was accused of plagiarism  —  Daily News fires editor after Shaun King accused of plagiarism  —  The New York Daily News has fired one of its editors for removing attribution from columns …
Reporters Without Borders:
World Press Freedom Index: Europe has freest media, North Africa/Middle East has least free; Finland ranked 1st, Tunisia and Ukraine rose most, Poland fell most  —  2016 World Press Freedom Index ­- leaders paranoid about journalists  —  Organisation  —  RSF_en
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Accelerated Mobile Pages launches on Google News  —  Google on Wednesday announced that it's integrating Google News with Accelerated Mobile Pages, the burgeoning web standard that aims to make the mobile web faster.  —  Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, launched on Google Search earlier …
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
BBC News creates controller role for mobile and online as overhaul begins  —  James Harding reveals plans to organise news, mobile and online under new controller as part of reshaping of division in face of around £80m cuts by 2022  —  BBC News is creating a controller of mobile …
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Bloomberg launches Middle East edition of website and will open Dubai studio to begin broadcasting in May  —  Bloomberg to launch Middle East edition  —  Move - which will include opening a studio in Dubai - is part of expansion that has included sites for Europe and Asia in past year
Megan Levy / Sydney Morning Herald:
Reporter Tara Brown and 60 Minutes TV crew released in Lebanon, returning to Australia  —  60 Minutes crew freed in Lebanon: Tara Brown says it's ‘great to be going home’  —  60 Minutes: mother and TV crew freed  —  Channel Nine says mother Sally Faulkner and the 60 Minutes crew …
Tony Semerad / Salt Lake Tribune:
Paul Huntsman, brother of ex-Utah governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr., is buying The Salt Lake Tribune from Digital First Media  —  Huntsman family buying The Salt Lake Tribune, hopes to ensure ‘independent voice for future generations’  —  The Salt Lake Tribune is being purchased by the Huntsman family.
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