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Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:
Senate votes 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations requiring that ISPs ask before sharing customer data  —  The Senate voted Thursday to make it easier for internet service providers to share sensitive information about their customers, a first step in overturning landmark privacy rules …
Jeff Gammage / Philly.com:
Philadelphia Media Network guild members vote down contract that would have ended seniority protections in the event of a layoff  —  Journalists and other union members at the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com have decisively rejected a contract offer that would have provided solid …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: a bitter feud has emerged between Patrick Soon-Shiong and Michael Ferro as they compete for larger stakes in Tronc  —  Ousted director Patrick Soon-Shiong adds to stake in Los Angeles Times publisher, setting up for showdown with its biggest shareholder and chairman Michael Ferro
James Cook / Business Insider:
Filing: SoundCloud raises $70M in debt funding to build a “financially sustainable platform”, following a $100M raise in June 2016  —  Music streaming service SoundCloud has raised $70 million (£56 million) in debt funding, according to documents filed with Companies House in the UK.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Instagram says it will start blurring “Sensitive Content” that doesn't merit removal and opens two-factor authentication to all  —  Instagram is already doing a lot to spot and censor posts that violate its community guidelines, like outright porn, but now it's also taking steps …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Chartbeat and CrowdTangle expand Offsite Social globally, offering publishers more data on social engagement and distribution  —  Chartbeat and CrowdTangle today announced a major expansion of a tool for measuring how stories are performing on social platforms.
Jeremy Gerard / Deadline:
The New York Times names New York magazine's Jesse Green co-chief theater critic in wake of Charles Isherwood's departure  —  The New York Times poached New York magazine's Jesse Green to be co-chief theater critic with longtime Number One, Ben Brantley.  The hiring, effective May 1 …
 
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