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1:38 PM ET, April 7, 2017

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Walt Mossberg / The Verge:
Walt Mossberg is retiring in June, shortly after the 2017 Code Conference, ending a 47-year career at publications including the WSJ, Recode, and The Verge  —  Thanks for reading, watching, listening  —  It was a June day when I began my career as a national journalist.
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
Google is rolling out a “fact check” feature in its search results that will include who said each claim and its accuracy rating within a featured snippet  —  Google rolled out a new feature Friday morning that will help fact checks stand out in search results.
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Mic raises $21M in Series C funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, putting the company's valuation at “mid hundreds of millions,” a source says  —  Plan is to fund new channels, ramp up premium video output  —  The millennial-focused web publisher Mic announced last week that it was rolling out nine new channels.
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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook will roll out a new guide tomorrow at the top of its News Feed to help users spot “false news” in 14 countries, including US, UK, and Germany
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Department of Homeland Security has withdrawn its order to unmask @ALT_uscis Twitter account that criticized Trump, prompting Twitter to drop its lawsuit  —  Just one day after being sued in federal court, the Department of Homeland Security has withdrawn its order to unmask the @Alt_USCIS account …
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Kerry Flynn / Mashable:
Twitter sues the Trump administration after Customs and Border Protection tries to compel the social network to reveal the identity behind @ALT_uscis account  —  So remember how President Donald Trump (a.k.a. @realDonaldTrump) loves Twitter and credits it with helping him win the election?
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: FCC Chairman tells trade groups of plans to update net neutrality rules created under Obama, wants to keep basic principles but move enforcement to FTC  —  Republican could make his plans public as soon as this month  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai laid …
BuzzFeed:
Trump's most diehard alt-right media defenders, including Mike Cernovich, Baked Alaska, and Paul Joseph Watson, have turned against him in wake of Syria strikes  —  “I'm officially OFF the Trump train,” tweeted Infowars' Paul Joseph Watson.  —  In the minutes after the Pentagon confirmed …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
YouTube says it will only allow channels with 10K lifetime views to monetize videos, to help make sure revenue flows only to those who play by the rules  —  The rule change is meant to weed out bad actors  —  Five years ago, YouTube opened their partner program to everyone.
Brian Raftery / Wired:
Oral history of Funny or Die as it turns ten, as told by its co-founders, CEO, writers, directors, producers, and celebrities  —  When Funny or Die launched on April 12, 2007, with “The Landlord”—a supercheap two-minute sketch pitting Will Ferrell against a swearing toddler …
Reuters:
Reuters begins appending a link to its Trust Principles at the bottom of stories and will also occasionally provide explanations for how pieces were reported  —  (NEW YORK) You may not be familiar with the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles, but to us at Reuters they are our indispensable compass.
Dave McNary / Variety:
The Intercept's 32-member staff has unionized with the Writers Guild of America East  —  The Intercept, the investigative journalism site founded by Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, has voluntarily recognized the Writers Guild of America East as the collective bargaining representative of its 32-member staff.
 
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