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4:50 AM ET, April 7, 2017


 Top News: 
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?
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  —  What the new educational tool will look like in News Feed.  —  In its latest move to help blunt the flow of misinformation on its platform …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify is considering directly listing its shares on a public exchange in September, instead of a traditional IPO  —  Music-streaming service considers a direct listing, bypassing the typical public-offering script  —  Music-streaming service Spotify AB is readying an initial public offering that is expected by year-end.
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 …
Sami Main / Adweek:
Business Insider debuts The Bottom Line, a weekly business news show hosted by CEO Henry Blodget that will stream on Twitter and Facebook  —  Henry Blodget hosts The Bottom Line on Facebook and Twitter  —  Henry Blodget, the global editor in chief and CEO at Business Insider, is making the leap into market-driven business news TV.
Discussion: @adweek and @stevekovach
Max Willens / Digiday:
The Strategist, New York magazine's e-commerce brand, has seen affiliate revenue from product sales grow 450% YoY but wouldn't share the total dollar figure  —  New York magazine has been giving its print subscribers shopping recommendations for five decades.
Discussion: Adweek and @digiday
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Showtime makes its entire library available for offline viewing on mobile devices  —  Showtime will now allow subscribers to download its programming for offline viewing on mobile devices - following similar moves by Netflix and Amazon.  The network says its entire library will be supported …
Mike Rosenberg / The Seattle Times:
Top editor of Tacoma's News Tribune, Karen Peterson, resigns as newspaper prepares for cuts of at least 10 jobs from staff of about 65  —  The paper is also preparing for a more digital-focused strategy as part of a plan with its corporate owners.
Discussion: @melissasantos1
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed:
Baltnews, a network of Russian-language news sites in the Baltics, is secretly owned by the Kremlin-backed holding that runs RT and Sputnik, investigation finds  —  The investigation, by Latvia's Re:Baltica journalism center, found that via a number of vehicles registered in the Netherlands and Russia …
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The Nation:
The Nation launches a confidential tips resource, adopting encrypted tools like WhatsApp, Signal, and PGP for whistleblowers
Discussion: Talking New Media
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
O'Reilly's “hotline defense” is ludicrous: a Fox News culture of fear would prevent a sexually harassed woman from calling an internal hotline
 Earlier Picks: 
David Lieberman / Deadline:
MGM agrees to pay $1.03B for Viacom's 49.8% and Lionsgate's 31.2% stakes in Epix; MGM will become the sole owner of the premium entertainment network
Discussion: Home Media Magazine and
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Russia's Sputnik hires former Breitbart News reporter Lee Stranahan to launch a radio show
Ben Popper / The Verge:
YouTube's $35/mo TV streaming service debuts in Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco Bay area, with 4 major networks, 40+ cable channels