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11:45 AM ET, April 8, 2017


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Naomi Martin / Dallas Morning News:
Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren sues Glenn Beck and TheBlaze for wrongful termination, claims her Facebook page is not TheBlaze's property  —  Tomi Lahren, the young incendiary conservative commentator, is suing her former boss, Glenn Beck and his media firm, The Blaze, for wrongful termination involving her pro-choice comments.
Emma Grey Ellis / Wired:
Ownership of Facebook pages returns as an issue, for commentator Tomi Lahren from the TheBlaze and for several former BuzzFeed staffers
Peter Sterne / Politico:
How Bill O'Reilly became the latest target for Angelo Carusone of Media Matters through pressure on advertisers  —  Angelo Carusone is targeting Fox News' biggest star with a plan he used on Beck and Limbaugh.  —  Angelo Carusone thinks Bill O'Reilly's days at Fox News are numbered.
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.
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.
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.
Tony Romm / Recode:
Source: Internet Association, which represents Facebook, Google, Twitter, others, will meet with FCC's Ajit Pai next week to discuss net neutrality rule changes  —  Some in Silicon Valley fear the draft blueprint from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai lacks teeth.  —  A short-lived ceasefire over net neutrality is quickly coming to an 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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds new features to Instant Articles to encourage email sign-ups and Page Likes  —  Facebook today rolled out an improvement to its Instant Articles feature that now lets publishers include call-to-action units in their articles to better connect with readers, including those that encourage email sign-ups and Page Likes.
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 …
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Profile of The New York Times' Maggie Haberman, a tough but fair political reporter who may have a better handle on Trump than any other journalist  —  Several days before Donald Trump announced his bid for the presidency in June 2015, he invited New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman to lunch at Trump Grill.
Discussion: @cnn and @selenalarson
Trump's most diehard alt-right media defenders, including Mike Cernovich, @BakedAlaska, and Paul Joseph Watson, have turned against him in wake of Syria strikes
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
SEC filing: CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves received $69.6M compensation in 2016, up 22.5% over 2015  —  The filing also disclosed that Sumner Redstone would leave his voting role on the CBS board as of the annual shareholder meeting in May.  —  CBS Corp. chairman, president …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix's chief product officer Neil Hunt departing in July after 18 years, will be replaced by Greg Peters; chief talent officer Tawni Cranz also leaving  —  Netflix said international exec Greg Peters will become chief product officer in July, taking over for Neil Hunt, who is leaving the company after 18 years.
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