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7:20 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.
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  —  Listen up, America.  You too, snowflakes.  After being “banned permanently” from conservative media site The Blaze, Tomi Lahren could lose the very thing …
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.
Nausicaa Renner / Columbia Journalism Review:
First Draft News launches a Field Guide to Fake News, with exercises to help anyone understand how stories travel on social media  —  If there's one—and only one—thing we can say definitively about fake news, it's that it inspired some great reporting, of a kind that has never before been prominent in the public sphere.
Nieman Lab:
Scholars studying “fake news” say documenting how it moves and mobilizes people can help tell us why it circulates  —  Just as with works of art or literature, the meaning of a fake news story or image cannot be sharply separated from different ways of seeing, cultures of reading, or traditions of interpretation around it.
Discussion: @teslaughter, @bb_liliana and @jbenton
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 …
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 …
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
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  —  “I'm officially OFF the Trump train,” tweeted Infowars' Paul Joseph Watson.  —  In the minutes after the Pentagon confirmed …
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.
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Ben Popper / The Verge:
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Sami Main / Adweek:
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