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3:25 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.
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.
BuzzFeed:
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 …
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Department of Homeland Security has withdrawn its order to unmask @ALT_uscis Twitter account that criticized Trump, prompting Twitter to drop its lawsuit  —  Just one day after being sued in federal court, the Department of Homeland Security has withdrawn its order to unmask the @Alt_USCIS account …
Discussion: @aclu, ZDNet and NPR, more at Techmeme »
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.
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 …
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 …
David Reid / CNBC:
European Union approves 21st Century Fox bid to buy Sky TV channel for $14.5B  —  EU regulators have approved 21st Century Fox's £11.7bn ($14.5bn) takeover of UK broadcaster Sky TV.  —  Rupert Murdoch's company has won unconditional EU antitrust approval to buy the pay-TV group.
Discussion: @cnbc and @stevekopack
Pan Yue / China Money Network:
Sources: Chinese personalized news recommendation app Toutiao raises $1B Series D led by Sequoia and CCB International at over a $12B valuation  —  - 7  —  Sequoia Capital and CCB International, an investment unit of China Construction Bank Co., have led a series D investment of around US$1 billion …
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.
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.
 
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