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6:05 AM ET, April 12, 2017


 Top News: 
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sources say Bill O'Reilly may not return to Fox News after his planned vacation, announced Tuesday; source says he plans to return April 24  —  Embattled Fox News host Bill O'Reilly announced tonight that he is taking a vacation.  O'Reilly's decision to go off the air in the midst …
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Critics denounce Louisville's Courier-Journal for story about the “troubled past” of United passenger violently dragged off plane  —  Man dragged off overbooked United flight  —  It only took 24 hours for online anger to shift from United Airlines to a Kentucky newspaper.
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Press Secretary Sean Spicer apologizes on CNN for Hitler statement: “I mistakenly used an inappropriate, insensitive reference to the Holocaust”  —  YOUTUBE  —  “He was not using the gas on his own people in the same way that Assad is doing,” Spicer said, drawing immediate backlash …
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
Melania Trump accepts damages and apology from The Daily Mail publisher over allegations about her work as a professional model  —  US first lady sued UK newspaper's owners over allegations about her work as a professional model … The Daily Mail will pay damages to settle a libel claim brought …
Discussion: The Independent, ITV, BBC and @marksweney
Matthew Balan / Mediaite:
CNN hires Oliver Darcy, ex-politics editor at Business Insider, to cover media alongside Stelter and Byers, becoming the third alum of The Blaze to join  —  Two former employees of Glenn Beck's The Blaze website now work for CNN, as of Tuesday.  The cable news outlet hired Oliver Darcy …
Discussion: @oliverdarcy, Adweek and CNN
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku TV's new “More Ways to Watch” feature makes recommendations, by tracking what is viewed over inputs such as cable box and digital antenna  —  Roku today is rolling out a software updatethat's primarily filled with new features aimed at Roku TV owners - the portion of its business …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
Rolling Stone settles defamation case with UVA administrator Nicole Eramo, named in debunked rape story, after challenging earlier $3M jury award  —  The terms of the settlement are confidential, according to a lawyer for University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
RBmedia launches with focus on digital media, acquires  —  A new digital media company is making its debut with a splashy acquisition: RBmedia, a new entity formed by combining eight brands focused on digital magazine and audio content, will acquire …
Robert Safian / Fast Company:
Wide ranging interview with Mark Zuckerberg about his 2017 open letter, Facebook's mission, global culture, the spread of misinformation, more  —  In a candid, wide-ranging interview, the CEO shares thoughts on where his company is headed.  —  When Fast Company first wrote about Mark Zuckerberg …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
BuzzFeed News earned its first Pulitzer finalist nod, for a story by investigative reporter Chris Hamby recognized in the international reporting category  —  As is usually the case, legacy news organizations cleaned up at The Pulitzer Prizes this year — the overwhelming majority of prizes …
Discussion: @markknoller
The Trace:
2017 Pulitzer-winning New York Daily News reporter Sarah Ryley joins The Trace, a journalism non-profit dedicated to covering gun violence
Discussion: Adweek
James Warren / Poynter:
Q&A with Art Cullen, from the family-run, twice-weekly, 3,000-circulation Storm Lake Times, on his Pulitzer for editorials confronting big business in Iowa
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vivendi's Dailymotion plans major June relaunch, sidelining user videos to focus on premium news, sports, music, and entertainment content  —  Dailymotion is about to largely abandon its roots in user-generated content.  —  The video site, now majority owned by French media conglom Vivendi …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Time Warner-owned Turner and Warner Bros. launch ad-free streaming service for cartoons, Boomerang, priced at $5 per month
Discussion: Multichannel News and Polygon
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Many of those tapped for the Skype seat at White House press conferences have not been reporters but conservative talk-show hosts
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Sputnik correspondent Cassandra Fairbanks says she filed harassment complaint with FBI against conservative pundit Louise Mensch
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Forbes, The New York Times, and other publishers abandon or scale back use of Facebook's Instant Articles due to lack of monetization
Lindsey Adler / Deadspin:
The NYT's Sports account sent a tweet critical of the paper's Public Editor Liz Spayd, in response to her column about sports coverage