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8:00 PM ET, April 21, 2017


 Top News: 
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Guardian confirms it has stopped publishing its articles to Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles  —  Publishers aren't happy with the deal platforms are cutting them.  Now, the Guardian has dropped both Facebook's fast-loading Instant Article format and will no longer publish content on Apple News.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Sources: Facebook is offering publishers a monthly sum in exchange for a minimum amount of produced video, to host mid-roll ads  —  The new deals include a mix of both live and produced video commitments.  —  Facebook wants to pay publishers to create more produced video as part of a plan …
Discussion: @taylorbuley and @edmundlee
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Sources: James Murdoch's discomfort with Fox's editorial approach will not cause him to change its programming and risk tampering with profits  —  Ex-Fox analyst: Bill O'Reilly was untouchable  —  What is Fox News without Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly?  —  That is the billion-dollar question surely …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube says 12M videos, including those with LGBTQ+ topics, are now available in Restricted Mode after fix, adds way to report videos wrongly excluded  —  YouTube today claims to have fixed an issue with its service that was causing it to incorrectly filter content in “Restricted Mode” …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Sources: As FCC eases ownership rules, Sinclair Broadcast Group is working on a deal to buy Tribune Media for a per-share price in the high $30s
Discussion: Common Dreams
Natalia Mazotte / Nieman Lab:
How the Argentinian daily La Nación became a data journalism powerhouse in Latin America, with a six-person data team that works on collaborative investigations  —  “We have a role that is almost like an NGO.  We build and open databases, break with the exclusivist paradigm — we even train competitors!"
Andrew Rettman / EUObserver:
Study of ~8M links shared by French users from Nov. 1-April 4 found almost 1 in 4 links did not “adhere to journalistic standards” or used “mythical” narratives  —  Almost one in four of the internet links shared by French users of social media in the run-up to elections …
Discussion: @nprkelly and Axios
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Four senators write Steve Bannon and White House ethics official, asking questions about Bannon's contacts with Breitbart News  —  Senate Democrats want White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon to clarify recent contact he's had with Breitbart News, the conservative outlet he once ran.
Discussion: Business Insider
Nicole Kobie / The Outline:
The Daily Mail has not been banned from Wikipedia as previously reported, but editors are discouraged from linking to it when better sources exist  —  The digital encyclopedia has no real leadership, doesn't vote, and has no rules.  So how does it govern itself?
Discussion: @joshuatopolsky
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa is taking over for the late Gwen Ifill as moderator of the long-running PBS show Washington Week  —  Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa is taking over for the late Gwen Ifill as moderator of the long-running PBS political talk show “Washington Week.”
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Sean Craig / Financial Post:
Postmedia and union reach deal saving 21 jobs out of 54 planned layoffs at Vancouver Sun and Province
Discussion: @nickeagland and Canadian Press
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Inside the Crimetown podcast and Providence Journal newspaper partnership: 16M downloads of season 1 for Crimetown; 5K-10K pageviews per week for the paper
George Slefo / Ad Age:
Google, Microsoft, major ad buyers and publishers coordinating on ad blocking plan, says Coalition for Better Ads' counsel, who expects a rollout by end-of-year
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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
In court, Infowars' Alex Jones says his company is “90% hard news”, compares himself to John Oliver and Stephen Colbert, and disputes the term “performance art”
Discussion: Mother Jones