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5:45 PM ET, April 27, 2017

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Kaitlin Menza / Marie Claire:
Interview with New York Times reporter Emily Steel, who with Michael Schmidt spent six months investigating sexual harassment claims involving Bill O'Reilly  —  He was the most popular figure on the country's highest-rated television network.  But he was no match for New York Times reporter Emily Steel.
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sources: Fox News co-president Bill Shine asked Lachlan and James Murdoch to release a statement supporting him recently but they refused  —  As Fox News is roiled by lawsuits and the ouster of Bill O'Reilly, the network's co-president Bill Shine has retained the backing of the Murdochs.
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Facebook identifies efforts to falsely amplify content and sentiment using fake accounts, as seen in US election, improves detection using patterns of activity  —  Facebook Inc acknowledged on Thursday that it has become a battleground for governments seeking to manipulate public opinion …
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Comcast reports Q1 earnings of $20.46B, with cable network revenue rising 7.6% to $2.6B and broadcast rising 5.9% to $2.2B  —  Comcast is off to a strong start in 2017, thanks in large part to its better box office beginning.  —  The NBCUniversal parent company topped media analyst's expectations …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Ex-BuzzFeed staffers are posting videos on YouTube discussing why they left the site; some have garnered millions of views  —  BuzzFeed has drilled its young employees in the dark arts of crafting viral content.  And many of them have been using those skills in spades — after they've quit the company.
Discussion: @cebsilver and YouTube
Claire Zillman / Fortune:
Jesse Watters, co-host of Fox News show The Five, announced an abrupt two-day vacation after backlash over a remark he made about Ivanka Trump  —  Fox News' Jesse Watters, a co-host of The Five, faced social media backlash Wednesday for remarks about Ivanka Trump's appearance in Berlin that were interpreted as a crude innuendo.
Bloomberg:
Jimmy Iovine says Apple Music will become a destination for video as well as music, as the company ramps up its investment in original programming  —  The company wants to turn its music app into a one-stop shop for pop culture.  —  Subscribe Reprints  —  Will.i.am was shopping a reality show …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook to let users claim ad earnings on copyright-infringing videos posted by others, following YouTube and others  —  Facebook finally has a better solution to freebooting — the common practice of stealing someone your video and uploading it to their Facebook Page to reap the engagement and audience growth.
Discussion: Facebook Media, Recode and @pkafka
Alex Emmons / The Intercept:
Barrett Brown, on parole after serving time related to a hacking case, was re-arrested Thursday, the day before he was to be interviewed for PBS documentary  —  Award-winning journalist Barrett Brown was re-arrested and taken into custody Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to be interviewed for a PBS documentary.
Connie Bruck / New Yorker:
A look at Steve Bannon's background in the film industry, including looking for proof of Seinfeld royalties  —  Stephen K. Bannon, who maintains a precarious hold over the nativist wing of the Trump White House, honed his skills in the art of conservative persuasion in the most liberal precinct of the American imagination, Hollywood.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
As the Google-Facebook ad duopoly grows, publishers are partnering up to compete for ad dollars  —  If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.  As digital media sellers compete for ad dollars in a fragmented world, they're betting it's better to work together than to individually lose out on ad dollars entirely.
Discussion: @poynter and Mindshare In The Loop
 
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai outlines plan to roll back Title II net neutrality rules, plans to release full proposal on April 27 for FCC vote on May 18
Politico:
Sources: Drudge Report hires Daniel Halper, who was most recently Washington bureau chief of The New York Post and previously of The Weekly Standard
Discussion: Washington Post