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6:25 PM ET, April 27, 2017


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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.
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.
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 …
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, Adweek, 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.
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.
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  — was shopping a reality show …
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.
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.
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