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9:35 AM ET, May 4, 2017


 Top News: 
Mat Smith / Engadget:
EU accepts Amazon's offer to withdraw strong-arm clauses in e-book contracts to settle antitrust case  —  The European Commission has accepted Amazon's changes to how it sells its e-books.  Following a 2015 investigation over the retailer's anti-competitive behaviour, Amazon said back in January …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
In its effort to create TV-like content, Snap has signed original show deals with NBCUniversal, Turner, others, and is in talks with CBS and Fox, sources say  —  Snap Inc.'s ambitious effort to create television-like content has old and new media companies alike clamoring to learn …
Madeline Stone / Business Insider:
Email newsletter theSkimm says its weekly book recommendations have driven books up an average of 3K spots on Amazon's Best Sellers list  —  Every morning at 6:00 a.m., more than 5 million subscribers receive an email newsletter from theSkimm.  —  Launched by former NBC producers Danielle Weisberg …
Discussion: @businessinsider and @hadleypdxdc
Nilagia McCoy / Shorenstein Center:
Shorenstein report: to fight false news, researchers should involve more conservatives, amplify facts and collaborate with journalists, and develop shared data  —  Recent shifts in the media ecosystem raise new concerns about the vulnerability of democratic societies to fake news and the public's limited ability to contain it.
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
For nearly three years, Canadian government has pursued the notes of former Motherboard editor Ben Makuch in court, affecting his job by damaging sources' trust  —  For nearly three years, our colleague and friend Ben Makuch has had the full weight of Canada's intelligence agencies …
Joel Simon / Committee to Protect Journalists:
President Trump's lack of support for the essential role of a free press fuels deterioration of press freedom worldwide
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
NFL strikes deal letting Verizon stream London Ravens-Jaguars game on AOL, go90, and Complex; source says price was $21M  —  The NFL has struck a deal with Verizon to stream one regular-season game in the coming season, in a bet that distributing the matchup free for consumers over the internet …
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Profile of The Sun and interview with editor Tony Gallagher on political coverage, Brexit, and the papers' relationship with readers  —  Despite their falling circulations and tarnished reputations, tabloids maintain a striking grip on power as Britain prepares to cut ties with the European Union.
Michael Calderone / HuffPost:
FBI Director James Comey tells Congressional committee that a huge part of WikiLeaks activities has nothing to do with “legitimate” newsgathering  —  James Comey's remarks follow reports the Justice Department may prosecute Julian Assange over classified leaks.
Guido Fawkes:
MP Nadhim Zahawi wins £338K in libel case against Iranian state TV channel Press TV that falsely accused him of facilitating sale of oil between ISIS and Israel  —  Guido can reveal Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi has been awarded a stunning £338,000 payout after winning a libel case against Iranian state television channel Press TV.
Discussion: @bill_cameron
Mark Zuckerberg:
Facebook to add 3,000 people to its community operations team to review reports of inappropriate content, after several videos of violent killings went viral
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Pluto TV Inks Licensing Deals With Lionsgate, MGM, Warner Bros. for Library Titles  —  Pluto TV is bringing thousands of movies and TV shows — including “Silence of the Lambs” and “Mad Max” — to its free, ad-supported internet television service under pacts with Lionsgate, MGM and Warner Bros.
Discussion: Multichannel News and PR Newswire
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
The New York Times print ad sales dropped 17.9% YoY in Q1
Discussion: TechCrunch and Media Wire Daily
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