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3:00 AM ET, May 9, 2017


 Top News: 
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Sinclair Broadcast Group acquires Tribune Media in a deal valued at $3.9B, paying $43.50 a share, a 25% premium over its average share price in Feb  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group has set a $3.9 billion merger agreement with Tribune Media, a deal that will bring more than 200 TV stations under …
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
The Macron hack had little effect on the French election likely due to bereft coverage, amplified by an absence of a robust right-wing broadcast media  —  PARIS — French readers awoke on Monday to headlines about its young president-elect, Emmanuel Macron, and his decisive defeat of the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Post-election in France, the Google-and-Facebook-backed fact-checking project, CrossCheck, is reviewing its work before deciding what's next  —  The experiment might be replicated in other countries, but “it'd be showing a lot of hubris to say ‘everybody should now do CrossCheck’ without doing …
Discussion: Forbes and @charliebeckett
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Comcast and Charter, the two largest cable operators in the US, announce wireless partnership, will work together to compete with AT&T and Verizon  —  Cable giants will collaborate to negotiate better contracts  —  Companies to work only with each other on new wireless deals
Sam Gustin / Motherboard:
John Oliver urges internet users to defend net neutrality again  —  HBO comedian John Oliver is a strong supporter of net neutrality, the principle that all internet content should be treated equally.  He made that clear in 2014 when he urged viewers to flood the Federal Communications Commission's website …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Richard Simmons sues National Enquirer, Radar Online, and American Media, Inc. for libel and invasion of privacy over “cruel and malicious” sex-change stories  —  In a libel complaint, the fitness star says the publication knew its source wasn't credible and that he has …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Prosecuting Julian Assange under the Espionage Act, for publishing leaked information, would create a massive threat to press freedom in the US  —  Lady Gaga — all in black and wearing a witch's hat — is interviewing Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he's been holed up for years.
Shadia Nasralla / Reuters:
Austrian court rules Facebook must remove postings deemed as hate speech across the platform and not just in Austria, strengthening an earlier ruling  —  Facebook must remove postings deemed as hate speech, an Austrian court has ruled, in a legal victory for campaigners who want to force …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Advertisers should stop rushing to Facebook and Google, and combat fake news by supporting the real news ecosystem, by giving newspapers their business again  —  PHILADELPHIA — Hey, America's Advertisers: You got some good news last week, didn't you?  —  Facebook, where you are increasingly placing …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Christian Science Monitor launches Monitor Daily, an emailed daily news digest that will cost $11/month, with the goal of reaching 10K subscribers in a year  —  “The Daily is really in the service of this mission of making people more thoughtful, less neurotic, more calm, and seeing the world through the lens of progress."
Ahead of June 8 UK general election, Facebook publishes ads in UK papers, including The Times, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, to raise awareness about fake news  —  Facebook has broadened its campaign to raise awareness about fake news, by publishing adverts in the UK press.
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Profile of Judy Woodruff, who has been covering Washington since 1977 and is now anchoring PBS NewsHour, with viewership up 20% YoY
Max Willens / Digiday:
Financial news network Cheddar, exploring additional revenue streams, creates a series of online courses for Strayer University
Discussion: @bobbierman
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
News Corp names Marc Frons chief technology officer, after he took the role on an interim basis last October
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Profile of The Pudding, a site publishing painstakingly crafted data visualization essays, financed via founders' work for clients like YouTube and Google
Discussion: @ylichterman
Devin Leonard / Bloomberg:
Profile of Ryan Schreiber and his influential music website Pitchfork about two years after its acquisition by Condé Nast
Mădălina Ciobanu /
Interview with producer and host Alex Laughlin of The Washington Post's first in-house narrative podcast
Paul Colgan / Business Insider Australia:
TPG Capital bids for Fairfax Media's metro papers, including Sydney Morning Herald, digital unit that publishes BI, HuffPost in Australia, and real-estate unit