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9:06 AM ET, May 8, 2017


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Sources: Sinclair close to buying Tribune Media for ~$44 a share; Tribune closed at $40.29 on Friday  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc (SBGI.O) is nearing a deal to acquire Tribune Media Co (TRCO.N) after prevailing in an auction for the U.S. regional TV station owner, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
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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  —  Fairfax Media is considering a fresh proposal from US private equity giant TPG Capital to buy the Domain real estate business …
Zeynep Tufekci / BuzzFeed:
Advice for France: use caution in reporting on uncurated dumps of hacked emails, which can fuel viral misinformation, violate privacy, and confuse the public  —  A brief guide to the information wars.  —  Ooh, la la. So, it happened to you too.  The frontrunning presidential candidate got hacked …
After Le Pen's party banned BuzzFeed, Politico, Charlie Hebdo, more from election-night event, Le Monde, Bloomberg, and others pulled their reporters out too  —  The banning happened shortly after BuzzFeed News published investigations exposing racist and antisemitic statements made by Front National candidates.
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 …
Discussion: @perlberg
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.
USA Today:
Gannett asks FBI to probe wave of phony Facebook accounts that like USA Today and affiliates; firm has taken steps including blocking new Bangladeshi followers  —  SAN FRANCISCO - The parent company of USA TODAY said it had asked the FBI to investigate a wave of fake Facebook accounts so large …
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