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5:55 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 and 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 …
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  —  WASHINGTON — It had already been a long day, but Judy Woodruff wasn't in the mood to slow down.  —  Ms. Woodruff, the anchor of “PBS NewsHour,” …
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 …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Pandora announces $150M investment from private equity firm KKR as it posts $132M Q1 loss, resignation of two board members, new independent board committee  —  Pandora Media Inc. received $150 million from KKR & Co. and will step up its efforts to explore strategic options, including a possible sale of the internet radio company.
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."
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has digitized every article since 1867, charging $7.99 for 30-day access and $29.95 for a six-month subscription
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
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
Devin Leonard / Bloomberg:
Profile of Ryan Schreiber and his influential music website Pitchfork about two years after its acquisition by Condé Nast
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Interview with producer and host Alex Laughlin of The Washington Post's first in-house narrative podcast