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12:15 PM ET, April 4, 2018


 Top News: 
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Police say one woman, now dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound, shot three others at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, one of whom is in serious condition  —  San Bruno received multiple 911 calls from headquarters, report says  —  At least four people were shot at YouTube's headquarters …
Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed:
YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam had denounced the platform for age-restricting and demonetizing her videos; her father warned police she might visit YouTube HQ  —  The woman posted frequently on the video sharing platform about animal cruelty, vegan recipes, and said she believed YouTube was discriminating against her.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Twitter account of YouTube product manager Vadim Lavrusik was hacked and shared fake news during YouTube HQ shooting; Twitter deleted hoax tweets from account  —  As Twitter users searched for news about today's shooting at YouTube headquarters, hackers were actively compromising a verified employee account to spread misinformation.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Mark Zuckerberg to testify before House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11, first of three potential hearings in Congress, about Facebook's data privacy  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a key House committee next week, the panel said Wednesday …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook confirms it scans the text and images people send each other on Messenger; the content gets blocked if it doesn't abide to the platform's rules  —  System is supposed to detect content that violates standards  —  Company on the defensive about how it handles private data
Discussion: Vox, more at Techmeme »
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Internal Facebook white paper says Trump campaign spent $44M on FB ads while Clinton team spent $28M from June-November 2016; Trump team ran 5.9M ad versions  —  The president's ad campaign was 'more complex than Clinton's'  —  Trump focused on new donors; Clinton on ensuring broad appeal
Alex Stamos / Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook deletes 70 FB accounts, 138 FB Pages, and 65 Instagram accounts run by Russia's Internet Research Agency this morning, shares samples of IRA content  —  This morning we removed 70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts — as well as 138 Facebook Pages — that were controlled by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA).
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
In Trump era, NYT's newsroom is divided with tensions brewing between older and younger staff as Managing Ed says journalism is not about “creating safe spaces”  —  Catalyzed by the Trump presidency, roiled by flash points like Glenn Thrush, Bret Stephens, and Bari Weiss …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: WPP board is looking into allegations of misuse of company assets and improper personal behavior by Chief Executive Martin Sorrell  —  Questions come as advertising giant is facing cost-cutting pressures from clients and stepped-up competition from Google, Facebook
Sources: Viacom rejected a below-market bid from CBS for the company but is now working on a counter-offer  —  A below-market bid for Viacom by CBS was immediately rejected, sources familiar with the situation said Wednesday.  —  Viacom will now propose a counteroffer to CBS.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and CNBC
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Spotify closes at $149.60 on its first day, down ~10% from opening but still far above private market price of ~$132, giving the company a market cap of ~$26.5B  —  Spotify is done with its long-awaited “direct listing” experiment.  The music streaming company went public without the IPO.
Fast Company:
An in-depth look at how Twitter is scrambling to combat abuse on its platform, after initially being blinded to safety concerns by its zeal for free speech  —  Yair Rosenberg wanted to troll the trolls.  —  Rosenberg, a senior writer for Jewish-focused news-and-culture website Tablet Magazine …
Ashley Balcerzak / Center for Public Integrity:
Since 2016, Sinclair Broadcast Group's political action committee has donated ~$78K to Republican candidates, with company execs making donations too  —  Critics argue the TV news giant is producing Trump-friendly ‘pro-government propaganda’  —  A collection of images of anchors reciting …
Discussion: On The Media and Washington Post
Review of Sinclair employment contracts shows some employees cannot resign from firm without incurring a penalty equivalent to 40% of their annual compensation
Ruchi Kumar / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Business DNA, a new English-language financial mag focused on growing industries in Afghanistan, hoping to foster local entrepreneurship, investment  —  Business DNA aims for a success that will show “the Afghan private sector has the ability to operate independently …
Discussion: The Diplomat
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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