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5:05 PM ET, April 6, 2018


 Top News: 
Facebook will only allow authorized advertisers to post ads on widely discussed issues like political topics, will require verification of admins of large Pages  —  We believe that when you visit a Page or see an ad on Facebook it should be clear who it's coming from.
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Myanmar civil society groups say Zuckerberg mischaracterized efficacy of Facebook systems to detect hate speech on Messenger in their country in Vox interview  —  SHANGHAI — Civil society groups in Myanmar on Thursday criticized Facebook's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg …
President Trump does not plan to attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner; Press Secretary Sanders will represent the administration  —  President Donald Trump will not participate in this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders …
UMD Right Now:   University of Maryland, White House Correspondents' Association, and Newseum partner to create a searchable digital archive of presidential pool reports
Laura Lollman / KASW-TV:
FBI confirms it has raided the Sedona, AZ home of founder Michael Lacey in child sex trafficking investigation  —  SEDONA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -  —  The FBI confirmed Friday that agents raided the Sedona home of Michael Lacey, the founder of  The website has been seized and shut down.
Blake Montgomery / BuzzFeed:
Classified ads site shows a message stating it and affiliated websites have been seized by US law enforcement  —  The classified ads site displays a message “ and affiliated websites have been seized.”  —, the popular classified ads website …
Sources: Netflix is attempting to acquire Regency Outdoor Advertising, a billboard company, for $300M as it increases spending on marketing to $2B this year  —  (Reuters) - Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) is attempting its largest acquisition, offering more than $300 million to acquire a company …
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
Anti-Sinclair ad featuring Deadspin video montage scheduled to run 175 times on four Sinclair stations over the next week, beginning Friday  —  An anti-Sinclair ad featuring a Deadspin video that mocks the Baltimore-based broadcaster could start running as early as Friday on four of the company's stations including WBFF in Baltimore.
Discussion: HuffPost and Mediaite
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Three political candidates vow not to advertise on Sinclair TV stations, and Sen. Richard Durbin asks Sinclair for information about its “must-run” stories
Cary O'Reilly / Bloomberg Law:
Department of Homeland Security to compile database of journalists, bloggers, and influencers in an effort to track 290K global news sources in 100 languages  —  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to monitor hundreds of thousands of news sources around the world and compile …
Discussion: Forbes and The Week
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: YouTube TV is testing up to six new channels from digital publishers like Cheddar, Tastemade, and The Young Turks Network  —  YouTube's livestreaming TV service is looking to add channels from multiple digital media publishers, including Cheddar, Tastemade and The Young Turks Network.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: Meredith bankers are hoping for $100M each for Time, Fortune, and Money, and $150M+ for SI; Jay Penske, with recent Saudi funding, is looking at titles  —  Bankers who are helping to sell the four former Time Inc. magazines that are now being divested by new owner Meredith …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Anders Hofseth / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Emily Bell on the lack of viable ad-supported models for journalism, commercial media, and the importance of public service media  —  “I think there's a very viable long-term financial model for commercial media.  But I don't necessarily think that applies directly to journalism."
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Sources: fewer than expected Spotify shareholders sold stock during listing, potentially driving price up; 5% of potentially available shares traded at open  —  Initial share supply shortage seen as driving up price briefly  —  Music-streaming company's trading volume below big tech IPOs
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Sony says it sold 17% of its 5.7% stake in Spotify on Tuesday, the day Spotify went public, for $250M+; other big labels are thought to own 4% or less
Discussion: Digital Music News and Engadget
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Mack DeGeurin / Motherboard:
Knowhere, a startup using neural natural language processing to rewrite trending news stories with an aim of impartiality, launches with $1.8M in VC funding
Discussion: FinSMEs
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Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CNN brought in $19.9M, Fox News $16.2M, and MSNBC $8.1M in ad spending in the first quarter; many of the same brands advertised across all cable channels
Discussion: Mediaite, The Week, HuffPost and Newser
Patrick Redford / The Concourse:
The new owners of LA Weekly, Semanal Media, have launched a campaign to push back against an ongoing boycott, saying the weekly is being bullied and harassed
New York Times:
The Paris Review names a new editor: Emily Nemens, co-editor of The Southern Review, who hopes to strike “a balance between stewardship and innovation”
Discussion: thecut and Vogue
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Knight study of local TV news: revenues and viewership are rising, and in smaller markets, TV news websites are the dominant local news source