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1:55 PM ET, April 10, 2018


 Top News: 
Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
Creator of Deadspin's Sinclair video montage says his intent was apolitical and worries about how the video could be used to confirm people's distrust of news  —  This past weekend, the media watchdog group Allied Progress began airing a message on Sinclair Broadcast Group stations urging viewers …
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Sinclair commentator Jamie Allman resigns following advertising boycott sparked by his sexually violent tweet directed at Parkland survivor David Hogg  —  A conservative commentator at a Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned television station in St. Louis has resigned after a statement he made threatening …
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Sinclair CEO David Smith says he told Trump “we are here to deliver your message” during campaign but that he made a similar offer to the Clinton camp  —  The rightwing broadcaster met Trump at the White House to pitch a potentially lucrative new product to officials
Discussion: The Wrap and CNNMoney
Tom Warren / The Verge:
High-profile accounts and popular music videos on YouTube were hacked and defaced, and the most-viewed video of all time, “Despacito”, disappeared briefly  —  Lots of popular music videos have been defaced  —  YouTube appears to have fallen victim to hackers today …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Tegna, which owns TV broadcast stations in 39 US markets, is working with Snap to include public Snapchat videos and images in its news coverage  —  Local broadcaster Tegna has partnered with Snap to bring public Snapchat stories to its local news programs.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Janice Min, former co-president and CCO of The Hollywood Reporter, signs consulting deal with NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment  —  The Hollywood Reporter's former co-president and chief creative officer will advise E! and other NBCU cable networks.  —  Janice Min, the former co-president …
Mia Galuppo / Hollywood Reporter:
Crooked Media, the company behind podcast Pod Save America, is expanding into film by co-producing a documentary on Ted Cruz challenge Beto O'Rourke  —  David Modigliani is directing the feature about the 2018 challenger to Ted Cruz.  —  Crooked Media — the media company behind popular …
Sally Kohn / Fast Company:
CNN commentator Sally Kohn talks about her experience as a liberal and openly-gay pundit at Fox News and what she learned at the network  —  Sally Kohn was a left-leaning commentator on the right-wing network.  “It taught me that no one is the embodiment of their worst stereotype.”
Discussion: Advocate
Associated Press:
Chinese government orders removal of four popular news apps, including Jinri Toutiao with 120M DAUs, for a period ranging from three days to three weeks  —  Four popular Chinese news apps have been temporarily removed from the Android store in China following an order from regulators …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
Investigation: owner of Facebook's biggest Black Lives Matter page, now suspended, appears to be based in Australia and may have taken some of ~$100K donations  —  For at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties …
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed:
Vietnamese human rights groups, independent journalists question if Facebook is helping suppress dissent by removing content flagged by state-sponsored trolls  —  The open letter from human rights activists and independent media groups in Vietnam criticizing Mark Zuckerberg comes ahead …
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John Byrne / Alternet:
Owners of Raw Story acquire AlterNet for an undisclosed amount
Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
Unsealed indictment in case alleges site helped customers edit ads to stay within legal limits
The Intercept:
Court files, including video and ~2,000 pages of docs, show how the Assad regime allegedly tracked and killed Marie Colvin for reporting on war crimes in Syria
 Earlier Picks: 
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
In its annual report on the health of the film business, MPAA finally includes home entertainment spending, which rose 11% YoY to $47.8B thanks to streaming
Discussion: The Guardian
Sources: Viacom has asked CBS to increase its valuation of the company by $2.8B to $14.7B
Discussion: Forbes and Adweek