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8:00 PM ET, April 10, 2018

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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 …
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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: CNNMoney and The Wrap
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
Sinclair commentator Jamie Allman resigns following advertising boycott sparked by his sexually violent tweet directed at Parkland survivor David Hogg
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter endorses the Honest Ads Act, a bill introduced last year to promote political ad transparency, following Facebook's endorsement of it last week  —  Just hours before social media companies face a regulatory reckoning with Facebook's appearance on the Hill, Twitter is taking a step to get right with Congress.
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 …
Discussion: Page Six
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Bloomberg's TicToc, its Twitter video news service, will launch a podcast, audio news digest, and a newsletter next month  —  Now that Bloomberg's new live Twitter network TicToc has taken off, it's expanding its brand into more direct-to-consumer offerings, like podcasts, audio digests and a newsletter, launching later this month.
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 …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg's prepared testimony says Facebook dealt with several Russian threats, including from APT28, before the 2016 US election
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.
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
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Vimeo launches a free macOS app that helps simplify video sharing and has Final Cut Pro integration  —  The YouTube competitor video site Vimeo has today debuted a new Vimeo app for macOS, available for free in the Mac App Store.  The native client simplifies video sharing for Vimeo users …
Discussion: Vimeo, MacRumors and TechCrunch
Tony Rehagen / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Sarah Kendzior, a political journalist based in St. Louis who foresaw Trump's authoritarian streak and highlighted his relationship with Putin early  —  Sarah Kendzior still has trouble explaining the limousines to her neighbors.  Kendzior is a political journalist who works mostly …
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Despite Trump's repeated criticism of Amazon and Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has remained silent; sources say it reflects his desire to play the long game
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
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Twenty child advocacy and privacy groups ask FTC to investigate whether YouTube violates COPPA, a federal law designed to protect kids' online privacy
Discussion: Naked Security and The Daily Beast
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John Byrne / Alternet:
Owners of Raw Story acquire AlterNet for an undisclosed amount
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
Jacques Billeaud / Associated Press:
Unsealed indictment in Backpage.com case alleges site helped customers edit ads to stay within legal limits
Reuters:
Sources: Viacom has asked CBS to increase its valuation of the company by $2.8B to $14.7B
Discussion: Adweek and Forbes