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12:45 AM ET, April 12, 2018

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New York Times:
Probe of Trump's lawyer examines ties with David Pecker, head of American Media Inc., and raises questions about First Amendment and company's political role  —  President Trump has long had ties to the nation's major media players.  But his connections with the country's largest tabloid publisher …
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New York Times:
Sources: warrant for Trump lawyer sought records about Access Hollywood tape and role of National Enquirer publisher in silencing women who claim Trump affairs  —  The F.B.I. agents who raided the office and hotel of President Trump's lawyer on Monday were seeking all records related to the …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Amid privacy questions, multiple Republican lawmakers have alleged Facebook has an anti-conservative bias, asking about two “censored” pro-Trump vloggers  —  Mark Zuckerberg is facing a lot of questions about Facebook's policies, most of which involve handling user data.
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Davey Alba / BuzzFeed:
Answering lawmakers, Zuckerberg repeatedly relied on the promise of AI to weed out undesirable content, a defense that lets Facebook avoid responsibility  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies in a Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees joint hearing regarding the company's use and protection of user data.
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Sen. Ted Cruz cited Diamond and Silk, two Trump fans with 1.4M followers whose videos were deemed unsafe, as an example of Facebook's anti-conservative bias
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
As executives leave Univision's Fusion Media Group, staffers worry about looming budget cuts and possibly new owners  —  Two years after its splashy acquisition of the former Gawker sites, Isaac Lee's Fusion Media Group is careening into a new era of belt-tightening and downsizing.
CNBC:
Sources: Shari Redstone is likely to replace CBS CEO Les Moonves and the company's board if proposed merger deal with Viacom falls through  —  - Shari Redstone is likely to replace CBS chief Les Moonves if no merger deal is reached with Viacom, sources tell CNBC.
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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Viacom-CBS merger is overshadowed by a dispute between Les Moonves and Shari Redstone over who should be Moonves' No. 2 at new company  —  Leslie Moonves is open to merging CBS and Viacom — on his terms — but Shari Redstone, eager for power, may be ready to sacrifice Hollywood's most celebrated exec to chart her own path.
Discussion: Fortune
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
Ted Sarandos says Netflix won't screen its movies at Cannes Film Festival following rule that bans films without French theater distribution from prizes  —  Ted Sarandos says Netflix won't be going to Cannes this year.  —  In an exclusive interview with Variety, Netflix's chief content officer …
Shirley Halperin / Variety:
Apple promotes Oliver Schusser to vice president of Apple Music & International Content, as Music surpasses 40M paid subscribers worldwide  —  Oliver Schusser is promoted to head of Apple Music Worldwide, reporting to Eddy Cue.  — Fleetwood Mac to Tour With Neil Finn …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify and Hulu launch a combined subscription bundle for $12.99 per month for Spotify Premium users, available to all users later this summer  —  Last fall, Hulu and Spotify teamed up to offer students a bundle including both of their services for a discounted price, compared with paying for each subscription separately.
 
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN announces six new original series, slated for 2019, including one, American Style, produced by Vox Media's programming division Vox Entertainment
Matt Cooke / The Keyword:
Google's Digital News Initiative partners with the European Journalism Centre to launch the News Impact Network, a mentorship program for future media leaders
David Folkenflik / NPR:
In historic move, staff at The Chicago Tribune, a paper with a decades-old tradition of taking a labor-skeptic stance, inform bosses of their plan to unionize
Jeff Beer / Fast Company:
Ad companies team up to create the Advertising Protection Bureau to have more leverage in demanding accountability from media platforms for ad placement
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Trinity Mirror's proposed £200M takeover of Express and Star newspapers is being investigated by UK's competition regulator, referred to Culture Secretary
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Washington Post to test subscriber-only features, including cleaner article pages with infinite scroll, midterm elections newsletter, and an audio series
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Joseph Otterson / Variety:
Apple is developing a TV series based on Isaac Asimov's “Foundation” book trilogy; HBO previously attempted to adapt it for screen with Westworld's co-creator