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1:25 AM ET, April 13, 2018


 Top News: 
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Tronc fires Lewis D'Vorkin, chief content officer of Tribune Interactive, and lays off several dozen others, including LA-based video and online content teams  —  Former Los Angeles Times Editor in Chief Lewis D'Vorkin was fired by Tronc Inc. on Thursday and several dozen other employees of the company were laid off.
L.A. Times Guild:
Guild analysis of newsroom salary data at the LA Times shows Tronc has underpaid journalists of color and women at the paper by an average of $14K+ a year
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai declines to investigate Sinclair after a dozen senators requested a probe under “news distortion” standard of the public interest test  —  Pai springs into action—and much faster than when Trump wanted to punish NBC.  —  Democratic lawmakers yesterday followed …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: FCC wants more distance between Sinclair and the would-be owners of WPIX-TV and WGN-TV, is concerned it is selling the stations for below market prices  —  Regulator pushes back against potential buyers of TV stations Sinclair plans to unload to gain approval for the deal
Michael Calderone / Politico:
AP acknowledges killing a story in August 2017 on National Enquirer squashing a rumor about a Trump “love child”; NYT and WSJ say they also pursued story  —  AP acknowledges spiking and then reviving a story of how The National Enquirer paid off a Trump tipster.
Associated Press:
Sources: National Enquirer owner paid former Trump doorman $30K for rumor that Trump had illegitimate child; contract had $1M fine if rumor disclosed elsewhere  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Eight months before the company that owns the National Enquirer paid $150,000 to a former Playboy Playmate …
Janko Rottgers / Variety:
Hulu offering subscribers HBO add-on for $4.99/month for a limited time; if used, after six months, price rises to $14.99/month  —  Hulu is giving its subscribers a deep discount on HBO just in time for the return of “Westworld” later this month: The video subscription service began selling …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Crowdtangle data for Diamond and Silk's Facebook page shows steady numbers for total interactions; original video views decline was similar to Maddow's page  —  On Tuesday and Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg came to Washington and testified, for the first time, in front of two Congressional committees.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
A Colorado civic group, Together For Colorado Springs, is leading an effort to buy The Denver Post, owned by Alden Global Capital, with $10M pledged so far  —  A Colorado civic group is spearheading an effort to buy The Denver Post, which on Sunday excoriated its owner, a New York hedge fund …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Disney and Redbox battle in court over Disney movie download codes Redbox resells; Redbox claims its staffers were threatened when buying Disney DVD combo packs  —  Disney is taking the gloves off in its battle with kiosk operator Redbox, working to make it significantly harder for Redbox to obtain DVDs of recent Disney releases.
Don Thompson / Associated Press:
Carl Ferrer, CEO, pleads guilty to state, US charges of conspiracy, money laundering; Texas AG says the company pleaded guilty to human trafficking  — 54bf79283474  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The chief executive of a website …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
ProPublica investigative journalist Julia Angwin and data scientist Jeff Larson are leaving to launch a newsroom covering tech's impact on society  —  “I've long wanted to build a newsroom around this concept of pairing technical experts with journalists.  So that is what this newsroom will be about."
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Daniel Boffey / The Guardian:
European Commission says it could scrap voluntary code of conduct on removal of online hate speech in favor of legislation and sanctions
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Paul Sandle / Reuters:
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