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1:25 PM ET, April 12, 2018

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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 …
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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 …
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
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.
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
On Tuesday, Gizmodo Media Group staff had heated 90-minute meeting with Univision's Head of Digital Media Sameer Deen who disclosed that Fusion isn't profitable
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 …
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  —  Commissioner says voluntary code could be scrapped in favour of legislation and sanctions … A loss of trust in Facebook in the light …
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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
Chris Welch / The Verge:
First look at ESPN+, the $4.99 per month direct-to-consumer streaming service, launching today within a redesigned ESPN app on iOS and Android  —  Today is the debut of ESPN+, a $4.99 direct-to-consumer subscription video service that offers a little bit of MLB and NHL action with a lot …
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
The UK's takeover regulator has ruled that Disney must make an offer to buy Sky in its entirety if its acquisition of 21st Century Fox succeeds  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's takeover regulator ruled on Thursday that Walt Disney (DIS.N) must make an offer for the whole of Sky if it succeeds …
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Bloomberg:
Spotify acquires music licensing company Loudr, which helps track and pay royalties to music publishers as Congress weighs simplifying the royalty system  —  Spotify is buying rights company Loudr in a move to beef up its ability to track and pay royalties to music publishers amid attempts …
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."
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  —  Tronc has underpaid women and journalists of color by thousands of dollars a year at the Los Angeles Times, suggesting systemic salary gaps …
 
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