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10:45 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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."
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 …
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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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