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4:45 AM ET, April 24, 2018


 Top News: 
Sean Hannity:
Sean Hannity responds to Guardian story, describing it as the “latest fake news attack”, and says he never discussed Obama-era loans with HUD officials  —  It is ironic that I am being attacked for investing my personal money in communities that badly need such investment and in which …
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
A look at Hannity's real estate empire, including apartment complexes bought with HUD help, a fact Hannity didn't mention when interviewing Ben Carson last year
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
CBS All Access launches ad-free option in Canada for CAD$5.99/month, on the web, iOS, Android, Apple TV, and Chromecast, with more devices coming within months  —  CBS' over-the-top streaming service, CBS All Access, is now available for the first time outside the U.S. The network today announced …
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Apple's acquisition of Shazam faces extended EU probe as antitrust regulators worry that Apple might halt Shazam referrals and use Shazam data to hamper rivals  —  EU says concerned Apple could use Shazam data to hamper rivals  —  Probe also looking whether Apple could halt Shazam referrals
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitch's Bits, a virtual good for fans to reward streamers, now work with Twitch Extensions, letting both creators and devs earn money via 80/20 revenue split  —  Twitch's Bits, a virtual good that allows fans to cheer on their favorite streamers, have been one of the ways Twitch creators …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Matt Kiser, creator of WTF Just Happened Today, builds Current Status, a tool to find political news using an algorithm, like Memeorandum, and adds his tweaks  —  “I see my role as a sort of reinforcement editor, ensuring that the good stuff is always percolating to the top.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' base salary declined from $900K to $850K in 2017, but his overall compensation package increased 5%, with $23.5M in stock options  —  Content chief Ted Sarandos saw his pay jump more than 18 percent to $22.4 million.  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings received …
Samer Kalaf / Deadspin:
The Boston Globe put columnist Kevin Cullen on administrative leave as it reviews his work, after questions about the accuracy of his Marathon bombings stories  —  The Boston Globe has placed columnist Kevin Cullen on “administrative leave” while it conducts a review of his work …
Discussion: WEEI, Union-News, WEEI and WGBH News
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John F. Harris / Politico:
In a Q&A with Politico EIC John Harris, NYT Editorial Page Editor James Bennet discusses his role and recent controversies around the section
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Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Ex-Sinclair reporter Suri Crowe says she was disciplined by company management for failing to apply “balance” to climate change stories
Jean Friedman-Rudovsky / Generocity Philly:
Resolve Philly, a hub for the city's newsrooms, announces a new year-long collaboration among 19 Philly outlets, Broke in Philly, covering poverty in the city
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
12th District Court of Appeals strikes down Texas law that made disclosing “revenge porn” unlawful, ruling it violates the First Amendment