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12:05 PM ET, April 24, 2018


 Top News: 
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
A Twitter user discovered homophobic posts on Joy Reid's old blog The Reid Report; Reid claims the content was added by hackers  —  MSNBC weekend host Joy Ann Reid apologized last December for a series of homophobic blog posts she wrote from 2007 to 2009 about then-closeted-Governor Charlie Crist of Florida …
Radhika Jones / Vanity Fair:
Vanity Fair's website has launched a paywall, with readers getting four articles a month for free before needing to subscribe  —  I've been an avid watcher of The Crown for its first two seasons.  It is one of the most subtle and fascinating studies of female power I've seen.
The Guardian:
Sean Hannity's real estate venture bought houses through a property dealer who was involved in a criminal conspiracy to fraudulently obtain foreclosed homes  —  Shell company tied to the Fox News host bought homes through Jeff Brock, who was charged in 2016 with fraud and conspiracy for his role …
Discussion: The Wrap, Contemptor and Splinter
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
Steve Pratt / Pacific Content:
As it prepares to launch a podcasts app, Google adds seamless podcast listening across devices, allowing users to listen on a phone and resume on Google Home  —  Google has a new podcasting strategy that completely reimagines how people find and listen to shows.  Today, part one of our exclusive five-part series.
Monika Bickert / Facebook:
Facebook publishes the internal guidelines it uses to enforce its public Community Standards, will allow users to appeal when their posts are taken down  —  One of the questions we're asked most often is how we decide what's allowed on Facebook.  These decisions are among the most important …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku adds news to its free channel, including the new streaming network ABC News Live  —  Last fall, Roku launched its own channel to provide its cord-cutting customers with access to free movies and TV shows in a single destination.  Today, it's adding live news to its channel, too.
Discussion: Multichannel News
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Tech news site Techdirt sent FOIA requests to the CIA about a card game the agency created to train analysts, recreated it, and is launching it via Kickstarter  —  Yes, the CIA made a card game.  And... we're releasing it.  No, really.  If you want to play the top secret card game …
Discussion: @cfidd and Boing Boing
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
A look at The Daily Beast's reinvention under Editor John Avlon, with a focus on pop culture and politics driving traffic of 16.5M monthly visits in 2017  —  It's been more than four years since John Avlon, — the former columnist and ubiquitous cable news commentator …
Discussion: @davidklion
Christi Carras / Variety:
Discussion: TVNewser
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John F. Harris / Politico:
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