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9:55 AM ET, April 24, 2018


 Top News: 
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku's 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
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.
David Beard / Poynter:
Profile of Alice Crites, the Washington Post's library-trained researcher who suspected account of Roy Moore accuser and shared byline on Pulitzer-winning story  —  Little known, widely respected: It's another Pulitzer season for Post's Alice Crites  —  One Pulitzer can make a career.
Discussion: @jdawsey1
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 …
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.
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
Noah Kulwin / New York Magazine:
Q&A with Katherine Maher, Wikimedia Foundation's executive director on business incentives of tech platforms, regulation, and the value of an internet commons  —  A conversation with Katherine Maher about Wikipedia's nonprofit structure and what incentive-based media models lack.
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
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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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
Emma Brockes / The Guardian:
Profile of Hanya Yanagihara, editor-in-chief of The New York Times T Magazine by day and a bestselling author by night