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8:00 AM ET, April 25, 2018

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Justin Baragona / Contemptor:
Infosec expert for Joy Reid says significant evidence exists that her old blog was compromised and some recently circulated posts were not on site at any time  —  Earlier this week, Mediaite published a bombshell report on the discovery of a large number of homophobic posts that had been discovered …
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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Twitter user shared screenshots of homophobic posts on Joy Reid's Reid Report, found via Wayback Machine; Reid claims content was manipulated by external party
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Some YouTube thumbnails depicted bestiality, now pulled; YouTube says monitoring tech missed because bestiality thumbnails may lack signals of typical porn  —  There is bestiality on YouTube, and it's surprisingly easy to find.  It's also surprisingly prevalent, but not in videos …
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Comcast makes £22B bid for British broadcaster Sky, at £12.50 a share, sparking a bidding war with 21st Century Fox and Disney  —  The US cable behemoth Comcast has declared a bidding war with 21st Century Fox and Disney for control of Sky by making a formal bid for Britain's dominant pay-TV operator.
Mark Anderson / Sacramento Business Journal:
McClatchy's Sacramento Bee announces plans to lay off or buy out 14 editorial staffers and eight working on production and copy desk, effective in early May  —  The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday announced another round of layoffs in its newsroom.  The latest round of job cuts includes 14 journalists …
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
McClatchy partners with Google to roll out its new subscription tool, Subscribe with Google, across all 30 of its local news sites across 14 states
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches a redesigned mobile app for its free users that lets them listen on-demand to any song on one of 15 personalized discovery playlists  —  Today at the Gramercy Theater in NYC, Spotify's Chief R&D Officer Gustav Söderström announced a brand new free version of the Spotify mobile app.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Sinclair revises plan for Tribune deal, would sell 23 TV stations, keep New York's WPIX, sell but operate Chicago's WGN, end up with 215 stations in 102 markets  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group has been forced to significantly revise its plan for station divestitures if its $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media is approved.
New York Times:
Danish inventor Peter Madsen convicted of murdering journalist Kim Wall; court heard how he invited her on to his submarine with the intention of killing her  —  COPENHAGEN — A Danish inventor who admitted to dismembering a journalist and discarding her body from the submarine he built …
Discussion: @ap
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
The Guardian halves its losses to £19M in the year to the end of March and is on track to break even in 2018  —  Publisher reports smaller than expected loss of £19m as benefits of tabloid switch filter through  —  The publisher of the Guardian and Observer halved its losses …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Online travel magazine Culture Trip raises $80M Series B; founder says the startup has 300 paid contributors and publishes 3,000 articles per month  —  While a lot of travel startups (Airbnb, Ctrip, Kayak, to name a few) have made waves by disrupting how people search for and buy accommodation …
Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Sources: Bloomberg is planning to erect a paywall on its site, possibly as soon as next month  —  - Bloomberg is planning to start charging readers to access stories on Bloomberg.com, potentially starting next month, according to people familiar with the matter.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Oath, which owns Yahoo and AOL, is changing its terms of service to force users to give up their class action lawsuit rights in the US  —  Verizon's Oath unit, which includes Yahoo, AOL and other media properties, is making a change that requires users to give up their right to be part of class action lawsuits.
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Some ad tech firms worry EU's GDPR will just increase market share for Facebook and Google, but EU's Věra Jourová doubts that will be an effect of the law
Owen Jones:
Journalism is one of the most socially exclusive professions in Britain, concentrated in one of the world's most expensive cities, and it must change
Meg Dalton / Columbia Journalism Review:
Charles Harder is continuing to pursue Gawker writers through the courts, as another case against a freelancer who wrote for Deadspin proceeds
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
UK-based digital publication The Debrief, which launched in 2014 and was aimed at young women, is shutting down, possibly due to changes to Facebook News Feed
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku adds news to its free channel, including the new streaming network ABC News Live
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
Discussion: Motherboard and @cfidd