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3:25 PM ET, April 25, 2018


 Top News: 
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Reporters without Borders has released its annual press freedom report-card and the US is ranked 45th in the world; Philippines slid to #133 and Turkey to #157  —  Last weekend, as Nicaragua's police brutally cracked down on protesters demonstrating against President Daniel Ortega …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix orders one of its first shortform series, Follow This, a weekly docuseries following BuzzFeed News journalists as they work, premiering July 9  —  The shortform series will follow the journalists at BuzzFeed News as they report a variety of stories.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: @helenpidd
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Viacom says it is working with Snap on multiyear original content and ad deal that would include Snapchat influencers in new and existing shows  —  Viacom and Snapchat are working together to create new shows that would star top Snapchat stars.  —  In a multiyear original content …
Discussion: @kerrymflynn
Viacom Q2 earnings: revenues fell 3.3% to $3.15B with domestic affiliate revenue falling 4% to $934M
Discussion: The Wrap and The Wrap
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 …
Chris Butler / Internet Archive Blogs:
Wayback Machine says it declined to take down “fraudulent” blog posts after Joy Reid's lawyers contacted archive; robots.txt later excluded blog from archives
Chronicle of Higher Education:
Drew Cloud, an “expert” on student loans quoted by WaPo, CNBC, and The Boston Globe, is a fictitious persona created by a student finance company  —  Drew Cloud is everywhere.  The self-described journalist who specializes in student-loan debt has been quoted in major news outlets …
Jonathan Randles / Wall Street Journal:
Filing: Peter Thiel agrees to withdraw bid for Gawker website and archives, will give eventual buyer legal release for archived articles  —  Billionaire venture capitalist will sit out sale of dormant blog to avoid potential legal claims against him  —  Billionaire investor Peter Thiel …
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.
Washington Post:
The Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico, Associated Press, and CNN ask court to unseal records from Mueller's Russia investigation  —  A coalition of news organizations, including The Washington Post, asked a federal court on Tuesday to unseal materials used by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Judge lets discrimination suit against Fox News by Scottie Nell Hughes proceed but trims some claims; she alleged she was raped by host Charles Payne in 2013  —  Scottie Hughes alleges being blacklisted after complaining of sexual assault by Fox Business host Charles Payne.
Jon Lafayette / Multichannel News:
Conviva report: viewing of OTT video grew by 114% YoY in Q1, with total viewing hours reaching nearly 5B across mobile, connected TV, and desktop  —  Total viewing hours reach nearly 5 billion  —  Viewing hours of over-the-top, internet-delivered video grew by 114% in the first quarter from a year ago …
Discussion: MediaPost, TechCrunch and FierceCable
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Podcasting startup Castbox raises $13.5M Series B led by SIG China and says it has doubled its user base to 15M since October 2017
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
Discussion: @inafried
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Some YouTube thumbnails depicted bestiality, now pulled; YouTube says monitoring tech missed because bestiality thumbnails may lack signals of typical porn
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