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8:50 PM ET, April 25, 2018

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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.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Snap says it will begin testing six-second non-skippable ads in select Snapchat Shows beginning May 15  —  Once reluctant to force ads on its users, still-unprofitable Snapchat is going to start testing nonskippable ads in its TV-like shows, according to three sources with direct knowledge …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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: CNN and Politico
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
Digg, formerly owned by Betaworks, has been sold to Boston-based ad-tech company BuySellAds; new CEO Todd Garland plans to streamline Digg and build up ad stack  —  Last month, Digg, an old beloved content aggregation destination, made the sad announcement to its loyal following that it was shutting down its RSS platform, Digg Reader.
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 …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Jonathan Carson, who joined Mic as president in April 2017, is transitioning out of the company over next few months; CEO says Mic isn't hiring a replacement  —  Jonathan Carson, who joined Mic as its president in April 2017, is headed out.  The millennial-focused publisher hasn't named a replacement.
Allison Graves / Poynter:
Lee Williams, a columnist and editor at GateHouse's Sarasota Herald-Tribune, advocates for the NRA while editing breaking news, raising ethical questions  —  A little more than a month after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Lee Williams sat down with Marion Hammer …
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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Michael E. Kanell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Pandora says it plans to add about 250 jobs in Atlanta over the next three years in engineering, sales, legal, and human resources
Jem Aswad / Variety:
US House unanimously passes Music Modernization Act to streamline licensing and ensure royalty protection for pre-1972 performances; bill now goes to Senate
Sirius XM Holdings Inc.:
Sirius XM beats expectations with Q1 earnings of $289M, up 40% YoY, on revenue of $1.4B, up 6% YoY; total subscribers rise to 33M+
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
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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
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
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
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