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11:05 AM ET, April 25, 2018


 Top News: 
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
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 …
Viacom Q2 earnings: revenues fell 3.3% to $3.15B with domestic affiliate revenue falling 4% to $934M  —  (Reuters) - Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue on Wednesday, as moves to sell rather than release its movies returned Paramount Pictures to profitability.
Discussion: The Wrap
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 …
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.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Memo: staff in The Wall Street Journal's editing operation have been asked to reapply for their jobs following reorganization  —  Jason Anders, chief news editor at The Wall Street Journal, and Steve Wisnefski, editor of professional news, sent out the following message to the staff on Tuesday:
Discussion: @michellemanafy and @moorehn
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 …
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
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast Q1 earnings: $22.8B in revenue, boosted by a 21.3% increase in revenue at NBCUniversal, but lost 93K cable customers while gaining 351K broadband subs  —  Comcast beat Wall Street expectations for the first quarter, as NBCUniversal revenue jumped 21.3% year over year thanks to a big boost …
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.
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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
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
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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
Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Sources: Bloomberg is planning to erect a paywall on its site, possibly as soon as next month