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2:00 AM ET, April 27, 2018


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Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
NBC News faces skepticism that it can reform in-house sexual harassment amid more accusations against Matt Lauer and new accusations against Tom Brokaw  —  NBC News Chairman Andy Lack had barely slept.  Late the night before, he had walked from the art deco headquarters of NBC Universal …
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Amazon to raise the price of Prime from $99 to $119 in the US, the first increase in 4 years, going into effect for new subs on May 11 and existing subs in June  —  The increase is effective for new customers starting May 11.  —  Amazon is increasing the price of its Prime membership …
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Amazon's “other” sales, mostly comprised of its advertising revenue, jumped 139% to $2.03B in Q1, the first time sales have surpassed $2B  —  - Amazon's quarterly advertising sales surpassed $2 billion for the first time in the first quarter.  — Amazon doesn't break …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: AT&T raised idea of settling DOJ antitrust suit in March, but talks stalled after it became clear DOJ wanted full divestiture of Turner, which owns CNN  —  Many observers see the case tilting toward AT&T, but crucial questions still sow doubt: could AT&T use Time Warner's content to squeeze competitors?
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Claims by Joy Reid's cybersecurity expert that her old blog was compromised fall apart when compared with archived versions  —  MSNBC host Joy Reid claims that recently unearthed homophobic articles attributed to her are fakes.  And she says a cybersecurity consultant has proof that her old blog has been hacked.
A look at YouTube's strategy moving forward from a painful year, as it tries to rein in abusive content while encouraging creators and reassuring advertisers  —  Extremist propaganda, dangerous hoaxes, videos of tasered rats—the company is having its worst year ever.  Except financially.
Ashley Gold / Politico:
House hearing on social media content filtering devolved into bickering as vloggers Diamond and Silk denied that Trump campaign paid them, contrary to FEC data  —  A House Judiciary Committee hearing headlined by pro-Trump video-bloggers Diamond and Silk quickly devolved into yelling …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
A look at the future of Hulu, which, sources say, is nearing 20M subscribers, up 18% in 4 months aided by Handmaid's Tale and Live TV  —  As season 2 of the reigning Emmy champ debuts and the streaming service once nicknamed “Clown Co.” now nears 20 million subscribers …
Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg:
Facebook CTO says only verified accounts will be allowed to pay for political ads in the UK and users will be able to view all promotions paid for by a campaign  —  Social network's CTO makes promises to British lawmakers  —  Facebook Inc. said it will make sure political ads on its platform …
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
EU lawmakers, member states strike preliminary deal to make streaming platforms finance production of local content in proportion to revenues in the country  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU lawmakers and member states on Thursday struck a preliminary deal that will allow countries …
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