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7:15 AM ET, April 2, 2019

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Irin Carmon / New York Magazine:
Months before The New Yorker published allegations of sexual harassment against CBS News' Jeff Fager, the Washington Post had the story but didn't publish it  —  The afternoon of March 7, 2018, was go time, or so we believed.  Inside a glass huddle room at the Washington Post …
Tom Feran / Plain Dealer:
Cleveland daily paper The Plain Dealer has laid off 14 unionized newsroom staff, mostly reporters, as part of its December announcement to cut 29 jobs  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Plain Dealer on Monday laid off 14 newsroom employees as part of a staff reduction first announced in December.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
A year after his announcement that Facebook would feature less news, Zuckerberg says he wants to create a tab to surface quality news, could pay publishers  —  The Facebook CEO floated a “news tab to surface more high-quality news,” and said he's willing to write checks to support it.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Apple tried hard to sign up The New York Times and WaPo to Apple News+, was flexible on some terms but wanted the papers' entire content offerings  —  The Times and Post resisted Eddy Cue's hard sell ("We'll make you the most-read newspaper in the world.")
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Ruth Eglash / Washington Post:
Israeli watchdog says it found a network of suspicious social media accounts meant to disrupt and influence elections on behalf of PM Netanyahu's campaign  —  JERUSALEM — When Ziv Knobler arrived at work Monday, he said, he was surprised to find an image of his Twitter account featured …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The Financial Times says it has reached 1M paying readers, with digital subscriptions accounting for 75%+ of its circulation  —  The Financial Times has reached a paying readership of 1m in a new record for the newsbrand that it says has come a year ahead of schedule and on the back of a “strong business performance”.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Tom Conrad, ex-Snap VP of product and ex-Pandora CTO, has joined mobile video startup Quibi to lead product and customer support, reporting to CEO Meg Whitman  —  Tom Conrad has joined Jeffrey Katzenberg's Quibi to lead product and customer support, becoming the latest addition …
Damon Beres / OneZero:
Q&A with Taylor Lorenz, “internet whisperer” of The Atlantic, on “artisanal” apps, not feeling bad about being on her phone 24/7, and muting notifications  —  Talking bespoke apps and ‘moon playlists’ with the tech journalist and meme whisperer … aylor Lorenz gets the internet.
Dan Reilly / Fortune:
Investigative journalist Billy Jensen and retired investigator Paul Holes are launching The Murder Squad, a podcast which will ask listeners to help solve cases  —  There's no shortage of true crime podcasts these days, but a new one debuting Monday, The Murder Squad, is trying to stand out …
Discussion: @danreilly11
Charlotte Eyre / The Bookseller:
Publisher HarperCollins has acquired exclusive global rights to publish children's books based on Netflix series “Our Planet”, which is launching this weekend  —  HarperCollins Children's Books has acquired exclusive global rights to publish children's books based on “Our Planet” …
 
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Erin Lee Carr / The Cut:
In her forthcoming memoir, documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr discusses the night her father, beloved New York Times media critic David Carr, passed away
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has filed a petition asking a US district judge to rule that grand jury material in Mueller report can be released
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Lesley McKenzie, deputy editor of C Magazine, has been named as managing editor of Variety, reporting to Editor-in-Chief Claudia Eller
Maya Kosoff / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reporters covering the ongoing aftermath of the Parkland shooting face a difficult assignment, striking the balance between editors' demands and victims' trauma
Discussion: Editor & Publisher
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Reuters:
Sources: as part of UAE's Project Raven, 9+ ex-NSA staffers helped hack phones of Al Jazeera's Chairman, a BBC Arabic host, and other journalists
Willa Paskin / Slate:
While Sean Hannity promotes “deranged” factual interpretations on Fox News, Rachel Maddow's show also indulges in conspiracy theories around Mueller and Trump
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Critics comparing Mueller coverage to that of the Iraq war have based their argument on cherry-picked examples and a false assumption about the Steele dossier
Ad Age:
ComScore's CEO Bryan Wiener and President Sarah Hofstetter step down after less than a year in those positions, citing differences with the company's board
 

 
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The House passes a TikTok divestiture bill with a longer sale deadline as part of a package of Ukraine/Israel aid bills, pressuring the Senate to vote on TikTok

Jameson Dow / Electrek:
Tesla cuts the price of its Full Self-Driving software to $8K from $12K in the US, following a price cut from $15K to $12K in September 2023

Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
President Biden signs the bill reauthorizing FISA's Section 702, extending the controversial warrantless surveillance program through 2026

 
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