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1:25 PM ET, April 5, 2019


 Top News: 
Paul Karp / The Guardian:
Australia passes law penalizing content service providers and hosting services for failing to quickly remove abhorrent violent content, despite tech opposition  —  Labor supports legislation in response to Christchurch shooting that threatens jail for executives, despite media companies' concerns
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple Music has been growing at a monthly rate of 2.6% to 3%, had 28M users in US in February, compared to Spotify's 26M users and growth of 1.5% to 2%  —  Apple's music-streaming service has surpassed Spotify's in paid U.S. subscriptions yet lags its Swedish competitor globally.
Rob Williams / MediaPost:
Vogue returns to Greece after shutting down in 2012 due to the economic crisis; its 29-year-old EIC Thaleia Karafyllidou is the youngest of any Vogue title  —  This week, Vogue returned to Greece after a seven-year absence as the Mediterranean country's economy enters its third year of growth after bottoming in 2016.
Harry A. Jessell / TVNewsCheck:
Borrell report: Facebook, Google made up 70% of the $60B in local digital ad spending in 2018; TV comprised 9% of local ad spend, beating newspapers, a first  —  The social media giant and search engine now account for 70% of the $60 billion spent on digital advertising in 2018, says a new Borrell report, with Facebook leading the way.
Netflix's DVD service, with its 2.7M US subscribers, appeals not only to those with poor broadband but also to many in urban areas seeking an extensive catalog  —  (CNN)Remember when Netflix used to be a DVD-by-mail company?  Well, for 2.7 million subscribers in the US, it still is.
Discussion: FYIMusicNews
Julia Ziemer / Polis:
Google News Initiative and LSE's journalism think tank are collaborating on Journalism AI, a project to survey media usage of AI and foster AI literacy  —  Introducing Journalism AI, a collaboration between LSE's Polis and the Google News Initiative to foster literacy in newsrooms globally about artificial intelligence.
Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Amal Clooney appointed UK Foreign Office special envoy on media freedom and chair of a panel of legal experts that will propose policies to protect media  —  Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt hires human rights lawyer for journalist safety campaign  —  Amal Clooney, the international human rights lawyer …
Discussion: Press Gazette, BBC and @foreignoffice
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google pilots a row of ads on the Android TV home screen of Sony smart TVs, NVIDIA Shield TV, others; users say they cannot disable the ads  —  The Sponsored Channel pictured here is blank, but it will be an entire row of the UI.  [credit: AtHeartEngineer ]
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Snap emphasizes that its approach to privacy is different than others as it adds integrations like sharing buttons, with The Washington Post as a launch partner  —  Snap CEO Evan Spiegel wants to have it both ways: Keep Snapchat insulated from the darker sides of the internet, and also open it up to some of the rest of the web.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announce a divorce settlement that will leave him with 75% of their Amazon stock and their full stake in The Washington Post  —  In a tweet Thursday, MacKenzie Bezos said that her divorce from Jeff Bezos was finalized and that she would give her ex-husband voting control of her Amazon shares.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Conde Nast names Roger Lynch its first global CEO; Lynch was president and CEO of Pandora prior to its acquisition by Sirius XM  —  - Kate del Castillo Invests in Combate Americas as Part of MMA Franchise's $20 Million Round (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Roger Lynch has been named Condé Nast's first global CEO …
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
The Athletic apologizes to a reader for automatically deleting a comment about staff diversity on a post seeking feedback, says it's re-evaluating procedures  —  At first, a commenting system that removes comments flagged by multiple users sounds positive; theoretically …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Bumble is launching a print magazine, Bumble Mag, in partnership with Hearst as Bumble works to extend its brand beyond dating  —  Bumble is the latest digital brand to try to extend its reach through a print publication.  The dating app maker today announced the launch of Bumble Mag …
Discussion: The Drum and Adweek
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Variety and RAIN News
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