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4:50 PM ET, April 11, 2019

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The Guardian:
Julian Assange arrested for alleged breach of bail and in connection to a US extradition warrant as Ecuador withdraws asylum after seven years  —  WikiLeaks founder's removal from London embassy brings seven-year diplomatic stalemate to an end  —  Play Video
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CNN:
First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams on Assange's case: relief that the Espionage Act wasn't used, but “some level of broader risk” still exists for journalists  —  New York (CNN Business)This debate has spanned the decade: Is Julian Assange a villainous hack working in concert …
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Ruptly, owned by Russian-backed RT, snagged the only video of Assange's arrest by continuing to record outside Ecuador's embassy as other broadcasters withdrew  —  London (CNN Business)WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hadn't been seen in public for many months before he was arrested and hauled …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
DOJ charges Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for allegedly assisting Chelsea Manning in an attempt to crack a DOD password  —  For years, it has been publicly reported that Julian Assange offered to help Chelsea Manning break into a classified computer system.
New York Times:
Sources: Ron Burkle, a billionaire with close ties to Hollywood who runs investment firm Yucaipa Companies, is in talks to buy National Enquirer  —  The owners of The National Enquirer are in talks to sell the tabloid to the California billionaire Ronald W. Burkle, according to two people with direct knowledge of the negotiations.
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The Wrap:
A spokesperson for Ron Burkle denies that he or his Yucaipa Companies firm are interested in buying National Enquirer
Discussion: Mediaite
Washington Post:
Sources: American Media Inc. is seeking to sell National Enquirer; two sources said pressure to sell came from Anthony Melchiorre of Chatham Asset Management
Max Willens / Digiday:
The Guardian, Gannett, and McClatchy are scaling back their virtual reality offerings and shifting their focus to augmented reality  —  Three years ago, The Guardian was convinced that virtual reality was about to enter the mainstream.  In Oct. 2016, the British news publisher announced …
Discussion: @rafat and VentureBeat
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: Apple paid Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Rogers Media, and KKR $100M upfront for Texture, with a $385M minimum payout for the first three years  —  After paying at least $485 million, Apple said it will shut down Texture, its online magazine subscription service …
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Actor Geoffrey Rush wins defamation suit against News Corp's Daily Telegraph in Australia following publication of a story accusing him of sexual misconduct  —  Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has won his defamation case against the News Corp.-owned newspaper Daily Telegraph in his home country of Australia.
Discussion: Press Gazette, The Wrap, CNN, ABC and Reuters
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Netflix to publish the inaugural issue of Wide, a free 100-page print journal, in June, to promote its content and stars ahead of the Emmys  —  - The journal will feature interviews with talent from shows  — Netflix has spared no expense in hunt for Hollywood honors
Kim Gamel / Stars & Stripes:
Army and Air Force Exchange Service bans news channels on TVs in food courts and other common areas in military bases due to “their divisive political nature”  —  Soldiers hoping to catch up on the news while eating lunch on Wednesday were out of luck unless they had cell phones at hand.
Discussion: NPR
Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
Disney is expected to reveal details of its Disney+ streaming service, reportedly launching in November, in a presentation to investors on Thursday  —  The entertainment giant rose to the top of Hollywood on the strength of its ability to pack movie theaters and theme parks.
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
Interview with Daniel Ek about Spotify's history, running a $25B company, Sweden's subsidies for internet and computers, Napster, his love of music, and family  —  Listen now:  —  Daniel Ek, a 23-year-old Swede who grew up on pirated music, made the record labels an offer they couldn't refuse …
Discussion: Variety and Music Ally
Spencer Feingold / Cheddar:
CEO David Zaslav says Discovery's multiyear deal with YouTube TV is for long-term growth; nine of Discovery's top brands will stream via YouTube TV  —  Discovery will bring its most popular channels to YouTube TV in a multi-year distribution deal that represents a major step …
Discussion: MediaPost and Multichannel News
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV is raising its price to $50 per month for all customers, a 25% to 43% increase depending on their existing package
 
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Interview with NYT's ad VP Allison Murphy on Project Feels, a year-old premium ad product based on the emotions that articles evoke and how it was developed
New Republic:
The New Republic names Chris Lehmann, formerly editor in chief at The Baffler, as its editor following his role as a consulting editorial director
Discussion: New York Post
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Pew Research Center:
Study: the share of US adults who say they use social media is statistically unchanged from where it stood in early 2018 despite a long stretch of controversies
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
During a hearing, Republicans led by Sen. Ted Cruz continue to say big tech companies are stifling conservative speech even as experts say no evidence exists
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Charleston, SC's Post and Courier has avoided relentless layoffs and plans to add newsroom staff due to local owners and diverse revenue sources
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
T-Mobile announces TVision Home, a rebrand of Layer3 TV, offering home TV streaming with 150+ channels for $90+/month
Wired:
Facebook rolls out multiple changes to combat the spread of disinformation: demoting untrustworthy sources in News Feed, changes to how Groups work, and more