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1:45 AM ET, April 12, 2019

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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 …
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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
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Assange is hard to defend, but prosecuting him would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations  —  For press-freedom advocates, Julian Assange has long been a polarizing figure.  —  And his arrest Thursday in London once again ignited the seemingly endless debate:
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
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney+ will be available starting November 12 for $6.99 a month or $69.99 per year  —  - Disney announced Thursday at the company's investor day that Disney+ will be available starting on November 12 for $6.99 per month or $69 per year  — Disney has already confirmed a number …
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Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney CEO Bob Iger says he will step down in 2021 and that Disney's board has been involved in discussions about succession planning  —  Disney CEO Bob Iger said that he is definitely stepping down from his post at the company in 2021.  —  “I'm expecting my contract to expire at the end of 2021 …
Discussion: Engadget
Bloomberg:
Disney chief Bob Iger says Apple TV will probably get Disney+ and suggests he plans to stay on Apple's board despite the companies becoming streaming rivals  —  - Disney CEO Iger suggests has plans to stay on Apple's board  — New streaming service will take on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Disney says Disney+ will support 4K and HDR video, all content on Disney+ can be downloaded and viewed offline, and that the app will be on Roku, PS4, and more
New York Times:
Sources: Ron Burkle, a billionaire who runs the investment firm Yucaipa Companies, is in talks to buy National Enquirer; Burkle's representative denies talks  —  The owners of The National Enquirer are in talks to sell the tabloid to the California billionaire Ronald W. Burkle …
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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
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Report: Big3, Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league, wrote to the FCC and DOJ accusing Charter of undermining the auction process for Fox regional sports networks  —  The saga of the Fox regional sports networks (now owned by Disney, but not for much longer) has taken yet another twist.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart says it has bought Polymorph Labs and will use its technology to deliver more relevant ads to online shoppers  —  Amazon has a large and growing advertising business, but rival Walmart's own ad business is much smaller.  It's now working to change that.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Tanya Simon, a 60 Minutes veteran, is named executive editor of the program, replacing Bill Owens, who earlier replaced Jeff Fager as executive producer  —  Tanya Simon, a veteran at CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” has been named the new executive editor of the program, putting a female producer …
Discussion: The Wrap and TVNewser
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
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: Music Ally and Variety
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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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”
Discussion: NPR
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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
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