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11:20 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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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:
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
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
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
Bloomberg:
Procter & Gamble's chief brand officer blasts digital media for fraud, privacy breaches, and harmful content, calls for a uniform way to ID individual consumers  —  - Consumer products giant says ‘brand safety’ is getting worse  — P&G will buy ads on platforms that can guarantee safe content
Bloomberg:
Sources: YouTube has introduced two new internal metrics in the past two years: total time spent on site and the murkier “quality watch time”  —  YouTube is changing the way it measures success on the world's biggest video site following a series of scandals.
Mark Paul / The Irish Times:
A new Australian online subscription-based investigative journalism platform that will operate as part of news service Crikey receives €1.27M in backing  —  Reports say O'Reilly and investor John Fairfax have put up 2m AUD for new venture  —  Cameron O'Reilly, the eldest son …
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.
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
A look at Facebook's transparency tool that shows a user which advertisers used a contact list with information about that specific user  —  On Facebook under Settings, there's a page in the Ads section where you can view your Ad Preferences.  Most of this is fairly straightforward …
 
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Researchers for BMO Capital Markets say Fox News full-day linear TV ratings fell 19% in Q1, but note Fox Nation streaming is beating expectations
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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
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
Discussion: 9to5Mac