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2:00 AM ET, April 17, 2019

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Ben Collins / NBC News:
Both Twitter and YouTube struggled again to contain the spread of conspiracy theories and Islamophobic content amid a news event, as Notre Dame burned  —  Images and videos of the flaming cathedral spread quickly across social media and were quickly seized upon to push Islamophobic narratives that have flourished in far-right politics.
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
YouTube showed a link and description of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as part of its fact checking, underneath live streams of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q1 revenue surpassed $4.52B, up 22% YoY, vs $4.50B est.; net subscriptions grew 9.6M, up 16% YoY, with 1.74M in the US and 7.86M internationally  —  - The company reported $4.52 billion, vs. $4.50 billion expected, per Refinitiv consensus estimate.
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix will test Top 10 lists of popular shows in the UK, shares data for first month of some shows: The Umbrella Academy, 45M; Triple Frontier, 52M; FYRE, 20M  —  Ben Affleck-starring ‘Triple Frontier’ Has Been Watched by 52M Households in 4 Weeks  —  Netflix is getting ready to reveal …
Wired:
Interviews with 65 current and former employees on the meltdown inside Facebook over the last 15 months as the Cambridge Analytica scandal unfolded  —  Scandals.  Backstabbing.  Resignations.  Record profits.  Time Bombs.  In early 2018, Mark Zuckerberg set out to fix Facebook.
Lydia Polgreen / HuffPost:
HuffPost is launching a membership program, HuffPost Plus, with tiers from free to premium, offering access to members-only newsletters and other features  —  From voting rights to self-care, HuffPost's stories put people before power.  Support the mission by becoming a member.
Lucia Moses / Business Insider:
Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information, says she's considering ads for things like jobs and events but remains leery of programmatic and native ads  —  - Jessica Lessin, one of Business Insider's “100 people transforming business,” started The Information based on pricey subscriptions …
Reuters:
Google has removed the popular video app TikTok from its Play Store in India to comply with a state court's directive  —  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Google has blocked access to the hugely popular video app TikTok in India to comply with a state court's directive to prohibit its downloads …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
As The New York Times launches a 5G Journalism Lab to explore storytelling possibilities, a look at how speedier mobile networks could boost newsrooms  —  If there's one thing you can count on in modern life, one truism that will never let you down, it is this: You want more Gs.
Pankaj Mishra / FactorDaily:
FactorDaily, a three-year-old longform tech journalism site in India, will end its text stories next week to focus on podcasts  —  First, the news: we are stopping our longform text stories on FactorDaily from next week.  We will, instead, concentrate on podcasts, becoming an ‘audio first’ storytelling platform.
Ren LaForme / Poynter:
A list of winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes, including Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar, the NYT, WSJ, and others  —  This post will be updated as the awards are announced.  —  The winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes were announced at Columbia University in New York City on Monday.
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Marina Fang / HuffPost:
The Capital Gazette received a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize committee for its coverage of its own newsroom shooting in which five colleagues died
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
The Wall Street Journal wins a Pulitzer Prize in the national reporting category for stories on Trump's hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal
 
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Fox Business:
Sources: CBS and Viacom have resumed their merger talks, delaying the naming of Les Moonves' replacement until the future of the company is more certain
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources say that Facebook Watch, like YouTube, will accept content from anyone; Facebook confirms it will convert Watch show pages into broader video pages
Discussion: Mashable
Eric Johnson / Recode:
PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger says the Trump administration's proposed cuts to the CPB would mainly impact PBS stations in rural areas
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
In an open letter, Schibsted follows Spotify's lead, says Apple is abusing its position as the dominant player in the app market
Discussion: VentureBeat
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vox Media acquires Epic Magazine, which has a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox and 40+ projects in production, says Epic will remain independent
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Hulu has repurchased AT&T's 9.5% stake in the business for $1.43B, giving Hulu a valuation of $15B; Disney said in November that Hulu was worth $9.26B
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Twitter removed tweets criticizing Starz's dispute with TorrentFreak, including one from journalist Mathew Ingram, at the request of the company
 

 
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Current and former T-Mobile and Verizon employees say they are receiving texts offering up to $300 to perform a SIM swap; T-Mobile says it is investigating

Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
Activision cuts entry fees for teams in its professional Call of Duty League, and will return collected fees, as the esports industry faces financial challenges

Priya Anand / Bloomberg:
Sensor Tower: Naval Ravikant and Brian Norgard's audio-focused invitation-only social app Airchat has been downloaded 30K+ times since its relaunch this month

 
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