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5:30 PM 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.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Interviews with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and employees shed light on her stewardship and what has been a difficult year so far, with a myriad of scandals  —  Even by the nightmarish standards of the empire she oversees, Susan Wojcicki, the chief executive officer of YouTube, has had a dreadful start to 2019.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
In covering the Mueller report, which is being released Thursday, journalists must learn from the mistakes of last month and resist urges to simplify the story  —  It's certainly possible that the news media will do a nuanced, accurate job Thursday of helping citizens understand the redacted version of the Mueller report.
David Ng / Los Angeles Times:
WGA says it is suing the four main talent agencies in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming the widespread use of packaging fees violates state and federal laws  —  The Writers Guild of America said it is suing the four main talent agencies over a practice the union says is harmful to the interests of its members.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: filming for DC Universe's Swamp Thing is cut to 10 episodes from the original 13 as parent company WarnerMedia plans its own, larger streaming platform  —  Three episodes of the drama, set to premiere May 31 on the streaming platform.  —  Swamp Thing is going to spend a bit less time in the swamp.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sony Pictures Television has signed a first-look deal with writing platform Wattpad, plans to work with the company to identify and develop popular stories  —  Sony Pictures Television will comb through Wattpad's 500 million stories for the next potential breakout entertainment property.
Discussion: MediaPost, TechCrunch and The Wrap
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Alden Global Capital, the hedge fund trying to take over Gannett, is facing a federal probe after moving employee pension savings into its own accounts  —  Alden Global Capital, a prominent hedge fund that controls more than 100 local newspapers, moved nearly $250 million of employee pension savings …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Paul Pope, son of National Enquirer founder Generoso Pope Jr., says he has dropped plans to buy back the magazine as it is not salvageable  —  Paul Pope, son of National Enquirer founder Generoso Pope Jr., says he will drop plans to purchase the tabloid from its current owner, American Media Inc. …
Discussion: New York Post and @levinejonathan
Kristen Chick / Columbia Journalism Review:
World Press Photo disinvites Andrew Quilty from its awards ceremony after claims of inappropriate behavior; Quilty says no allegations were made known to him  —  The World Press Photo Foundation disinvited an award-winning photographer from its annual awards ceremony Thursday following allegations of …
Discussion: @kristenchick
James Stavridis / TIME:
The Pentagon has not held a press briefing in over 300 days, a move which will sow mistrust in the local and international community, says ex-Nato commander  —  For about six months now, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has used her briefing room so little that officials might …
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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
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
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Universal Music Group says it is working with podcast production company Wondery on audio stories that could later be developed into films or TV shows  —  Universal Music Group says it is working with podcast production firm Wondery on audio stories that could later be developed into films or TV shows.
Discussion: RAIN News
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
Velocidad, a new startup accelerator aimed at digital media companies, has launched in Latin America with $1.5M from an Omidyar-backed philanthropy group  —  New accelerator Velocidad will support 10 innovative projects to build resilient business models with $1.5m USD in grants
BuzzFeed News:
Investigation finds six Android apps from DU Group, a major Chinese developer, that have been committing large-scale ad fraud and abusing user permissions  —  A host of popular Android apps from a major Chinese developer, including a selfie app with more than 50 million downloads …
 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook adds fact-checking partners: CheckYourFact.com, a for-profit unit of The Daily Caller, and Sciencefeedback.co, a not-for-profit focused on science
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Instead of attending this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, Trump is going to a rally for his supporters in Wisconsin
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
NBCUniversal signs long-term ad deal with the LA 2028 Olympics organizing group and commits to helping them meet their goal of raising $2.5B in sponsorship
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Adweek
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with HBO's Bob Greenblatt and Casey Bloys on genre expansion, HBO's development approach, and how its programming fits into the Warner streaming platform
Discussion: Observer
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
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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
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: James Murdoch wants to use some of his proceeds from the sale of 21st Century Fox to invest in comic book publisher Artists, Writers and Artisans
Wired:
Interviews with 65 current and former employees on the meltdown inside Facebook over the last 15 months as the Cambridge Analytica scandal unfolded
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
 

 
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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of CrowdStrike, founded in 2011 and used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500; Gartner: CrowdStrike has ~15% of the global security software market

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
The UK and US announce the arrest of a 17-year-old boy from Walsall, UK, suspected of being connected to the ransomware attack against MGM Resorts in 2023

 
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