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5:05 PM ET, April 18, 2019

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Washington Post:
Sources: National Enquirer and two sister publications are being sold for $100M to James Cohen, CEO of Hudson News, known for its airport newsstands  —  The supermarket tabloid, along with two sister publications, will be purchased by the head of the travel retailer known for its airport newsstands …
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
A marketer discovered Barstool Sports used his cartoon monster on Snapchat, tried to barter for promotion instead of payment, then filed a DMCA takedown request  —  Another content creator was forced to file a DMCA takedown request after Barstool swiped its content.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Both newspaper chains and digital media face a liquidity crisis as M&A talks continue; Bustle's Bryan Goldberg compares media to Florida real estate in 2010  —  Newspaper company CEOs will be the first to tell you a new round of consolidation won't solve their problems.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook permanently bans far-right individuals and groups, like the British National Party, the English Defence League, and Britain First  —  Number of organisations and individuals permanently banned for being ‘dangerous’  —  Facebook has permanently banned a number of far-right organisations …
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
A NYT story on Bernie Sanders and a think tank prompted criticism of NYT reporters on Twitter and questions about their interview of the think tank leader's mom  —  The relationship between Bernie Sanders supporters and the Hillary Clinton camp was famously bitter during the 2016 presidential campaign …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Amazon Music launches an ad-supported tier for Alexa-enabled devices in the US, allowing users to listen to Amazon Music's top playlists and stations for free  —  Amazon Music today basically soft-launched its free streaming tier, in which U.S. customers of its Alexa voice assistant …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
A senior exec at an ML company that has worked with Sky News says AI can help newsrooms become more efficient, automating tasks like transcription  —  Journalists have “nothing to fear” from artificial intelligence, according to a leading media technology expert who has worked with Sky News.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Mueller investigators that her comments to media saying FBI agents lost confidence in Comey were “not founded on anything”  —  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged to investigators with special counsel Robert Mueller's team …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
The NYT's Shanghai-based technology reporter Paul Mozur says he was constantly followed by Chinese authorities while on assignment in Kashgar  —  Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together.
 
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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
WaPo's publication of the Starr Report online, days after the outlet launched its digital politics section, was an early example of the efficacy of online news
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Money magazine will end its print edition after the June issue and become online-only following a failed sale attempt by Meredith
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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
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
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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
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