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1:30 AM ET, April 27, 2019


 Top News: 
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Correspondent's first US hire, Zainab Shah, tells how messaging moved away from “building a US office” amid fundraising; she wasn't shown a current budget  —  “They're really good at the PR thing, and it really feels like gaslighting.  They were like, 'Well …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Trump called Rupert Murdoch to complain about Jeanine Pirro's suspension; one Fox source says execs are worried Fox & Friends may be next to lose ads  —  When advertisers rebelled at outrage anchors like Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson, Trump called Lachlan's daddy, Rupert Murdoch, to keep them on the air.
Nathan McAlone / INSIDER:
MoviePass rival Sinemia files for bankruptcy, says it can't cover the legal costs of dealing with multiple pending lawsuits and FTC's investigation against it  —  - The MoviePass competitor Sinemia filed for bankruptcy in Delaware and said it was shutting down US operations.
Discussion: Business Insider and Boxoffice
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Filing: Amazon has spent $1.7B on video and music content in Q1 2019, up 13% YoY  —  KEY POINTS  — Amazon disclosed for the first time its total video and music expense in its quarterly filing on Friday.  — In the first quarter, Amazon spent $1.7 billion on video and music content …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
FT owner Nikkei has acquired a majority stake in Singapore-based financial news site DealStreetAsia; sources say the deal valued DealStreetAsia at $5M-$10M  —  It's official: Nikkei, the Japanese media firm that owns the FT, has confirmed that it has acquired Singapore-based new media startup Deal Street Asia.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Luminary says it removes all links from podcast show notes, which are often used for monetization, due to “security concerns associated with links”  —  I know what you're thinking: Another story on Luminary?  Well, they keep making news.  Start here if you want some background …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
A look at funding of nonprofit news sites: philanthropists are giving more, some larger sites like ProPublica build cushions, and many smaller sites scrounge  —  Some 200 nonprofit websites are hustling to keep state and city governments honest.  Many are succeeding.
Rich Juzwiak / Jezebel:
Artists like Justin Bieber calling for positive coverage when faced with criticism evince a disregard for free speech while benefiting from massive platforms  —  It's been a rough week to be a star, and a rough week to be someone who listens to what stars have to say.  At least, that's what social media tells me.
Washington Post:
Study: YouTube recommended a video by RT on the Mueller report, which called journalists conspiracy theorists, 400,000+ times; YouTube disputes the numbers  —  When the report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III came out last week, offering the most authoritative account yet …
Samit Sarkar / Polygon:
Avengers: Endgame breaks records in Thursday US/Canada screenings, grossing $60M; Disney estimates international sales so far of $305M, with $154.5M from China  —  Here are the other box office records it may set this weekend  —  Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame is already putting …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Filing: Comcast chairman Brian Roberts' pay rose to $35M in 2018, up from $32.5M in 2017; NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke's pay fell to $39.9M from $46.5M in 2017  —  Comcast chairman-CEO Brian Roberts saw a bump in his total compensation for 2018 while NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke's haul declined by more than $6 million last year.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CEO Jim Spanfeller says G/O Media, made up of Gizmodo and the Onion, has no layoff plans, isn't planning to close properties, and is seeking a 2nd office, in LA  —  - How Will ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Piracy Affect Box Office?  It's an Issue but Not a Crisis, Analysts Say
Discussion: Variety
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Geoff Weiss / Tubefilter:
Vimeo launches Showcase, a toolkit allowing creators to launch portfolio sites with access controls, branded smart TV channels on Roku and Amazon Fire, and more
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Report: Instagram accounts for 19.5% of brand ad spend on Facebook, with ads in Instagram Stories contributing to a third of Instagram's total ad revenue
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sarah Sanders hosted a briefing for kids of WH press and staffers Thursday after the WH set a record Tuesday for the longest stretch without a press briefing
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
How tensions among founders built up inside The Markup, based on interviews and internal documents shared by Executive Director Sue Gardner