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7:00 PM ET, April 17, 2017


 Top News: 
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Bustle acquires Elite Daily from Daily Mail for an undisclosed sum and rebrands to Bustle Digital Group  —  - Bustle has acquired Elite Daily, a millennial site, from Daily Mail.  — The deal was a mix of cash and stock.  The exact amount was undisclosed but seems to be less …
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Interview with the reporter who broke a story on Chechnya's recent anti-gay purges and considers fleeing Russia after 15K people in Chechnya allegedly vow jihad  —  Novaya Gazeta is no stranger to hostility and controversy.  The crusading Russian newspaper is known for powerful investigations …
Jonathan Tilove / Austin American-Statesman:
In custody court case dispute, Alex Jones' lawyer says the talk-show host is a “performance artist” playing a character on Infowars  —  Highlights  —  Alex Jones and his ex-wife, Kelly, will be locked in a child custody trial the next two weeks in Austin.
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Several hours passed before Facebook removed a video of a murder shared on the social network  —  Facebook took posts down hours later  —  A Cleveland man is at large after reportedly killing someone and uploading the footage to Facebook.  The video appears to show a man identified by police …
Brian McGrory /
Memo from Boston Globe Editor-in-Chief Brian McGrory on how the publication plans to retool the newsroom to support both digital and print  —  A dedicated group of Boston Globe staff has spent much of the past year examining our digital and print report, talking with colleagues throughout the newsroom …
Discussion: Media Nation
Rachel Stockman / LawNewz:
Glenn Beck countersues Tomi Lahren, claiming she mistreated staff, offended the Blaze audience, and made public appearances without prior approval  —  Glenn Beck, and his conservative network, The Blaze, have filed a counter lawsuit against firebrand conservative news personality Tomi Lahren …
Eric Johnson / Recode:
Interview with Axios co-founder Mike Allen on making the transition from Politico and writing for a much broader audience now  —  “When they're fighting a fight, when they're in the war, then they need to explain themselves more than ever."  —  Even before President Trump took office …
Discussion: @pkafka, @danprimack and @joshluger
Casey Newton / The Verge:
How Facebook's shifting priorities and inferior monetization options for Instant Articles are leading some big publishers to abandon the format  —  Facebook's Instant Articles promised to transform journalism — but now big publishers are fleeing  —  Inside Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters …
Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed:
How Zuckerberg has polished his image to win people over, beginning with greater use of personal FB posts in 2015 and culminating in his current US talking tour  —  Until recently  —  , Mark Zuckerberg's most iconic public appearance may have been the image of the young startup founder sweating through …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Great local reporting remains alive in a dying newspaper industry, but employment trends show it urgently needs support  —  In only 15 years, American newspaper companies slashed their workforces by more than half — from 412,000 employees in 2001 to 174,000 last year.
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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Netflix reports $2.64B in Q1 revenue, nets 3.53M new international members vs 3.71M expected and 1.42M domestic vs 1.56M expected
Matthew Balan / Mediaite:
Gabe Sherman: Rupert Murdoch wants to keep Bill O'Reilly, but his sons, especially James, want to fire the host and move on
Discussion: TVNewser
Eric Retzlaff / Leader Herald:
Mel Rulison, a newspaper delivery man for the Leader-Herald in upstate New York, is retiring after 57 years, having delivered an estimated 5M newspapers
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Catalina Albeanu /
Fang Wang, senior duty editor for FT Chinese, describes censorship challenges in China and how the Great Firewall continues to evolve
Discussion: Forbes
Mike Caulfield:
Facebook's “Tips to Spot False News” are too generic, time-consuming, dated, and focus on easily gamed information on questionable sites
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Profile of Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman, who met as young tabloid reporters, worked together at Politico, and are finally reunited at the NYT