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7:10 PM ET, April 29, 2017

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hacker leaks stolen “Orange Is the New Black” season 5 episodes after Netflix failed to pay ransom; Netflix says a production vendor was compromised  —  An anonymous hacker has carried through on a threat to release “Orange Is the New Black” season five episodes online …
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Reuters:
Trump says he would attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner next year  —  He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is.  —  President Donald Trump on Thursday reflected on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House.
The Guardian:
Turkey blocks Wikipedia under law designed to protect national security  —  Users trying to access online encyclopaedia via Turkish internet providers receive ‘connection timed out’ error message … Turkey has blocked Wikipedia, the country's telecommunications watchdog said on Saturday …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Milo Yiannopoulos says he has raised $12M from undisclosed investors to form a media company, Milo Inc., and plans to build a 30-person team in Miami  —  “This isn't some vanity nameplate on a personal blog,” he said of Milo, Inc, his new company that has anonymous backers.
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: the Murdochs are searching for a new head of Fox News, with a preference for a female executive  —  The company has quietly put out feelers for a possible new head of Fox News with the preference, say sources, that it be a woman.  —  The Murdochs may be preparing for a leadership change at Fox News.
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Alex Heath / Business Insider:
CEO of WPP, the world's largest advertising group, says the company plans to spend $200M on Snapchat ads in 2017, after spending $96M in 2016  —  The CEO of the world's largest advertising group, WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell, said his firm plans to spend $200 million on Snapchat in 2017 during …
Time Inc.:
Time Inc.'s board says they have evaluated sale offers and decided not to sell the company, and will back the management team's original plan instead  —  Time Inc. President and CEO Rich Battista stated, “Time Inc. is a reinvigorated company uniquely positioned to succeed …
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Variety:
Chris Dodd stepping down as head of the MPAA, will be replaced by Charles Rivkin, Obama's former assistant secretary of state for economic and business affairs  —  Chris Dodd is stepping down as head of the Motion Picture Association of America, Variety has confirmed.
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Report: Content recommendation companies Taboola and Outbrain are in advanced merger talks; combined company would be valued at $1B+  —  Taboola and Outbrain, two content recommendations companies that employ roughly 500 people, were formed the same year (2006) and have each raised substantial sums …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Publishers Association says sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17% last year to £204M, the lowest level since 2011  —  Consumer sales down to £204m last year and are at lowest level since 2011 - when Amazon Kindle sales first took off in UK  —  Britons are abandoning the ebook …
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Imran Amed / The Business of Fashion:
Q&A with Anna Wintour, American Vogue editor-in-chief, on the future of the industry as technology challenges traditional media
Discussion: Adweek
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop teams with Conde Nast to create a new print magazine; Paltrow and her team are working directly with Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour
Discussion: The Guardian
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Inside BuzzFeed's 12-person affiliate commerce team, which operates under the company's Entertainment umbrella that reports to Ze Frank, not News head Ben Smith
Discussion: @heyveronica and Cision
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Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
The Washington Post is pitching Zeus, its proprietary tech product that serves ads in two seconds or less, to other publishers like Tronc and The Globe and Mail
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Facebook identifies efforts to falsely amplify content and sentiment using fake accounts, as seen in US election, improves detection using patterns of activity