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9:50 AM ET, May 1, 2017

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Jack Shafer / Politico:
The New York Times' addition of Bret Stephens follows paper's tradition of hiring opinion section columnists like Kristol and Safire for quality hate reading  —  What's that howling ricocheting through the liberal precincts?  It's only New York Times readers and writers greeting the arrival …
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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Sources: Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is in talks with private equity firm Blackstone to make a joint bid for Tribune Media, hoping to beat a Sinclair bid  —  Move follows recent lifting of cap on US TV station ownership  —  Read next … Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is in talks …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter partners with Bloomberg Media for 24/7 ad-supported live video news channel, expected to start in fall  —  New Service Comes as Social-Media Firm Fights for Video Ad Dollars  —  Twitter Inc. TWTR -0.78% has found its first partner for its push into round-the-clock streaming television: Bloomberg.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Ryan Seacrest confirmed as new co-host of “Live” with Kelly Ripa; the show will be renamed “Live with Kelly and Ryan”  —  Kelly Ripa has settled on Ryan Seacrest as the new permanent co-host of her syndicated daily morning show, which as of today is renamed “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
Abby Ohlheiser / Washington Post:
Subdued White House Correspondents' Dinner rebukes Trump's anti-media stance, pays homage to the First Amendment and virtues of journalism  —  Welcome to White House Correspondents' Association dinner night.  This year, it's going to be different.  —  That's largely because President Trump declined …
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 …
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 …
Ivana Kottasová / CNNMoney:
Sales of ebooks in US dropped 18.7% during the first nine months of 2016 and in UK dropped 17% for all of 2016, according to data from publisher associations  —  Coloring books help adults de-stress  —  Are physical books the new vinyl?  —  New data suggest that the reading public …
Azam Ahmed / New York Times:
As deaths rise for Mexican journalists and few cases get solved, with March being deadliest month to date, leaders doubt whether country still has a free press  —  TIERRA BLANCA, Mexico — The calls come often now: another body discovered, broken and left in rags, felled by bullets.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and @sonipaul
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
The New York Times and The Times-Picayune form an environmental reporting partnership focusing on the Louisiana coast and plan a documentary and 2018 conference  —  The New York Times and The Times-Picayune have joined forces on an environmental reporting project focusing on Louisiana's coastal crisis.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Comcast's NBCUniversal plans to convert its small cable channel Sprout into Universal Kids network on September 9, aiming at children 2-11  —  LOS ANGELES — In a new salvo in the children's television wars, NBCUniversal is creating its own Disney Channel.  —  Starting on Sept. 9 …
 
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
In interview, Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow discusses covering Trump's White House and his old boss, Stephen Bannon, and criticizes Fox News
Mark Scott / New York Times:
A look at how computer scientists, tech giants, and startups are using algorithms and big data to combat fake news during election season in Europe
Kieren McCarthy / The Register:
How Obama's intervention on Title II sparked hyper-partisanship at the FCC, and Ajit Pai's public stance on regulations changed as chance to be chairman opened
Discussion: Motherboard
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Interview with Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on how the service reached 700M MAUs by shipping and updating products faster, future growth prospects, more
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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
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