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1:45 PM ET, May 4, 2017

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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
In its effort to create TV-like content, Snap has signed original show deals with NBCUniversal, Turner, others, and is in talks with CBS and Fox, sources say  —  Snap Inc.'s ambitious effort to create television-like content has old and new media companies alike clamoring to learn …
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Snap launches Snapchat Ad Manager, which lets marketers buy targeted Snapchat ads without using Snap's sales team or ad partners  —  Snap Inc. is launching a new tool that small- and mid-size advertisers can use to buy targeted ads on the vanishing-message app and pay with a credit card.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Tronc posts a $3M net loss on a private share buyback as total revenue falls 8.1% to $366M and ad revenue falls 13.1% across its 11 papers in Q1  —  Newspaper company Tronc Inc. said a private share buyback from an outside investor in March resulted in a $3 million net loss for the firm in the first quarter.
Discussion: @lalpert1 and @craignewman
Mat Smith / Engadget:
EU accepts Amazon's offer to withdraw strong-arm clauses in e-book contracts to settle antitrust case  —  The European Commission has accepted Amazon's changes to how it sells its e-books.  Following a 2015 investigation over the retailer's anti-competitive behaviour, Amazon said back in January …
Associated Press:
Paris prosecutor's office says it has opened an investigation into whether fake news is being used to influence voting in the French election  —  PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France's presidential election (all times local):  —  The Paris prosecutor's office says it has opened …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Mic has launched a gaming vertical called Multiplayer with a staff of four, plus seven outside contributors  —  Mic is leveling up its video game coverage.  On Wednesday, the millennial publisher launched a gaming vertical called Multiplayer, part of a plan to branch out to new content areas with a $21 million round it just raised.
Seb Joseph / The Drum:
Axel Springer to stop using Google's ad server and adopt AppNexus technologies for its brands to generate ad revenue beginning 2018  —  Business Insider-owner Axel Springer will stop using Google's ad server to generate advertising revenue and switch to one built by adtech outfit AppNexus as part of a wider partnership.
Nilagia McCoy / Shorenstein Center:
Shorenstein report: to fight false news, researchers should involve more conservatives, amplify facts and collaborate with journalists, and develop shared data  —  Recent shifts in the media ecosystem raise new concerns about the vulnerability of democratic societies to fake news and the public's limited ability to contain it.
Guido Fawkes:
MP Nadhim Zahawi wins £338K in libel case against Iranian state TV channel Press TV that falsely accused him of facilitating sale of oil between ISIS and Israel  —  Guido can reveal Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi has been awarded a stunning £338,000 payout after winning a libel case against Iranian state television channel Press TV.
Discussion: @bill_cameron
D.B. Hebbard / Talking New Media:
McClatchy lost $95.6M in Q1 due to falling print ads and impairment charges; total ad revenue was $119.9M, down 12% YoY, but digital ad revenue up 11.7%  —  With revenue dear, newsroom layoffs have been reported at several McClatchy-owned papers including yesterday at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
For nearly three years, Canadian government has pursued the notes of former Motherboard editor Ben Makuch in court, affecting his job by damaging sources' trust  —  For nearly three years, our colleague and friend Ben Makuch has had the full weight of Canada's intelligence agencies …
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Joel Simon / Committee to Protect Journalists:
President Trump's lack of support for the essential role of a free press fuels deterioration of press freedom worldwide
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Pluto TV Inks Licensing Deals With Lionsgate, MGM, Warner Bros. for Library Titles
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Facebook CFO David Wehner says company's video investments “will step up after 2017”; Mark Zuckerberg says programming may eventually involve sports
Michael Calderone / HuffPost:
FBI Director James Comey tells Congressional committee that a huge part of WikiLeaks activities has nothing to do with “legitimate” newsgathering
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Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Profile of The Sun and interview with editor Tony Gallagher on political coverage, Brexit, and the papers' relationship with readers
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu launches its live TV service, Hulu With Live TV, in beta; priced at $40 a month, ABC, CBS, Fox News, ESPN, and CNN are available on it