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3:30 PM ET, April 18, 2018


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Ahead of GDPR, Facebook debuts enhanced privacy controls for all users globally, starting in EU, with more choices about ads, allowing face recognition, more  —  In recent weeks we've announced several steps to give people more control over their privacy and explain how we use data.
Erin Somers / Publishers Lunch:
Harper's Magazine Editor James Marcus says he was fired after “opposing the publication of Katie Roiphe's cover story in the March issue”  —  Subsequent to our brief note from Monday that Harper's Magazine editor James Marcus has left the publication, Marcus tells PL that he was fired …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Sources: Sean Hannity is so close to Trump some WH aides have dubbed him the “shadow” Chief of Staff, with Trump consulting the host about what he should tweet  —  The phone calls between President Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air.
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Hannity appears to have used legal services of two other Trump-linked lawyers: Victoria Toensing and Jay Alan Sekulow, who both have appeared often on his show
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Sources: Netflix plans to spend ~$1B on original productions in Europe this year, more than double what it spent last year, across multiple languages  —  Netflix will escalate its assault on European broadcasters by sharply increasing its content investment across the continent …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
After nearly 15 years, The Hill is ending its annual 50 Most Beautiful List that generated controversy and was even featured on HBO's “Veep”  —  After nearly 15 years, The Hill is bidding a beautiful bye-bye to its annual 50 Most Beautiful list.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Verizon's Oath poaches Alibaba Managing Director K. Guru Gowrappan to be COO, as Head of Media Brands Simon Khalaf - who oversaw HuffPost, others - leaves  —  Simon Khalaf is out; K. Guru Gowrappan is in.  —  Verizon is moving around top managers at Oath, its Yahoo-AOL tie-up that's supposed …
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Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
A look at The Denver Post's gilded age of sports coverage in the 1980s, as longtime columnists and reporters mourn its decline and some defect to The Athletic  —  How a hedge fund slowly unraveled one of the best sports pages in the country  —  On the sports page of The Denver Post, Jason Blevins was an oddity.
Claire L. Evans / New York Magazine:
Profile of Jaime Levy, the cyber punk publishing pioneer who created two of the most popular magazines of the 1990s, Cyber Rag and Electronic Hollywood  —  How a punk kid from L.A. created the coolest publications of the 1990s.  —  In the early '90s, Jaime Levy, a punk-rock hacker chick from Los Angeles …
The Daily Beast:
Breitbart News gave Cambridge Analytica exclusive rights to resell its engagement data in 2016, former Cambridge Analytica employee tells UK Parliament  —  A former Cambridge Analytica director has claimed that the company had exclusive access to Breitbart's engagement data.
Richard Waters / Financial Times:   Fallout from data collection scandal has not spread much beyond Facebook to include other platforms because it is hard to pinpoint harm from privacy violations
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Glynnis MacNicol / Hollywood Reporter:
Generational turnover and the rise of millennials among NY editors leads to a culture clash: “There's frankly distrust on both sides,” says HuffPost's Polgreen
Neda Ulaby / NPR:
NPR newscaster Carl Kasell dies at 84 from complications of Alzheimer's disease after a lifelong career on air