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1:55 PM ET, April 20, 2018

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CNNMoney:
At antitrust trial, AT&T CEO announced AT&T Watch, a $15/month streaming TV bundle without sports; service is free for cellular customers, will debut in weeks  —  Here's a different way to announce a new product — during your testimony in a federal court case.
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CNNMoney:
In court, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says Time Warner deal would help AT&T keep up with tech giants, sending content directly to viewers and improving ad sales  —  Why the AT&T-Time Warner trial matters  —  After weeks of testimony from economists, survey experts and rival executives …
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Comey memos detail Trump's idea of jailing reporters, first reported in 2017: “They spend a couple days in jail, make a new friend, and they are ready to talk”  —  The president wanted to stop leaks pouring from the White House.  —  President Donald Trump floated the idea …
CNNMoney:
Investigation: 300+ organizations' ads ran on extremist YouTube channels despite many advertisers saying they use YouTube's sensitive subject exclusion filter  —  Advocates say YouTube is collecting kids' data  —  Ads from over 300 companies and organizations — including tech giants …
theGrio:
Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca and Editorial Projects Director Patrik Henry to leave the company, which has no plans to replace either  —  The changes are upon us.  —  Where “Black women come first.”  —  It's the motto, tagline, credo and daily mantra that ESSENCE magazine …
Discussion: Folio, MediaPost and Journal-isms
Pew Research Center:
Pew: 58% in US prefer to protect the freedom to publish rather than letting government restrict false info; 56% favor tech firms restricting false information  —  But 56% support steps from technology companies, even if it means some limits on publishing and accessing information
Shoon Naing / Reuters:
Witness says a Myanmar police chief ordered officers to “trap” Reuters reporter Wa Lone by giving him secret documents; Reuters EIC calls to end the case  —  Shoon Naing, Antoni Slodkowski  —  YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar police chief ordered officers to “trap” …
Reuters:
German Supreme Court rules that ad blockers are legal, in favor of Adblock Plus, and throws out a case brought by Axel Springer  —  KARLSRUHE/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a case brought by Axel Springer seeking to ban a popular application …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Cheddar and Hulu make a deal to bring Cheddar's live linear content to Hulu Live TV, with daily news briefs and other content coming to Hulu on-demand  —  Cheddar isn't done making deals with the over-the-top streaming TV providers.  Only yesterday, news came out that Cheddar was the first digital …
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
A look at Facebook's month-long rollout of its fact-checking tool and its partners in Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, India, and Colombia  —  What started as a pilot project 16 months ago is now one of Facebook's primary weapons against fake news.  —  During his testimony to Congress last week …
Nieman Lab:
NYT executive director of retention says behind-the-scenes perspectives, early access, and exclusive content drive retention with content ideas led by editorial  —  “My team believes that by investing in the subscribers we have and making the subscription experience better and better …
 
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Douglas Busvine / Reuters:
Researchgate, which lets researchers share papers, reaches deal on copyright with Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press, Thieme; Elsevier, others hold out
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Source: Meredith rejected a $300M+ offer for Time, Fortune, Money, SI from AMI; interest in the outlets is from wealthy individuals with non-media backgrounds
Discussion: Washington Post
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Sources: Netflix has considered buying movie theaters in New York and Los Angeles; it decided not to pursue LA-based Landmark Theatres due to high price
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Michael Cohen drops libel lawsuits against BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS over publication of Steele dossier, which alleges he met with Russian operatives for Trump