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1:00 PM ET, April 25, 2018

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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix orders one of its first shortform series, Follow This, a weekly docuseries following BuzzFeed News journalists as they work, premiering July 9  —  The shortform series will follow the journalists at BuzzFeed News as they report a variety of stories.
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Reporters without Borders has released its annual press freedom report-card and the US is ranked 45th in the world; Philippines slid to #133 and Turkey to #157  —  Last weekend, as Nicaragua's police brutally cracked down on protesters demonstrating against President Daniel Ortega …
New York Times:
Danish inventor Peter Madsen convicted of murdering journalist Kim Wall; court heard how he invited her on to his submarine with the intention of killing her  —  COPENHAGEN — A Danish inventor who admitted to dismembering a journalist and discarding her body from the submarine he built …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Report: billionaire investor Peter Thiel agrees with Gawker administrator to withdraw bid for the website and its archives  —  Peter Thiel won't be buying Gawker after all.  —  The billionaire investor who helped bankrupt the once-mighty gossip empire reached an agreement Wednesday …
Justin Baragona / Contemptor:
Infosec expert for Joy Reid says significant evidence exists that her old blog was compromised and some recently circulated posts were not on site at any time  —  Earlier this week, Mediaite published a bombshell report on the discovery of a large number of homophobic posts that had been discovered …
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Chris Butler / Internet Archive Blogs:
Wayback Machine says it declined to take down “fraudulent” blog posts after Joy Reid's lawyers contacted archive; robots.txt later excluded blog from archives
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
The Guardian halves its losses to £19M in the year to the end of March and is on track to break even in 2018  —  Publisher reports smaller than expected loss of £19m as benefits of tabloid switch filter through  —  The publisher of the Guardian and Observer halved its losses …
Discussion: @helenpidd
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Viacom says it is working with Snap on multiyear original content and ad deal that would include Snapchat influencers in new and existing shows  —  Viacom and Snapchat are working together to create new shows that would star top Snapchat stars.  —  In a multiyear original content …
Discussion: @kerrymflynn
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Reuters:
Viacom Q2 earnings: revenues fell 3.3% to $3.15B with domestic affiliate revenue falling 4% to $934M
Discussion: The Wrap and The Wrap
Chronicle of Higher Education:
Drew Cloud, an “expert” on student loans quoted by WaPo, CNBC, and The Boston Globe, is a fictitious persona created by a student finance company  —  Drew Cloud is everywhere.  The self-described journalist who specializes in student-loan debt has been quoted in major news outlets …
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Comcast makes £22B bid for British broadcaster Sky, at £12.50 a share, sparking a bidding war with 21st Century Fox and Disney  —  The US cable behemoth Comcast has declared a bidding war with 21st Century Fox and Disney for control of Sky by making a formal bid for Britain's dominant pay-TV operator.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Memo: staff in The Wall Street Journal's editing operation have been asked to reapply for their jobs following reorganization  —  Jason Anders, chief news editor at The Wall Street Journal, and Steve Wisnefski, editor of professional news, sent out the following message to the staff on Tuesday:
Discussion: @michellemanafy and @moorehn
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Podcasting startup Castbox raises $13.5M Series B led by SIG China and says it has doubled its user base to 15M since October 2017  —  Podcasting startup Castbox has announced a fresh $13.5 million round of funding via a series B round led by SIG China, with participation from IDG Capital, Qiming Venture Partners, and GSR Ventures.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Some YouTube thumbnails depicted bestiality, now pulled; YouTube says monitoring tech missed because bestiality thumbnails may lack signals of typical porn  —  There is bestiality on YouTube, and it's surprisingly easy to find.  It's also surprisingly prevalent, but not in videos …
 
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Ina Fried / Axios:
Oath, which owns Yahoo and AOL, is changing its terms of service to force users to give up their class action lawsuit rights in the US
Mark Anderson / Sacramento Business Journal:
McClatchy's Sacramento Bee announces plans to lay off or buy out 14 editorial staffers and eight working on production and copy desk, effective in early May
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Sinclair revises plan for Tribune deal, would sell 23 TV stations, keep New York's WPIX, sell but operate Chicago's WGN, end up with 215 stations in 102 markets
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches a redesigned mobile app for its free users that lets them listen on-demand to any song on one of 15 personalized discovery playlists
Wall Street Journal:
Some ad tech firms worry EU's GDPR will just increase market share for Facebook and Google, but EU's Věra Jourová doubts that will be an effect of the law
Owen Jones:
Journalism is one of the most socially exclusive professions in Britain, concentrated in one of the world's most expensive cities, and it must change
Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Sources: Bloomberg is planning to erect a paywall on its site, possibly as soon as next month