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7:45 AM ET, May 2, 2018

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Zuckerberg says Facebook won't pay annual fees to publishers, an idea floated by Murdoch, and emphasizes interest in helping news outlets sell subscriptions  —  Sorry, Rupert Murdoch: Facebook isn't a pay TV company.  —  Quick memo to Rupert Murdoch, Jonah Peretti and other media executives …
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Zuckerberg says Facebook is already ranking news organizations based on trust, will invest billions to fight fake news, remains committed to WhatsApp encryption  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Tuesday that the company has already begun to implement a system that ranks news organizations based …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook announces Clear History feature, letting users stop Facebook-collected browsing history from being associated with their account  —  It's arguably the company's biggest update since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.  —  Facebook users will soon be able to opt …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook, which relies on Republicans to advocate for minimal regulation, is bringing in advisors to investigate claims it's biased against conservative voices  —  To address allegations of bias, Facebook is bringing in two outside advisors — one to conduct a legal audit of its impact …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Sources: Wendell Jamieson, the NYT editor who resigned after an internal investigation, was accused of inappropriate behavior by at least three female employees  —  Wendell Jamieson, the metro editor whose resignation was announced by The New York Times on Monday after an internal investigation …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat is rolling out an update, previously in testing, that will sort friend communication by recency and move Stories from the friends page to Discover  —  Snapchat's redesign was a disaster.  It cratered ad views and revenue and led Snapchat's user count to actually shrink in March.
Variety:
Sources: NBC News told reporters to mention letter of support for Tom Brokaw in their reporting, raising concerns among some staffers who had issues with letter  —  On Monday, NBC News staffers received a memo with guidance from the network's standards and practices on how to handle reporting …
BBC:
BBC Afghan service reporter Ahmad Shah was shot dead by armed men on Monday, becoming the fifth BBC journalist to die in Afghanistan since the 1990s  —  A BBC reporter has been killed in the east Afghan province of Khost, on a day of attacks which left nearly 40 people dead, other journalists among them.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
GLAAD denounces Fox News host Tucker Carlson after he dedicates segment to Pulse survivor Brandon Wolf, leading to Wolf receiving death threats  —  GLAAD blasts the Fox News host for a segment criticizing Pulse nightclub survivor Brandon Wolf  —  Tucker Carlson is facing heat from GLAAD …
Manish Singh / The Outline:
Facebook has quietly ended its Free Basics program in more than six nations and territories in recent months including Myanmar and Latin American markets  —  Facebook enabled ethnic-cleansing-related hate speech in Myanmar; many died and thousands fled.  Rather than take responsibility, it's turning away.
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
The Weinstein Company declares Lantern Capital is the winning bidder in bankruptcy sale and turns away a late bid from Broadway producer Howard Kagan  —  Despite a last minute bid that didn't come in until the day after the polls closed, The Weinstein Co. officially declared …
Discussion: Variety, New York Times and TVWeek.com
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Sources: CBS News execs were so dismayed by WHCD this year that they considered withdrawing from future events, until WHCD said changes are being considered  —  As the power elite of Washington filed out of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday …
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PR Newswire:
Letter from The Hill's Chairman James Finkelstein to WHCA's Exec Director, explaining its decision to withdraw from future events over Michelle Wolf's comments
 
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
Filing: Sony Music has sold about half of its shares of Spotify and pledges to share proceeds with artists and distribution labels
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Disney Digital to launch an over-the-top video app for millennials, as it woos advertisers burned by YouTube
Discussion: Engadget and Broadcasting & Cable
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
In 2017, Digital First Media recorded a 17% operating margin and nearly $160M in profit, meaning parent company Alden Global may be reluctant to sell it
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Pew Research Center:
62% of US adults who think the internet has had a good impact on society cite access, speed of info, while 16% who think impact has been bad cite fake news
Discussion: TechCrunch
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism:
Flipboard's Managing Editor Gabriella Schwarz and The Lens' Editor Steve Myers are among 2019's Nieman fellows
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Overview of Twitter's video ad business, which brought in $287M+ in Q1 and over half of the company's total revenue since Q4 2017
Discussion: One Man & His Blog
Roll Call:
CQ Roll Call's Executive Editor Steve Komarow has died aged 61, following a recent accident and long illness