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4:00 PM ET, May 2, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook, which relies on Republicans to advocate for minimal regulation, is bringing in advisers 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 …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook announces Clear History feature, letting users stop Facebook-collected browsing history from being associated with their account
Wall Street Journal:
Cambridge Analytica is shutting down, says founder of its British affiliate, following the Facebook data misuse scandal  —  Company had lost multiple clients in recent months  —  Cambridge Analytica , a data firm that worked for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign …
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 …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg's paywall, beginning Wednesday, costs $35/month, or $40/month with Businessweek subscription and events; non-subscribers can see 10 stories/month free  —  The paywall, which allows visitors to read 10 articles a month for free, includes a $39.99 option that comes with a subscription …
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
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Gabriel Sherman, who wrote a book about Roger Ailes, will write a screenplay for a Donald Trump movie, The Apprentice, produced by Amy Baer via Gidden Media  —  The film will focus on the president's rise to power.  —  Donald Trump is getting the big-screen movie treatment in a film called …
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.
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.
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
A look at year-old Tennessee Star, a conservative site that covers local and state politics, reposts content from LifeZette and Daily Caller, and hopes to grow  —  The Tennessee Star, a right-wing publication with a mainstream name, makes waves while looking to expand.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Alison Weissbrot / AdExchanger:
BBC to test audio ads for the first time, will partner with Swedish podcast platform Acast to sell ads for podcasts outside of the UK  —  The BBC is testing audio ads for the first time in its 96-year history.  —  The British broadcasting giant is partnering with podcast platform Acast …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Adweek and Mumbrella
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Condé Nast says Wired, GQ, and Bon Appetit will get streaming channels to be carried on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire; Wired channel will launch later this year
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK-based The New Statesman to launch a website covering North America, edited by Nicky Woolf, as part of a “major online expansion”
Washington Post:
Oath's Senior Director of Product Jeffrey Turner has been named Head of Ad Product at The Washington Post
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
A look at the 2018 Pulitzer-winning Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which local investors bought from Halifax Media nearly six years ago
Craig Shirley / LifeZette:
Reagan scholar and biographer Craig Shirley pens op-ed opposing Sinclair's merger with Tribune, on site co-founded by conservative personality Laura Ingraham
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
Discussion: Hits Daily Double
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
About 2,500 freelance writers who sued publishers over digital rights to their work will now begin getting part of a $9M settlement, after 17-year legal fight
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