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12:30 PM ET, April 3, 2019

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New York Times:
First of a three-part series on Rupert Murdoch and his empire, examining how it has influenced global events for decades and his family's internal divisions  —  1. ‘I LOVE ALL OF MY CHILDREN’  —  Rupert Murdoch was lying on the floor of his cabin, unable to move.
Bloomberg:
Singapore introduces a bill that requires sites to take down fake news and intends to impose criminal sanctions against those who spread falsehoods  —  - Breaches risk fines of up to S$1 million, 10 years in jail  — Falsehoods undermine democracy, institutions, minister says
The City:
THE CITY, a new independent nonprofit news outlet focused on New York City, goes live with funding from Craig Newmark, Knight Foundation, and others  —  Welcome to THE CITY!  —  We're an independent, nonprofit news outlet dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Sources: more than 200,000 people subscribed to Apple News+ in its first 48 hours, more than Texture had at its peak  —  Executives have been burned by their previous dealings with big tech companies.  But Apple's promise of a billion devices worldwide was too good to pass up.  Even for Rupert Murdoch.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS News refuses to confirm reports that Bianna Golodryga, the co-host of “CBS This Morning” has left, after she didn't appear on the show for two days  —  Bianna Golodryga, a co-host of “CBS This Morning,” has not appeared on the program for two days in a row …
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Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Sources: Bianna Golodryga, who joined “CBS This Morning” as a co-anchor less than six months ago, has been cut from the show by Susan Zirinsky
Steve Beatty / Newspack:
WordPress has announced which 12 newsrooms it will work with on its business platform Newspack, including The Lens and The Hechinger Report  —  WordPress.com has chosen the 12 newsrooms that will help shape Newspack, the core business platform for small and medium-sized news organizations.
Discussion: @pesmou, Thanks:@markarms
Ted Johnson / Variety:
DOJ warns the group behind the Oscars that potential rule changes limiting the eligibility of Netflix and other streaming services could raise antitrust issues  —  - Justice Department Warns Academy Over Potential Oscar Rule Changes Threatening Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Memo: Guardian aims to hit 2M readers supporting it financially by its 200th anniversary in 2022, says it has reduced its costs by 20% over last three years  —  Company says it remains on track to break even  —  The Guardian has set a target to attract 2 million paying supporters in the next three years …
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott:
Microsoft closes the Microsoft Store's book category, offering full refunds on ebook purchases and a $25 credit to those who annotated their ebooks  —  I guess the only surprise here is when this would happen.  But Microsoft is indeed shutting down the ebook functionality in its Edge web browser and in the Microsoft Store.
Wall Street Journal:
A look at the five different streaming races within TV: streaming TV hubs and hardware, free/ad-supported, and more  —  In the U.S., Silicon Valley and media titans are competing in categories from subscription entertainment to hardware to online-TV bundles  —  Apple Inc. has entered the streaming-television arena.
Joe Mayes / Bloomberg:
Sources: the BBC is moving some of its broadcast licenses to the Netherlands so it can keep broadcasting across the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit  —  - No-deal threat said to inspire shift of EU broadcast licenses  — Channels affected transmit BBC Studios content across Europe
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
eBay says it will shut down its third-party ad network, eBay Commerce Network, on May 1 as it shifts focus to other advertising efforts like affiliate marketing  —  As eBay continues to restructure its business, it's shuttering one of the efforts it had made to expand its commercial footprint outside …
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
MNG Enterprises has asked Gannett's shareholders to back its bid for control of the company by supporting MNG's nominees for the board of directors  —  A hedge fund-owned newspaper company is asking shareholders of Gannett Co. to vote for its nominees to Gannett's board of directors …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Two female Walt Disney Studios employees are suing Disney over alleged gender pay discrmination and unlawful employment policies  —  LOS ANGELES — A law firm that has battled companies like Intel and Farmers Insurance over unequal pay for female employees is now taking on the Walt Disney Company.
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
CNN will broadcast the second 2020 Democratic primary debate that will be held in Detroit on July 30 and July 31  —  The second 2020 Democratic primary debate will be held in Detroit on July 30 and 31, the Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday.  —  The debate, which CNN will broadcast …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
A series of hugely influential ad campaigns on Facebook urging for a no-deal Brexit are being co-ordinated by a single lobbying company  —  Exclusive: ‘grassroots’ groups that spent up to £1m on targeted Facebook ads share administrator who works for lobbying firm
Discussion: @ianclucas
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
IFPI Global Music Report 2019: streaming music revenue grew 34% YoY to 47%, driven by paid streaming, which now accounts for 37% of total global music revenue  —  Sales of CDs continue to fall as fans turn to Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music  —  Global music revenues grew at the fastest rate …
 
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New York Magazine:
New York Magazine's Noreen Malone is promoted to editorial director and Genevieve Smith to features director
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
Scribd launches Scribd Originals, a new long-form program with original content featuring notable authors such as Roxane Gay and Garrett Graff
Discussion: Publishers Weekly and TechCrunch
Mark Fallon / New York Times:
Former NCIS agent says law that requires federal employees to submit their writings to the government for prepublication review violates First Amendment rights
Dave Lee / BBC:
Sources: Facebook put a monthly payment cap in place in 2019 for agencies working on its fact-checking initiative typically for 40 articles per month per agency
Julie Mcmahon / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Lorraine Branham, dean of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications and former newspaper journalist for 25 years, dies after cancer battle
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Interviews and documents indicate WorldNetDaily, a right-wing conspiracy site and book publisher, faces unpaid bills, falling revenue, and shrinking readership
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Sources: Jamal Khashoggi's children have received homes worth millions in Saudi Arabia and pay of $10,000+/month as compensation for their father's death
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK Government launches a parliamentary sub-committee to investigate “ongoing threats” to democracy posed by fake news
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Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook says it removed over 800 Indian and Pakistani Pages, accounts, and Groups for spreading misinformation and propaganda, ahead of India's election
Hollywood Reporter:
SEC filing: AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron's pay rose to $9.5M in 2018, up from $7.4M in 2017
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Skift, which covers the business of travel, promotes veteran business journalist Tom Lowry to editor-in-chief
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Janine Gibson, who left her role as editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News UK in January, has joined the Financial Times as special projects editor
Discussion: Digiday
Tom Feran / Plain Dealer:
Cleveland daily paper The Plain Dealer has laid off 14 unionized newsroom staff, mostly reporters, as part of its December announcement to cut 29 jobs