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5:45 AM ET, April 3, 2019

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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.
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)
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Sources: YouTube execs ignored internal warnings, concerns about the spread of toxic videos, and proposals to change recommendations, in favor of engagement  —  A year ago, Susan Wojcicki was on stage to defend YouTube.  Her company, hammered for months for fueling falsehoods online …
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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  —  NEW DELHI — Facebook and Instagram removed more than 800 political pages, accounts, and groups in India and Pakistan for spreading misinformation …
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.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Interview with Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott on the network's new streaming service, controversies with hosts including Tucker Carlson, and more  —  Suzanne Scott sits atop the most watched operation in cable news, and easily the most controversial.  She has managed to keep out of the spotlight during …
Discussion: Mediaite
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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 …
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 …
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
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  —  In the feverish heyday of the “birther movement,” conspiracy-hungry readers swarmed to a website called WorldNetDaily for the latest …
Discussion: Raw Story
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  —  The children of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have received million-dollar houses in the kingdom and monthly five-figure payments …
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Lee C. Bollinger / Washington Post:
Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, says the US could initiate a federal investigation and prosecution over Jamal Khashoggi's murder
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
WhatsApp debuts a fact-checking tip line in India to combat fake news, will work with startup Proto to help review text, photos, links, and video sent by users  —  WhatsApp has launched its next weapon in the fight against misinformation on its platform in India: a tip line to which you can send forwards …
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  —  For the people contracted by Facebook to clamp down on fake news and misinformation, doubt hangs over them every day.  Is it working?
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.
Discussion: @thecityny
 
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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
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
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK Government launches a parliamentary sub-committee to investigate “ongoing threats” to democracy posed by fake news
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
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Joe Otterson / Variety:
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have acquired the TV rights to journalist Susan Orlean's non-fiction bestseller “The Library Book”
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 and Talking Biz News
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
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
Peter Kafka / Recode:
A year after his announcement that Facebook would feature less news, Zuckerberg says he wants to create a tab to surface quality news, could pay publishers