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6:10 AM ET, April 10, 2019

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Ted Johnson / Variety:
YouTube has disabled comments on a livestream of the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on hate crimes because it was generating too much hate speech  —  WASHINGTON — YouTube has disabled the commenting function on a livestream of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on hate crimes …
Joseph Kieta / @josephkieta:
[Thread] Fresno Bee and McClatchy say lawsuit by Nunes is an attack on local journalism and a “misuse of the judicial system”, claim CA is proper venue for suit  —  Statement from @FresnoBee and @mcclatchy:We understand that @devinnunes filed a lawsuit yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia, claiming defamation against McClatchy, based on a story published by his hometown news source, The Fresno Bee. A thread ...
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
After suing Twitter, Rep. Devin Nunes is suing McClatchy and others for alleged defamation, referring to a McClatchy-owned Fresno Bee article, seeks $150M
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Former 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan will start a three-month assignment on May 1 as a special correspondent for Sinclair covering the US-Mexico border  —  Logan's hiring adds to recent moves by Sinclair that hint at the company's national news ambitions outside of the journalism produced by its local TV stations.
Lauren Easton / Associated Press:
AP announces it will expand its fact checking of false and misleading information that appears on Facebook, now also vetting video and Spanish-language content  —  The Associated Press announced today it will expand its robust efforts to debunk false and misleading information …
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
YouTube says it will begin developing choose-your-own-adventure-style shows under a new unit, following the success of Netflix's “Bandersnatch” and others  —  - Video site is steering program dollars into new technology  — Company to announce new slate of shows next month in New York
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Sources: Netflix is in talks to buy the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, which would be its first brick and mortar theater acquisition  —  EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is in preliminary talks with American Cinematheque to buy the venerable Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
Luminary, a paid audio content app, plans to roll out on April 23, will cost $8/month with its exclusive shows being ad-free  —  Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts.  This is issue 203, published April 9, 2019.  —  Luminary to launch at the end of the month.
Discussion: Hot Pod News
Itay Hod / The Wrap:
Kate Ward, Bustle Digital Group's founding editor in chief, announces she's leaving the company after six years  —  Bustle founder and editor-in-chief Kate Ward is leaving the company after six years.  —  “In 2013, I joined a start-up in the hopes of creating a new digital publication …
Discussion: @katewardbustle
Fast Company:
Q&A with J.J Abrams on his deal with Apple and his production company Bad Robot, which is exploring storytelling through films, TV, movie-related games, more  —  J.J. Abrams, one of Hollywood's most successful and prolific TV creators and filmmakers (Lost, Alias, Cloverfield, Star Trek) …
Discussion: io9, IndieWire, /Film and The Playlist
Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
Brooklyn-based online news site Bklyner is producing a free print compilation of its best stories about once a month, supported in part by local advertisers  —  Last Thursday, at 8:30am in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, Liena Zagare, editor of the hyperlocal news site Bklyner …
Discussion: @bklyner
Zheping Huang / South China Morning Post:
Tencent leads game streaming in China after Panda TV shuts down; China's streaming market, the world's biggest, is expected to reach $16.5B in revenues by 2022  —  China is home to the world's biggest live streaming user base, with industry revenue expected to grow to US$16.5 billion by 2022 …
 
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Roy J. Harris Jr / Poynter:
A look at the reporting projects that could win the 2019 Pulitzers being announced next week, based on this season's award winners so far
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Aliya Iftikhar / Columbia Journalism Review:
Rising Kashmir editor Syed Shujaat Bukhari's murder remains unsolved after 10 months, perpetuating a climate of fear and censorship among Kashmiri journalists
Carolyn Giardina / Hollywood Reporter:
NAB CEO Gordon Smith has called on tech companies including Apple to embed broadcast chips in smartphones to enable broadcasting without a cell network
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Louise Story / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal has redesigned its comments section, renaming it “Conversations”, in an attempt to engage readers who do not comment often
Nieman Foundation:
Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein and Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery have been awarded the 2019 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence
Kelly McCarthy / ABC News:
ABC News producer Alexa Valiente passed away over the weekend at the age of 27
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Subscription-based sports site The Athletic is launching 20 ad-free podcasts across its app and website on Tuesday, produced by 12 new hires
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Magna Global: OTT-based advertising reached $2.7B in revenue in 2018, up 54% YoY, and is expected to grow 39% in 2019 to $3.8B and 31% in 2020 to $5B
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Major ad industry associations, including ANA and IAB, are launching Privacy for America, a new lobby group that will advocate for a federal data privacy law
Discussion: Adweek and AList
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Private equity firm Great Hill Partners has agreed to acquire Gizmodo Media Group from Univision, forming a new company led by digital media exec Jim Spanfeller