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5:40 PM ET, April 12, 2019

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Assange is hard to defend, but prosecuting him would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations  —  For press-freedom advocates, Julian Assange has long been a polarizing figure.  —  And his arrest Thursday in London once again ignited the seemingly endless debate:
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CNN:
First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams on Assange's case: relief that the Espionage Act wasn't used, but “some level of broader risk” still exists for journalists  —  New York (CNN Business)This debate has spanned the decade: Is Julian Assange a villainous hack working in concert …
The Guardian:
Julian Assange arrested for alleged breach of bail and in connection to a US extradition warrant as Ecuador withdraws asylum after seven years
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
DOJ charges Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for allegedly assisting Chelsea Manning in an attempt to crack a DOD password
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Ruptly, owned by Russian-backed RT, snagged the only video of Assange's arrest by continuing to record outside Ecuador's embassy as other broadcasters withdrew
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney+ will be available starting November 12 for $6.99 a month or $69.99 per year  —  - Disney announced Thursday at the company's investor day that Disney+ will be available starting on November 12 for $6.99 per month or $69 per year  — Disney has already confirmed a number …
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Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney CEO Bob Iger says he will step down in 2021 and that Disney's board has been involved in discussions about succession planning
Discussion: TVWeek.com and Engadget
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Disney says Disney+ will support 4K and HDR video, all content on Disney+ can be downloaded and viewed offline, and that the app will be on Roku, PS4, and more
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Inside Univision's acquisitions of Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion, where mismanagement and shifting priorities lead to eventual sale of the properties  —  Last July, hours before Univision announced that it was looking to sell Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion, Univision CEO Vincent Sadusky gathered …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Filing: former CBS CEO Les Moonves forfeited $34.5M in stock awards in 2018; Joseph Ianniello, who took over from Moonves, received $27.4M in compensation  —  Former CBS chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves forfeited $34.5 million in CBS stock awards last year as part of the settlement agreement …
Discussion: The Wrap
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
A look at Facebook's transparency tool that shows a user which advertisers used a contact list with information about that specific user  —  On Facebook under Settings, there's a page in the Ads section where you can view your Ad Preferences.  Most of this is fairly straightforward …
Bloomberg:
Sources: YouTube has introduced two new internal metrics in the past two years: total time spent on site and the murkier “quality watch time”  —  YouTube is changing the way it measures success on the world's biggest video site following a series of scandals.
Discussion: The Next Web and Business Insider
Reuters:
Inside the Cekfakta Initiative, which brings together 24 news publishers and fact-checking org Mafindo to fight fake news ahead of the Indonesian elections  —  JAKARTA (Reuters) - Armed with laptops, three dozen journalists and fact-checkers braced for battle before a live debate between …
Discussion: Poynter and @f_potkin
Mark Paul / The Irish Times:
A new Australian online subscription-based investigative journalism platform that will operate as part of news service Crikey receives €1.27M in backing  —  Reports say O'Reilly and investor John Fairfax have put up 2m AUD for new venture  —  Cameron O'Reilly, the eldest son …
 
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Researchers for BMO Capital Markets say Fox News full-day linear TV ratings fell 19% in Q1, but note Fox Nation streaming is beating expectations
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Bloomberg:
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New York Times:
Sources: Ron Burkle, a billionaire who runs the investment firm Yucaipa Companies, is in talks to buy National Enquirer; Burkle's representative denies talks