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2:25 PM ET, May 19, 2016


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Zuckerberg meets with conservative leaders, calls for conversation to rebuild trust following concerns about bias in Trending Topics  —  A-list conservative commentators and leaders did a lot of talking and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did a lot of listening at an unusual meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
Facebook is biased but not against Conservatives - towards content its algorithms decide is engaging  —  FACEBOOK is biased.  That's true.  But not in the way conservative critics say it is.  —  The social network's powerful newsfeed is programmed to be viral, clicky, upbeat or quarrelsome.
Meghan McCarthy / Morning Consult:
Poll of 2K voters under age 45: 25% read about Facebook Trending controversy, 47% were comfortable with social media sites picking news  —  Nearly half of Americans in our most recent national poll have heard about Facebook allegedly suppressing conservative news stories on their platform.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Morley Safer, longest serving 60 Minutes correspondent in show's history, dies at 84, one week after retiring  —  Morley Safer, an intrepid storyteller and interviewer whose name became synonymous with the newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” has died.  He was 84.  —  Safer was the longest-serving correspondent in “60 Minutes” history.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google unveils Daydream, its Android VR platform, with partners including NYT, WSJ, Netflix, HBO, IMAX, NBA; first Daydream-ready devices expected this fall  —  Accompanying the announcement of its Daydream mobile virtual reality initiative, Google is revealing a few of the experiences that people might have with its new VR headset.
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Lawyers in Rolling Stone lawsuit file new evidence that ‘Jackie’ created fake persona  —  New evidence shows that a University of Virginia student who alleged that she was gang raped at a campus fraternity created the fake persona of the alleged ringleader of the attack …
Discussion: Mediaite, Hit & Run, AOL and Hot Air
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Following NewFront events, executives debate how to compare web video ratings to TV's  —  Web video companies have been comparing the size of their audiences to cable shows, and TV is pushing back with ad dollars at stake  —  Even as television ratings decline and more consumers cut the cord …
Discussion: @digitalshields
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Late New York Times media columnist David Carr's Twitter feed hacked by spambot  —  “I'm from Cary.  I love role-playing games,” the new bio says.  Twitter followers of the late New York Times' columnist David Carr were shocked to see porn being published on his verified account Thursday morning.
Discussion: Fast Company and @abeaujon
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
The Village Voice names ex-Adweek executive Suzan Gursoy as its publisher, ahead of what it describes as an “extensive relaunch” next year  —  The Village Voice has hired former Adweek executive Suzan Gursoy as its publisher ahead of what management says will be an “extensive relaunch” next year.
Roberto Baldwin / Engadget:
New interactive map from Facebook allows users to find live videos from different countries  —  Facebook's Live Video feature just got global thanks to an interactive map that's rolling out on the site.  If you're looking for a stream from a random stranger you can either choose …
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Creative Diversity Network collaborates with UK broadcasters to create Project Diamond, an initiative monitoring on/off-screen diversity in the media industry
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
FactorDaily raises $1M to build consumer tech publication for India, round led by Accel; will focus on four core coverage areas
Discussion: MediaNama
Anna Dannreuther / RightsInfo:
UK Supreme Court upholds injunction in celebrity threesome case, rules identities must remain private
Dietmar Schantin / INMA:
Indian newspapers use localized editions to keep the value of print while digital focus is on social media engagement
Discussion: Nieman Lab and TechCrunch
 Earlier Picks: 
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Tribune Publishing laying off up to 200 IT employees, shifts work to India's Tata Consultancy
Sam Magdy / Associated Press:
Egypt drafts media law requiring $50K in capital, threatening independent online startups
Humeyra Pamuk / Reuters:
Turkish journalist Arzu Yildiz gets 20-month jail sentence, loses guardianship of her children after conviction for uploading video in 2015
Discussion: Middle East Eye