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8:40 PM ET, May 5, 2017


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Business Insider:
Sources: Facebook planning on premiering about 24 TV-like shows in mid-June, has greenlit virtual-reality dating show from Condé Nast Entertainment  —  Facebook has kicked its push for TV-like shows into high gear and is aiming to premiere its slate of programming in mid-June …
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
ABC, CBS, and NBC join CNN in declining Trump campaign ad that includes a “Fake News” title over faces of well-known anchors  —  “CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC have now all chosen to block our ad,” Lara Trump, the daughter-in-law of the President, said.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Congressional Periodical Press Gallery denies Sputnik a permanent press pass and grants a pass to Laura Ingraham's site, LifeZette  —  The Congressional Periodical Press Gallery committee has denied Sputnik, a Russian state-owned news website, a permanent congressional press pass.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Financial Times:
Spotify, Deezer, Rocket Internet, others sign letter to European Commission urging antitrust action against Apple and Google  —  Brussels urged to take action against those abusing mobile and app store dominance  —  Read next … Spotify and a host of European internet businesses have called …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Spain's PRISA teams up with Amazon Prime Now to deliver copies of El Pais and Cinco Dias newspapers within 2 hours in Madrid and Barcelona  —  Amazon can now be your newspaper delivery guy, at least in a couple of cities in Spain: Customers in Madrid can now request copies of El Pais …
Discussion: Mashable and @niemanlab
Max Willens / Digiday:
LinkedIn says engagement with its recently overhauled news feed is up 40% YoY as some business publishers also see spikes from referral traffic  —  Publishers have their ups and downs with distribution platforms, but LinkedIn is having a moment, at least with business news outlets.
Discussion: @alexcharraudeau, @hl_bowen and @mcely
Inside founders' fights for hugely popular liberal sites and Facebook pages like Occupy Democrats, USUncut, and Addicting Info, as income rose fueled by Trump  —  The US election  —  and its surprise victory for Donald Trump have helped propel liberal hyperpartisan Facebook pages and websites to new traffic and revenue heights.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Bill O'Reilly accuser Wendy Walsh will meet with Ofcom on Monday as the regulator investigates Rupert Murdoch's proposed Sky takeover  —  Sexual harassment allegations at US TV network cast doubt on Rupert Murdoch's proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky in Europe
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: federal probe of Fox News includes questions about alleged intimidation; private investigator said he was hired to discredit two women who sued
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Radio staffer Jessica Golloher sues Fox News, 21st Century Fox, and two executives, claiming discrimination and retaliation after contract not renewed
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts a Twitter-like “Latest Conversations” feature that shows public posts about buzzing topics  —  Facebook is rolling out a new feature called “Latest Conversations” in its search results that will show the most recent public posts about timely topics that a lot of people across its network are discussing.
Ryan Grim, the Washington bureau chief of HuffPost, is leaving to take the same role at The Intercept  —  Ryan Grim, the Washington bureau chief of HuffPost, is leaving the site to become Washington bureau chief of The Intercept.  —  Grim, one of the original HuffPost staffers in Washington …
Discussion: @froomkin, @samfbiddle and Poynter
Matt DeRienzo / Medium:
Layoffs at Gannett, Gatehouse, and Digital First Media show the need to support local journalists, not simply local newspapers with corporate owners  —  Gannett's year-round layoffs hit small-town journalism hardest  —  As long as there have been big corporate newspaper chains answering …
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Q&A with Gene Roberts, the former editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer and the subject of a forthcoming documentary, called “The Newspaperman”
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YouTube producing a half-dozen original series this year; source says it will spend $100M+ for 40+ ad-supported original shows and movies next year
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Facebook says it is closing Oculus VR film studio, canceling all ongoing projects, will invest in VR content produced by outside partners
Ken Schwencke / ProPublica:
Cloudflare shares personal information of those who complain about hosted sites like Daily Stormer; Cloudflare GC says policy lets users “face their accusers”
Discussion: Talking New Media