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1:25 AM ET, May 20, 2018


 Top News: 
Linda Kinstler / The Atlantic:
German law requiring social media companies to take down hate speech within 24 hours prompts far right claims of lack of clarity, chilled speech, and censorship  —  The new year was just a day old when Alice Weidel, the 38-year-old co-leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) …
Discussion: PEN America
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Inside Facebook's deletion center in Berlin, where 1,200 people review posts violating firm's rules or German law, and decide what is free speech or hate speech  —  A country taps its past as it leads the way on one of the most pressing issues facing modern democracies: how to regulate the world's biggest social network.
Washington Post:
Sources: Trump personally pushed US Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the Postal Service charges Amazon and other companies  —  President Trump has personally pushed U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the Postal Service charges and other firms …
Ernie Smith / Motherboard:
A history of the music industry's first efforts at creating music streaming services after Napster and why they failed given the importance of streaming now  —  Lessons from the music industry's initial consumer-hostile reaction to the Napster saga.  Going from $16 CDs to unlimited streaming is really hard.
Discussion: Techdirt
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Profile: Fox News' Neil Cavuto, a Trump skeptic who champions capitalism, financial markets, and free trade, and whose health makes for unique on-air challenges  —  Neil Cavuto's voice comes through loud and clear on President Trump, and it's not admiring.  —  Neil Cavuto's voice strikes a tone of bemused reason on Fox News.
Discussion: Racked
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Idahoan, a publication by a PAC veteran, stirs controversy with some claiming it is a political mailer, as deputy AG rules it is a newspaper under Idaho law  —  THE IDAHOAN IS A NEWSPAPER; at least, that's what its publisher says.  As of this week, the Idaho Attorney General's office agrees with him.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
A look at how the South China Morning Post is expanding its audience to the “globally curious” through its verticals as its audience makeup shifts from China  —  With its new verticals Abacus and Inkstone, the century-old newspaper is trying to use Alibaba money to build products …
Discussion: @niemanlab
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Inside Coleman-Rayner, the paparazzi agency that conducted negative research on Weinstein's rape accuser and staged photographs of Meghan Markle's father  —  When Prince Harry finally marries Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on Saturday, it'll be no thanks to the celebrity gossip and picture agency …
David Taylor / The Guardian:
A year into the Mueller investigation, viewer burnout regarding Trump reflected in falling ratings for CNN and Fox as channels ignore other national issues  —  For 12 months the special counsel's inquiry has fascinated a huge audience - but important issues are fighting for attention
Music Business Worldwide:
After reports that Tidal is inflating streaming numbers for big stars and is late paying royalties, company hires cybersecurity firm to investigate breach  —  Under-fire streaming platform TIDAL has announced that it has enlisted an “independent, third party cyber-security firm” to investigate a potential data breach at the company.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
News Media Alliance says Facebook's political ad rules would lump ads purchased by news orgs to promote articles on political topics with political messaging  —  Saying rules are too broad, media outlets fear ads promoting news stories will be lumped in with political messaging
Discussion: CNNMoney and VentureBeat
Lara O'Reilly / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google to meet with publishers on May 24 to discuss concerns that GDPR-related changes will make Google even more dominant in digital advertising  —  Google invites publishers to meetings at four of its global offices on May 24.  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google has agreed to meet …
Discussion: @jason_kint and Ad Age
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Andrea Tantaros loses a lawsuit against Fox News as judge rejects her wiretapping claims that alleged computer hacking and surreptitious recording of women
Nielsen to add a separate data stream that will include one day of delayed viewing to account for time-shifted local TV views, available from July
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Publishers prefer YouTube over platforms like Facebook because of predictable success parameters, longer shelf life of evergreen content, deeper user engagement
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Alleged owners of, a site that publishes mugshots and demands payment for removal, arrested on extortion, money laundering, identity theft charges
 Earlier Picks: 
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
Charter is using language from net neutrality repeal in dispute over unfulfilled promises with NY state to claim states have no authority over it in lawsuits
Jonathan Randles / Wall Street Journal:
Judge says he will approve agreement between Thiel and Gawker Media, declines Gizmodo's request to prevent Thiel from funding future lawsuits against it
Discussion: Reuters