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8:15 AM ET, June 2, 2018


 Top News: 
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
Facebook to shut down Trending and is testing new features like a breaking news label for publishers, a Today In section, and a News Video in Watch section  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated “trending” news section after four years, a company executive told The Associated Press.
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Spotify updates its hateful content and conduct policy, says it will no longer use the provision that led to removal of R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from playlists  —  Three weeks after Spotify announced a new policy regarding hate content and hateful conduct on its service …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Facebook's new promoted content rules block some ads from Vice, Newsmax, others, classifying ads as political and requiring advertiser verification via mail  —  'Everything we've tried to do in the past couple days has just been shut down,' says one publisher
Ned Berke / Center for Cooperative Media:   Facebook's plans to manage promoted political content: a machine learning classifier begins June 6 and will scan text and images for terms related to politics
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Joy Reid apologizes for old posts on the blog she started in 2005: “I'm sorry for the collateral damage and pain”  —  Problems piling up at NBC  —  After months of scrutiny and questions surrounding her now-shuttered blog, MSNBC Joy Reid offered an unconditional apology on Friday …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple is working on a new ad network for app promotion, in talks with Snap, Pinterest, others to distribute its search ads for apps  —  Increasing ad sales could help offset slowing iPhone growth, but effort would face stiff competition from Google and Facebook
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Roseanne's comments received 16 times the coverage of a new study that estimates Hurricane Maria toll at ~4,654 deaths, a neglect symptomatic of systemic racism  —  For those who argue that the media has misplaced priorities when it comes to coverage choices, this week has provided a case study to support their position.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Pinterest says it will make it possible for advertisers to show promoted videos that take up the width of the screen  —  Pinterest is continuing its push into video as a potential avenue for advertisers by today saying that it will offer advertisers a promoted video tool that takes up the width of the entire screen.
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:
Research: Hotstar has 69.4% of the Indian on-demand video streaming market, Amazon has 5% and Netflix has 1.4%; James Murdoch says Hotstar has 145MAUs  —  As Amazon and Netflix turn to the land of Bollywood in search of new users, they continue to face stiff competition from local giant Hotstar.
Discussion: FierceCable
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Netflix sues Relativity Media, claiming Relativity failed to deliver a required number of releases in 2017 and breached an exclusivity deal  —  Netflix sued Relativity Media on Friday, accusing the bankrupt mini-studio of violating an exclusivity agreement by providing five films to Amazon and Starz.
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Steve Smith / Folio:
Magazines like The New Yorker and The Economist develop apps to give users a more curated experience, to increase retention without overwhelming the reader
Jason D. Rowley / Crunchbase News:
Wikia, co-founded by Jimmy Wales in 2004 and now best known for its Fandom platform, raises $106M in new equity funding, SEC filing shows
Chris York / HuffPost UK:
Chinese state-backed TV broadcaster, China Global Television Network, to launch a newsroom with up to 50 journalists in the UK for a full-scale news operation
 Earlier Picks: 
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Fandango and Comcast launch a new voice integration for Xfinity X1 users that lets them purchase tickets from their TV while watching a movie preview
Tim Mak / NPR:
Reporter Tim Mak posts audio of 2015 legal threats from Michael Cohen: “Tread very fucking lightly” and “I will take you for every penny you still don't have”
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Once Tronc closes LA Times sale, sources say clean balance sheet could make Tronc a takeover target; filing: five execs could get $23.5M in total if it's sold
Discussion: The Wrap
Pew Research Center:
Pew Research study of US teen internet usage finds 85% say they use YouTube, 72% use Instagram, 69% use Snapchat, while only 51% say they use Facebook