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5:45 PM ET, June 3, 2018

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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Verificado 2018, a fact checking service for Mexico's elections, where WhatsApp users send in information to verify and receive individual replies  —  “Instead of using broadcast to spread our debunks, we opted for an individual relationship.”  —  The growing stream of reporting …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Delivering exclusive or early access podcasts is expensive, labor-intensive, or leaky as dominant platforms by Apple and Google don't support paywalling content  —  In theory, premium podcasts should be a great tool for publishers that want to retain and grow their subscriber bases.
Columbia Journalism Review:
Bill Grueskin, Felix Salmon, and Alexandria Neason reconsider the age-old question of whether we need journalism schools; all say high costs must be weighed  —  One of the things we teach in journalism school is the need to scrutinize your sources' motives.  Why are these people talking to you?
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
UK trade body AOP data found 29.9% of ad impressions on desktop blocked, down from 31.7% at mid-2016 high, calculating a nearly £14M revenue loss over 12 months  —  The General Data Protection Regulation may have usurped the threat of ad blocking in alarming media headlines lately …
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
In countries without press freedom, fact-checking efforts are stymied by distrust of fact-checkers living abroad, small audiences, lack of access to information  —  TORONTO — When he talks about fact-checking, Farhad Souzanchi alternates between a stony face and wide grin.
Discussion: @benweinthal
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 …
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.
 
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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Pinterest says it will make it possible for advertisers to show promoted videos that take up the width of the screen
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Netflix sues Relativity Media, claiming Relativity failed to deliver a required number of releases in 2017 and breached an exclusivity deal
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
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
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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
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