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1:40 AM ET, April 30, 2019

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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Facebook to give 60+ academics around the world access to its data for projects on news polarization, disinformation, and more  —  Facebook knows it screwed up, is trying to do better, and is spending some of this year actually listening to critiques and suggestions (supposedly).
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Amazon doorbell company Ring searches for an editor to deliver breaking crime alerts; local TV has already led Americans to overestimate crime rates  —  When news organizations think about competition from tech companies, it's usually in terms of the audience's attention and advertisers' dollars.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter announces live streaming content deals with Univision, WSJ, and Time and new initiatives with previous partners including Viacom, the NFL, and ESPN  —  - Twitter Expands Live-Streaming Video Lineup, Sets Content Deals With Viacom, ESPN, Live Nation, Univision, and More
Roger Parloff / Yahoo Finance:
Profile of Chris Cox, who, despite being chief product officer for years, never drew the attention for Facebook's scandals that Zuckerberg and Sandberg did  —  In late 2003, during his senior year at Stanford, Chris Cox, the future Chief Product Officer at Facebook (
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Royalties from digital services to UK copyright society PRS for Music rose 17% to £145.7M in 2018, the first year of its licensing deal with Facebook  —  British collecting society PRS for Music saw its collections grow by 4.4% to £746m (around $965.4m) in 2018, setting a new record.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Walmart plans to create at least 6 original Vudu shows over the next year, which will make money by advertising products, testing “shoppable content”  —  - Decade-old streaming service plans to tout new ad technology  —  Walmart Inc. already sells more TVs than anyone.
Washington Post:
Inside Lou Dobbs' TV career and his unusual relationship with Donald Trump as he helps shape the President's border policy  —  One day in mid-March, President Trump gathered his top economic team at the White House to get its read on the state of the nation's financial health.
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Nine Entertainment sells its Australian Community Media & Printing business, which includes 160+ former Fairfax regional papers, to ex-Fairfax exec for AU$115M  —  Former Domain boss Antony Catalano and Thorney Investment Group reach deal for Canberra Times, Newcastle Herald and others to change hands
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
The relationships between some political candidates and their supporters can resemble social media fandoms, making media vetting less relevant  —  If you covered American politics between 1976 and 2012, you developed a sense of the rhythm of a party primary: A big field of candidates would rise …
Spotify:
Spotify reports Q1 revenue of €1.5B, up 33% YoY, reduces net loss to €142M, says it has 217M MAUs, up 26% YoY, with 100M premium subscribers, up 32% YoY  —  Spotify Technology S.A. (NYSE:SPOT) today reported financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2019 ending March 31, 2019.
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Spotify confirms it paid €50M to acquire the podcasting studio Parcast in addition to the €308M spent on Anchor and Gimlet in 2019
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IAB:
Advertisers to spend $18M on digital video, up nearly 25% YoY; half to be spent through programmatic buys, 70% of digital video advertisers use influencers  —  Advertisers report that they expect, on average, to spend $18M in 2019 in digital video—nearly 25% over last year.
Discussion: MediaPost and Adweek
 
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Nico Lang / Columbia Journalism Review:
Samantha Allen, a national reporter for The Daily Beast, talks about her book Real Queer America, which profiles LGBTQ lives in red states
The Mozilla Blog:
Facebook's Ad Archive API is criticized for lacking info on ad targeting criteria and being limited to keyword searches, preventing a comprehensive look at ads
Bloomberg:
With PR workers now outnumbering journalists six to one, journalists are bombarded by PR pitches looking to control corporate narratives
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Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
The unusual relationship between the US President and NY Times photographer Doug Mills, whom Trump has called “my genius photographer”
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