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11:15 AM ET, May 7, 2019

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Simon Lewis / Reuters:
Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been freed from prison after being jailed in Myanmar for more than 500 days  —  Simon Lewis, Shoon Naing  —  YANGON (Reuters) - Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Sources: Amazon in talks with big US publishers about paying them to expand internationally so it can reach more shoppers with its affiliate business  —  Big US publishers already make money from Amazon's “affiliate” business.  Amazon wants them to make more, and may pay them upfront.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook updates its video guidelines to promote original content, loyal and engaged viewership  —  Facebook today announced a series of changes to the way it ranks videos on its social network, which determines how widely they're distributed.  According to the updated guidelines …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the investments Condé Nast-owner Advance Publications is making to diversify away from its media holdings as it embarks on a $10B shopping spree  —  Advance Publications Inc., owner of the Condé Nast magazine empire and metropolitan newspapers, is on a $10 billion …
Zosha Millman / SeattlePI:
Seattle Times begins HR investigation and suspends reporter Mike Rosenberg after a journalist showed he sent her sexually harassing direct messages on Twitter  —  Seattle Times journalist Mike Rosenberg has deactivated his Twitter account after another journalist accused him of sending sexually explicit and harassing messages.
Columbia Journalism Review:
Study examines how Report for America fellows struggle to build real trust in local news with communities in rural Kentucky and inner-city Chicago  —  Last June, Report for America (RFA) fellow Will Wright was looking for interviews in Eastern Kentucky.  He was standing at a temporary health care clinic …
Lauren Johnson / Business Insider:
Pitch deck shows Amazon aims to build a video advertising business on Fire TV devices and IMDb FreeDive to rival Roku, Hulu, and others  —  - Amazon wants a piece of OTT advertising and is targeting advertisers who are migrating from TV's $70 billion market.
Rochelle Toplensky / Financial Times:
Sources: after considering Spotify's complaint about App Store fees, the EU has decided to launch an antitrust probe into Apple's conduct  —  The EU will launch a formal antitrust investigation into Apple in the next few weeks after Spotify accused the iPhone maker of “tilting the playing field to disadvantage competitors”.
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More than 100 CNN employees accept voluntary buyouts amid company-wide WarnerMedia restructuring as AT&T seeks to reduce its debt, which reached $170B in 2018  —  CNN is the latest division of AT&T's WarnerMedia to feel the effects of company-wide restructuring, with voluntary buyouts …
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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Instagram starts reducing reach of posts identified as false by Facebook's 50+ fact-check partners, who will see Instagram posts in their dashboards this week  —  In an expansion of Facebook's partnership with fact-checking sites around the world, Instagram has started reducing the reach of false posts.
Rose Eveleth / Nieman Reports:
As the journalism workforce adds more freelancers, journalism award administrators should rethink their rules and high entry fees and offer a freelancer fund  —  As freelancers make up more and more of the workforce, award administrators should rethink their rules
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Jacob Silverman / New Republic:
A freelance writer details how journalism's use of part-time freelancers has hurt the industry, making corporate writing the only refuge for a steady income
 
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