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5:00 PM ET, May 14, 2019

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Alex Thompson / Politico:
Elizabeth Warren rejects an invitation to a Fox News town hall, calls the outlet a “hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists”  —  Elizabeth Warren turned down a Fox News invitation Tuesday for a televised town hall and denounced the cable network as a …
CNBC:
Comcast agrees to sell its stake in Hulu to Disney in five years at a $27.5B valuation or appraisal amount; Comcast to relinquish voting rights immediately  —  Comcast has agreed to sell its stake in Hulu in five years to Disney and give up its voting rights immediately.
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: NBC's streaming service will be free to customers paying for live TV; about $10/month for cord cutters and won't include live or same-season shows  —  KEY POINTS  — NBC is purposely making its cord-cutting version of its streaming service worse than the free version that comes with a pay-TV subscription.
Discussion: NBC News and @clearlycrystalb
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Research group identifies disinformation campaign that published 135 articles on sites impersonating media outlets or on sites where users can post content  —  An ambitious online disinformation campaign that impersonated major media outlets, used fake Twitter accounts to spread false articles …
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William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Sources: CBS and Viacom boards have been in negotiations regarding a merger, but National Amusements can't initiate merger discussions until September 2020  —  The more than $1 billion in “cost synergies” identified by bankers and executives in the long-rumored deal pushed by Shari Redstone is code for “big job losses.”
Discussion: @vanityfair
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
YouTube creators threatened by EU's new copyright directive due to the difficulty of automatically allowing fair use of copyrighted material through filters  —  KEY POINTS  — YouTube creators fear their livelihood and creative outlet could be threatened by a new EU copyright directive …
CNBC:
Bleacher Report will start its gaming-related programming from Las Vegas this summer, says its sports betting category grew 3x faster than any other category  —  KEY POINTS  —  Bleacher Report betting big on sports gambling  —  Sports gambling is about to get a big boost from the Bleacher.
Ethan Zuckerman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Study: French media across the left/right divide is controlled by papers of record that often link to each other rather than to fringe sites, unlike in the US  —  During the 2016 US presidential election, Facebook became a battleground of persuasion and disinformation.
Jeremy Gordon / The Outline:
Writers like David Foster Wallace should be reevaluated given the approximations in their reporting: they were expert storytellers, not chroniclers of truth  —  David Foster Wallace's journalism is, in many ways, inaccurate.  But he's hardly the only venerated journalist to have made stuff up.
 
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Golnar Motevalli / Bloomberg:
US sanctions have caused paper and ink prices to rise in Iran; two government owned dailies have cut coverage and journalists fear layoffs
News & Tech:
Survey: 88% of Canadians read print or digital newspaper at least once per week; 83% access at least some news content online
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Trump's pejorative nicknames, often repeated by the media with amusement, have the power to set the narrative around Trump's political opponents
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Apple updates iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs with its new TV app with Apple TV Channels, which offers customers subscription access to premium networks like HBO
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Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook raises pay for content moderation contractors to $22/hr in SF, NYC, DC; $20/hr in Seattle; and $18/hr in other metros; says minimum wage is not enough
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: Discovery to buy Golf Digest from Condé Nast for $30M; W and Brides remain for sale