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7:20 AM ET, May 15, 2019

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Peter Kafka / Vox:
Explaining the Hulu/Disney/Comcast breakup: as media companies get bigger to compete with tech, many shows will scatter from Netflix and Hulu to rival services  —  All the big media companies want their own streaming service.  Big question: Do you want to subscribe to lots of streaming services?
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Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
CEO Randall Stephenson says AT&T will pull popular Warner Bros. shows from streaming rivals as it launches its own streaming service later this year  —  “We'll be bringing a lot of these media rights, licensing rights, back to ourselves," Randall Stephenson told an industry conference as the studio stands to lose licensing dollars.
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.
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 …
Michael Barba / The San Francisco Examiner:
Two judges who OK'ed a police raid on Bryan Carmody knew of his media role, a city supervisor says, a key issue under a California law protecting media sources  —  Two judges authorized police raids on the home and office of a freelance journalist last week despite knowing that the search warrants …
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Audrey Cooper / San Francisco Chronicle:
The raid on Bryan Carmody once again shows how little respect many politicians, police, and officials have for independent media they cannot control  —  I've spent more time this week thinking about Bryan Carmody than I would like.  —  Carmody is a freelance video journalist who obtained …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google says it will begin featuring ads on the homepage of its mobile website later this year, amid tough questions around growth  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Whether you are Googling on the couch, fiddling with Maps in the car or swiping through the Discover feed on the toilet …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Forbes Media's content solutions now account for 40% of its direct revenue, since merging its content studio with its research arm late last year  —  Publishers that sought to diversify into new lines of business are now trying to figure out how to fit those operations back together to deepen their relationships with advertisers.
BBC:
Wikimedia says all language editions of Wikipedia have been blocked in China since late April; previously, China only blocked the Chinese language version  —  All language editions of Wikipedia have been blocked in mainland China since April, the Wikimedia foundation has confirmed.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
A 14-year-old girl with 800,000 YouTube followers is sharing far-right content, highlighting how the platform can push kids to extremism as they build audiences  —  “Soph” has nearly a million followers on the giant video platform.  The site's executives only have themselves to blame.
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.
 
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Stuart Millar, who joined BuzzFeed UK as head of news in 2015, has been named its new editor, replacing Janine Gibson who left the role in January
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
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
News & Tech:
Survey: 88% of Canadians read print or digital newspaper at least once per week; 83% access at least some news content online
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
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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
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