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6:05 PM ET, May 16, 2019


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Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Gannett shareholders voted to reject board nominees put forth by MNG Enterprises, also called Digital First Media and backed by Alden Global Capital  —  Gannett shareholders have voted to reject MNG Enterprises' board nominees, siding with the USA TODAY owner as it attempts to fend off …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
As the definition of “bias” expands to include instances where social media users don't have the desired outcome, it's harder for platforms to say there is none  —  Three years ago this month, Mark Zuckerberg gathered together a group of influential conservatives to defend Facebook against allegations of political bias.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
White House launches tool to solicit information from people who had social media accounts suspended or banned and who suspect political bias behind the actions
Drew Magary / The Concourse:
Deadspin columnist and GQ correspondent Drew Magary recounts his near-death experience with a subdural hematoma and his struggle with recovery  —  Or dare I say... given away?  I am the least reliable narrator when it comes to the story of my brain exploding.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sony Music has formed a joint venture with Adam Davidson and Laura Mayer, both veteran podcast producers, to create and distribute original podcast programming  —  Sony Music Entertainment is diving into the red-hot podcasting biz.  —  In its first move into the space …
Results of The Voice Kids TV show in Russia have been canceled after Group-IB finds that bots were used to rig the competition, won by a millionaire's daughter  —  The result of a popular Russian TV talent show - The Voice Kids - has been cancelled after thousands of fraudulent votes were found …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Crackle, sold by Sony Pictures to CSS Entertainment in March, reports revenue of $11M and operating profit of $3.5M in Q1; sources say it was burning cash  —  For the first time, financial results for Sony Pictures Television's Crackle have been made public — and the free …
Max Willens / Digiday:
WaPo's Arc debuts subscription tools, including a paywall and an email registration system, with plans for a tool to identify readers likely to subscribe  —  There is a vacuum in the consumer revenue tech stack, and The Washington Post is hoping to fill it with Arc.
Discussion: Strange Attractor
Radhika Jones / Vanity Fair:
Vanity Fair launches a fully searchable archive of its 700+ past issues, available for free until June 30, then open only to subscribers  —  The magazine's editor in chief welcomes readers to the first fully searchable collection of its entire history, from its Jazz Age beginnings to its 1983 revival and on to the present day.
Discussion: @michellemanafy
Eric Beech / Reuters:
Trump signs full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice and spent 3.5 years in prison  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK to launch inquiry into Britain's reality TV programming industry regarding aftercare and mental health support offered to participants  —  ITV faces particular scrutiny over treatment of Love Island and Jeremy Kyle participants  —  ITV's treatment of reality show contestants will be scrutinised …
Discussion: The Week and New York Times
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Fifteen Democratic presidential candidates say they would have press briefings at least once a week, with eight saying they would reinstate the daily briefings  —  It has now been more than two months since presidential press secretary Sarah Sanders has held a scheduled, on-the-record briefing for White House reporters.
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