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8:00 PM ET, May 17, 2019

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Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Steve Kroft, the longest-tenured correspondent on 60 Minutes, is retiring, with his final segment airing Sunday  —  The show's longest-tenured correspondent is known for his incisive interviews and impactful investigations.  But he admits, “I'm not easy.”  —  Steve Kroft, the longest …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify starts testing Car Thing, a voice-controlled smart assistant device for cars, with some Premium users in US  —  To learn how people consume audio in their car  —  Spotify will begin publicly testing its first hardware today: a voice-controlled smart assistant for cars …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
As streaming services look for content, the price to option magazine articles has soared; journalists and media organizations sometimes clash over revenue split  —  As a peripatetic writer for national magazines, David Kushner has traveled to some far-flung destinations.
Discussion: @gerryfsmith, Thanks:@steverubel
Tom Maxwell / Digiday:
9to5, the network of sites including 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, DroneDJ, and Electrek, now averages 40M monthly views, employs 20 full time staff, and is profitable  —  In an effort to go beyond Apple news and scoops, 9to5 is making a play into other verticals.  —  9to5, the network of news sites …
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google agreed to refund advertisers that paid for ads displayed in an ad fraud scheme discovered in 2017, following lawsuit over back-payments  —  Google has agreed to refund advertisers for ads purchased through its ad marketplaces that ran on websites with fraudulent traffic …
Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg:
London-based TI Media, formerly called Time Inc UK, sells its music magazines NME and Uncut to Singapore's BandLab Technologies  —  BandLab Technologies, a Singapore-based social music platform, has agreed to acquire British music magazines NME and Uncut from TI Media for an undisclosed amount to expand its global music media business.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Nicolas Kristen / Global Editors Network:
Q&A with Google News creator Krishna Bharat on the impact of AI on journalism, the future of assisted interviews, and AI's contribution to democratic processes  —  In recent years, the threats posed by AI to democracies through hacking, manipulation, and disinformation campaigns have garnered public attention.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Seven police officers in the UK town of Cleveland received notices of gross misconduct for misusing their investigatory powers to spy on journalists' phones  —  An investigation into how a police force used investigatory powers to spy on journalists and former officers has resulted …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Digital First Media's bid for Gannett may have failed this time, but industry executives continue to say they expect mergers among the big newspaper chains  —  This hostile takeover didn't work out.  But the thinking of industry executives remains dominated by the inevitable merging of America's big newspaper chains.
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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
 
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Miriam Berger / The National:
Arabic podcasts, relatively free from regulation for the moment, rise thanks to young producers providing views on the Arabic world unseen in mainstream media
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Forum Communications announces a deal to acquire Minnesota's Rochester Post Bulletin from Small Newspaper Group
Discussion: @alex_veeneman and NewsCut
Louisa Thomas / New Yorker:
Q&A with sportswriter Jackie MacMullan on covering the NBA as a woman, social media, and how relationships between journalists and players have changed
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Sources: Quora, which has 300M+ MAUs, is raising a $60M round led by Valor Equity Partners at a valuation of $2B, and told investors it had $20M in 2018 revenue
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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Three French journalists faced government interrogation, and now possibly jail time, after using a secret document to report on France's ties to the Yemen war
Paul Wallbank / Mumbrella:
Internal email: News Corp says it has passed 500K paid digital subscribers in Australia, eight years after it launched a paywall for The Australian
Discussion: Mediaweek