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Sources: Lionsgate offered to sell Starz to CBS for $5.5B after CBS made an informal $5B bid for the network  —  (Reuters) - Lions Gates Entertainment offered to sell cable channel Starz to CBS Corp for $5.5 billion after rebuffing a lower offer, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Discussion: @matthewkeyslive
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Techdirt settles suit by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claimed to invent email; no money exchanges hands; Techdirt to link to an Ayyadurai statement on related articles  —  Click Here to Support Techdirt  —  It's possible that some of you saw the news earlier this week that the legal dispute …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify to start testing Car Thing, a voice-controlled smart assistant device that connects to your car and phone over bluetooth, with some Premium users in US  —  To learn how people consume audio in their car  —  Spotify will begin publicly testing its first hardware today …
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.
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 …
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
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google says it will shut down Jump, its cloud-based VR video stitching service, on June 28, due to a usage decline as new video formats and VR cameras came out  —  Google will shut down Jump, its cloud-based video stitching service, this summer.  The company emailed creators Friday afternoon …
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  —  A new generation of young and forward-thinking producers are providing an alternative view on the Arabic world
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Winning bidders for Salon Media are Chris Richmond and Drew Schoentrup, owners of Proper Media, which is involved in an ownership stakes dispute in Snopes  —  Salon Media Group is being acquired for $5 million by a little-known pair of tech entrepreneurs who are meanwhile caught in a legal battle …
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 …
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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
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
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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Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg:
London-based TI Media, formerly called Time Inc UK, sells its music magazines NME and Uncut to Singapore's BandLab Technologies
Discussion: Press Gazette
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