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3:00 PM ET, May 18, 2019

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John Scott-Railton / The Citizen Lab:
Inside Endless Mayfly, an Iran-aligned network of websites and online personas used to spread false information targeting Saudi Arabia, the US, and Israel  —  Endless Mayfly1 is an Iran-aligned network of inauthentic websites and online personas used to spread false and divisive information …
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Lionsgate shares soar ~15% after report that CBS interim CEO made an offer of around $5B to acquire Starz; Lionsgate said to have rejected offer  —  KEY POINTS  — Rumors that CBS had made an informal offer to buy Starz from the media company sent the stock soaring.
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Reuters:
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  —  It's possible that some of you saw the news earlier this week that the legal dispute, in which Shiva Ayyadurai sued us for defamation …
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
The battle for readers' attention translates to pandering to biases and flattening information, so trivial and significant stories get equal standing  —  Could it be a civic duty to tune out the news?  Journalist Oliver Burkeman floats this provocative idea in a recent essay published in the Guardian newspaper.
Discussion: @maggiemfox and @michaelkruse
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
A look at Twitter in Japan, its second-largest market, raking in $136M in Q1 revenue, where the service has mass appeal and many users have multiple accounts  —  Rising ad dollars from Japan has bolstered the company's total revenue  —  When Yu Sasamoto joined Twitter Inc. as head of Japan in 2014 …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Vice has more than 60 TV series in development worldwide, including unscripted series and some based on Vice articles  —  LOS ANGELES — Danny Gabai was used to being ignored.  For years, he ran what may have been Vice Media's most uncool business — the production of feature films, made to be shown in theaters.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
 
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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
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Steve Kroft, the longest-tenured correspondent on 60 Minutes, is retiring, with his final segment airing Sunday
Post Bulletin:
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
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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
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
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
The Guardian updates style guide to recommend “global heating” instead of “global warming”, and “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown”, over “climate change”
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