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9:00 AM ET, May 19, 2019

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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
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
RTDNA/Hofstra University survey shows number of people working in local TV news is nearly 28K, half of stations are focusing on investigations, 55% have a drone  —  While local TV is by no means perfect — see overblown crime coverage and the faux Momo challenge — it's one of the most trusted sources of news in the United States.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Research shows HBO Now users are twice as likely as customers of other streaming services to cancel subscriptions when a specific show ends  —  Fan reaction to Game of Thrones' final season may be mixed, but the show has been undeniably good for HBO's network — and for its over-the-top streaming service, HBO NOW.
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile: The Liberator, a black newspaper published from 1900-1914 that sold the California dream to freed slaves while pushing for equality and voting rights  —  Standing on Slauson Avenue last month, Arianne Edmonds joined Angelenos who gathered along the 25-mile route of rapper Nipsey Hussle's funeral procession.
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Q&A with Sen. Ron Wyden on writing early legislation that shaped the internet, technology consolidation, and protecting publishers without requiring neutrality  —  “Section 230 is not about neutrality.  Period.  Full stop."  —  Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is one of the co-authors …
Discussion: @emilystewartm
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.
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: @michaelkruse and @maggiemfox
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 …
 
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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
Discussion: Engadget
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
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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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
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
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