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10:35 AM ET, May 21, 2019

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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: ByteDance, owner of TikTok, is developing a paid music service via a new app it expects to debut as early as this fall, mostly in emerging markets  —  - ByteDance plans to target listeners in emerging markets  — Company has already secured rights from Indian record labels
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Study: despite News Feed changes, “junk news” from known sources of disinformation in EU get 1.2x-4x the engagement of professional news sources on Facebook  —  A study carried out by academics at Oxford University to investigate how junk news is being shared on social media …
Abbey Crain / al.com:
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News host Pete Hegseth had multiple private conversations with Trump since January, asking him to pardon US servicemen convicted of war crimes  —  The president isn't just watching the network, he's taking policy advice from its morning hosts.  —  If the president pardons U.S …
openDemocracy:
Insiders say Facebook and Google pressured EU's expert group on disinformation to soften fake news regulations and avoid discussing their abuse of market power  —  On the eve of European elections, the tech giants stand accused of sabotaging the European Union's fight against disinformation.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Snap says it has appointed Derek Andersen, its VP of finance, as CFO, and Lara Sweet, its chief accounting officer and interim CFO, as chief people officer  —  Snap has opted to promote two executives internally to its finance and human resources chief roles, as part of a management overhaul …
James Walker / Press Gazette:
Channel 4 News blocked from Brexit Party events following the outlet's investigation into the funding of party leader Nigel Farage  —  Channel 4 News is understood to be in talks with the Brexit Party after it was blacklisted from party events following an investigation into the funding of leader Nigel Farage.
New York Times:
Analysis: in 2019, Trump has far outspent individual Democratic candidates on Facebook ads, with a total spend of $4.9M, as he returns to his 2016 strategy  —  President Trump's re-election campaign has spent heavily on Facebook ads, reprising a strategy that was central to his 2016 victory.
Tony Rehagen / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the Action Network, founded by former ESPN EIC Chad Millman, which focuses on sports gambling, providing scores, news, and more  —  The casino floor of The Palms, just off The Strip in Las Vegas, is an ecosystem with separate spheres of activity.  The pits are filled with tourists jockeying …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Media Matters report: Fox News' top hosts have made a combined $500K+ from speaking engagements at Republican and conservative groups while at the network  —  A new study reveals that many of the pro-Trump network's stars, including its ‘hard news’ anchors, have fattened their wallets by speaking at GOP events—an ethical no-no.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Analysis of 36 fact-checking outlets finds gender disparity similar to newsrooms: 41% of fact-checkers are women, 71% of fact-checking sites are run by men  —  Independent fact-checkers are the first line of defense against misinformation.  —  They debunk fake news stories …
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Michael Calderone / Politico:
Newsrooms are seeking to avoid the mistakes of 2016 when covering the crowded Democratic presidential field, engaging with every candidate and staffing up
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
AMC says its movie ticket subscription service, AMC Stubs A-List, now has over 800K members, after adding 200K in 2019
Discussion: Variety
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF launches TOSsed Out, a project to highlight how content moderation by platforms, whether automated or by human intervention, unfairly bans people
Eric Johnson / Vox:
Hulu CEO Randy Freer says ~60% of users still come on board for its ad-supported service, but Hulu plans to start promoting its more expensive ad-free version
Discussion: The Streamable
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Professional gamer Tfue sues esports org FaZe Clan over allegedly “oppressive” contract, says FaZe violates CA law by acting as an unlicensed talent agency
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News hires Chris Berend, head of digital video at CNN, as executive vice president of NBC News Digital, replacing Nick Ascheim
Discussion: MediaPost and TVNewser
Patrick Shanley / Hollywood Reporter:
Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched PlayStation Productions, a production studio to adapt the company's video game catalog for film and television
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
Interview with French entrepreneur Gilles Raymond, who founded The Signals Network, a non-profit that helps whistleblowers come forward
Discussion: Press Gazette
Michael Barba / The San Francisco Examiner:
Facing scrutiny after defending police raid on San Francisco journalist Bryan Carmody, Mayor London Breed says she's “not okay with police raids on reporters”
Max Willens / Digiday:
Salon's new owner, Chris Richmond, says profitability will be achieved through improved tech, operations, and better ad rates, not job cuts