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7:55 AM ET, May 20, 2019

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Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:
A look at the multi-pronged, cross-sector approach Finland is taking to successfully fight misinformation campaigns and fake news  —  Helsinki, Finland (CNN) - On a recent afternoon in Helsinki, a group of students gathered to hear a lecture on a subject that is far from a staple in most community college curriculums.
Laura Benshoff / WHYY:
A look at the “ghost papers” of suburban Philly, which rely on press releases and write-ups of community events to fill space formerly filled with local news  —  There's been a lot of upheaval lately in the world of local news.  Has it affected you?  Where do you go for information about your community?
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Profile of Paul Huntsman, the Salt Lake Tribune owner who refuses to embrace Trump and is planning to turn the paper into a nonprofit  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Life was tranquil for Paul Huntsman, a scion of a rich and powerful Utah family, before he got into the news business.
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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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
China-based NetEase announces a partnership with Marvel to develop new original content, for China and elsewhere, including TV shows and games  —  Marvel and NetEase are collaborating to create new original entertainment, including games, TV shows, and comic books based on Marvel's universe of superhero characters.
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  —  Salon's new owners say they see an easy path to profits for the troubled news publisher.  —  On May 8, Salon Media Group disclosed in a filing …
Discussion: @jbenton and @digiday
Cal Newport / New Yorker:
The IndieWeb, a loose collective of developers and techno-utopians, aims to create alternatives to mass social media via projects like Micro.blog and Mastodon  —  In the summer of 2016, I gave a talk at a small tedx conference in northern Virginia.  I began by admitting that I've never …
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Four former employees of OANN recall their unsettling experiences of working at the far right network popular for conspiracy theories and Kremlin propaganda  —  Conspiracy theories, racist outbursts, and a whole lot of Putin love.  Working for the far-right One America News Network was a deeply weird experience, former employees say.
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 …
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.
 
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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
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
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
Discussion: @michaelkruse and @maggiemfox
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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
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