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8:55 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 …
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 …
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  —  The mega-movie chain says its program is now the No. 1 movie ticket subscription offering in North America.  —  AMC Theaters' monthly movie ticket subscription program AMC Stubs …
Discussion: Variety
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.
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  —  San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched TOSsed Out, a project to highlight the vast spectrum of people silenced …
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 …
Discussion: @brooklynmarie
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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
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
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
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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”
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
A popular free to play game on the Apple and Google app stores included a mission, removed following publication, that asked players to gun down a journalist
Michael Finch II / Sacramento Bee:
McClatchy, publisher of 30 daily newspapers, posts $42M loss in Q1; advertising revenue declined 15% YoY to $85M, digital-only subscribers increased 60% to 179K