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2:50 PM 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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Al Jazeera is planning to launch a cross-platform business vertical called AJ Impact with 10 full-time staffers to start  —  Al Jazeera is planning to launch a cross-platform business vertical called AJ Impact, executives tell Axios.  It will feature original reporting from Al Jazeera journalists worldwide …
Discussion: Axios and @ahmed
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.
Columbia Journalism Review:
Secretly recorded video of Austria's vice chancellor expressing desire to limit media freedoms underscores months-long threat to Austrian media  —  On Friday, May 17, the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, published a secretly recorded video.  In it, Austria's vice chancellor …
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.
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.
Abbey Crain / al.com:
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Lab:
The 016, a small social network with no algorithmic feed, seeks to connect local media, organizations, and businesses with the citizens of Worcester, MA  —  Mark Henderson was getting ready to throw in the towel on his dreams of becoming a successful media entrepreneur.
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 …
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 …
 
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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
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
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
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
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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
Don Seiffert / Boston Business Journal:
Boston Globe digital subscribers surpassed weekday print subs for the first time earlier this year, likely making it the first regional US daily to have done so
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”