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4:10 PM ET, May 29, 2019

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Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
San Francisco police obtained search warrants targeting journalist Bryan Carmody's phone records before their raid on his home and office  —  San Francisco police executed seven search warrants as they tried to find out who leaked a police report to a freelance journalist …
VICE:
Twitter executive Vijaya Gadde says the company is looking into how white nationalists and supremacists use the platform to determine if they should be banned  —  “Is it the right approach to deplatform these individuals?  Is the right approach to try and engage with these individuals?
Aaron Kirchfeld / Bloomberg:
KKR is in talks with the founding family of Axel Springer SE, publisher of Bild, about a potential bid to take the publisher private  —  - Offer from family, buyout firm could be made in coming weeks  —  KKR & Co. is in talks with Axel Springer SE's founding family about a potential bid …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Vox Media Union workers walked out for an hour to push for a contract with management; hiring has moved toward part-time and contract jobs since staff unionized  —  Many editorial and video employees at Vox Media are, at this hour, finishing up a walkout to protest their employer's stance …
David Uberti / VICE News:
Researchers say Facebook has weakened or disabled tools they use to track political ads and content on the platform, just as 2020 campaigns ramp up ad spending  —  The Iowa caucuses are still eight months away, but the Facebook primary has already begun.  —  President Donald Trump has poured …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Kik and Facebook, which are building their own blockchain tech, could finally make micropayments to access single articles behind paywalls a reality  —  It's a problem that's long flummoxed media outlets, and also one that's increasingly frustrating consumers: The inability to pay a small sum …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Meredith has sold the Sports Illustrated IP rights to Authentic Brands for $110M, will pay a licensing fee to run editorial operations for at least two years  —  Sports Illustrated over the decades has chronicled stellar match-ups, blow-outs, squeakers, sudden deaths and photo finishes.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's The Times and Sunday Times say the number of subscription cancellations fell by 49% among users receiving AI-created tailored email newsletters  —  Digital subscriber cancellations at the Times and Sunday Times fell by half during a trial of new artificial intelligence software …
 
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Cate Cadell / Reuters:
As the Tiananmen anniversary nears, censorship by Chinese internet companies has ramped up and is largely automated with AI and voice and image recognition tech
Karissa Bell / Mashable:
eMarketer: Facebook users in the US spent an average of 38 minutes per day on the platform in 2018, down from 41 minutes per day in 2017