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11:55 PM ET, June 1, 2019

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: DOJ is preparing an antitrust investigation into Google's practices related to search and other businesses  —  Probe would closely examine Google's practices related to search, other businesses  —  WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is gearing up for an antitrust investigation …
Danya Henninger / Billy Penn:
As part of a major rebranding, Philadelphia Media Network drops Philly.com domain and now redirects its readers to Inquirer.com  —  On the eve of its 190th birthday, the region's largest newspaper is making a huge online change.  —  After more than two decades, the Philly.com era ends this weekend.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Should Gannett and GateHouse merge, the resulting company would own one in six US newspapers and have increasingly regionalized reporting and business functions  —  A combined company would own 1 of every 6 daily newspapers in America — and a little more breathing room.
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Dan Kennedy / @dankennedy_nu:
Internal memo: GateHouse Media in New England will merge 50 small weekly papers into 18 new regional weeklies
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube is investigating flagged Steven Crowder videos after Vox's Carlos Maza shared Crowder's homophobic and racist comments about Maza in a Twitter thread  —  Carlos Maza says this has been happening for years  —  A tweet thread from Vox host Carlos Maza outlining several instances …
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Carlos Maza / @gaywonk:
[Thread] Despite policies against harassment, YouTube lets Steve Crowder videos stay up, with repeated attacks on Carlos Maza's sexual orientation and ethnicity
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Amazon to buy Sizmek's Ad Server and Dynamic Creative Optimization units after the adtech company filed for Chapter 11 in March  —  KEY POINTS  — Sizmek Ad Server and Sizmek DCO will operate separately from Amazon Advertising for the time being, Amazon said.
Rachel Cohen / Columbia Journalism Review:
Credder, a Rotten Tomatoes-like site that uses cheese to rate the credibility of news articles, news outlets, and journalists, launches in public beta  —  As Facebook and Twitter grapple with misinformation and conspiracies on their platforms, a new crop of startups have emerged to try …
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Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:   Study of reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes finds men and women respectively comprise 66% and 34% of film critics working for print, broadcast, and online outlets
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ESPN to test an NBA game stream aimed just at teens, the latest in a number of alternate viewing experiences the network has been testing for several months  —  Senior TV Editor @https://twitter.com/bristei FOLLOW  —  When Katie Nolan hosts an ESPN telecast of Game 2 of the NBA Finals this Sunday …
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Russian distributors cut about 5 minutes from the Elton John biopic Rocketman, citing law against “homosexual propaganda”; John and filmmakers condemn the cuts  —  Elton John biopic's gay sex and kissing footage edited out in effort to play down singer's sexuality
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: NYT “prefers” its reporters not appear on cable news shows that it perceives as too partisan, including Rachel Maddow's and Don Lemon's  —  The Times recently yanked one of its journalists from Rachel Maddow amid concerns about cable-news “bias.”  Dean Baquet “thinks it's a real issue.”
Ren LaForme / Poynter:
Alphabet's Jigsaw releases Perspective, its toxic comment filtering tool, in Spanish and French  —  This week in digital tools for journalism … There are a handful of places that every reporter dreads.  —  Town hall meetings with indeterminate lengths.  The front step of a home after some tragic occurrence.
 
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Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing to pay $56M cash dividend to shareholders, shrinking its cash balance to ~$25M, reducing its appeal to buyers and its ability to acquire
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Study comparing causes of death in US with Google searches and NYT/Guardian coverage finds that terrorism and homicide are vastly overrepresented in the media
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Study on behavioral ad targeting finds that publishers only get about 4% more revenue for an ad impression that has a cookie enabled than for one that doesn't