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7:30 AM ET, June 4, 2019


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNN:
After complaining about CNN, Trump suggests customers boycott the network's corporate parent, AT&T; source says AT&T executives expected such attacks eventually  —  California (CNN Business)President Trump's years-long effort to punish CNN for its news coverage took a new …
New York Times:
Researchers find YouTube's recommendation algorithm is curating home movies of unwitting families into a catalog sexualizing children  —  Christiane C. didn't think anything of it when her 10-year-old daughter and a friend uploaded a video of themselves playing in a backyard pool.
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Report: US advertisers spent $479.1M on podcast ads in 2018, up 53% from 2017, and are predicted to spend $678.7M this year  —  U.S. advertisers' spending on podcasts rose 53% in 2018  —  Podcasters continue to find growing interest from marketers, but their growth remains constrained …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
At WWDC, Apple splits iTunes into Podcasts, Music, and TV, announces full-text podcast search, and tools to allow publishers to easily port iOS apps to Mac  —  Apple just finished the annual keynote event at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the two hours each year when Apple tells us …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: FTC secured the rights to begin an antitrust probe of Facebook as part of an agreement to let DOJ lead a Google probe; Facebook stock closes down 7%+  —  Federal antitrust enforcers and lawmakers are poised to scrutinize the nation's largest technology companies …
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Pricing WarnerMedia's streaming service is complicated by HBO's $15/month price: it's double Disney's, but lowering it threatens revenue from cable partners  —  With its acquisition of Time Warner last year, AT&T was on its way toward creating a streaming service that will one day be the exclusive online home …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Twitter acquires Fabula AI, which uses machine learning to help detect the spread of misinformation online, to join Twitter's team of AI researchers  —  Twitter has acquired Fabula AI, a London-based startup that uses machine learning (ML) to help detect the spread of misinformation online.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Newsletter provider Substack now lets newsletter publishers create public or subscriber-only discussion threads  —  Substack is launching a new feature called “community” — namely, the ability for newsletter publishers to create discussion threads, which can either be open to anyone or limited to subscribers.
Discussion: Substack Blog
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: studio partners will be able to license Vudu originals in international markets and put content on Vudu, non-exclusively, for free  —  Walmart might have scuttled its plans to build a subscription video streaming service catering to the “heartland,” but the company still has streaming video ambitions.
Discussion: /Film and @digiday
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Profile of HitRecord, a GitHub-like collaborative media platform cofounded by Joseph Gordon-Levitt that has paid out $3M+ to content contributors since 2010  —  HitRecord is a production company transitioning into a tech platform.  We caught up with cofounders Jared Geller and Joseph Gordon-Levitt …
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Nielsen expands its Digital Ad Ratings measurement capabilities on YouTube's mobile app to 26 new markets including Hong Kong, India, Israel, and Puerto Rico  —  Its Digital Ad Ratings will expand to 26 more markets  —  Nielsen's arsenal of measuring tools for YouTube is going global—and mobile.
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Tony Munroe / Reuters:
Refinitiv, which is partly owned by Reuters, has removed Reuters news stories about Tiananmen from its Eikon terminal under pressure from China's government
Discussion: TechCrunch and Financial Times
Mark Shanahan Globe /
Inside the slow revitalization of The Berkshire Eagle, which a former judge bought from MNG Enterprises in 2016; digital subs have grown 60% since June 2018
Discussion: The Rural Blog
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Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Sportswriting in UK revolves around embargoes, even for comments made by players after games, a phenomenon some say is based on extreme lack of access