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3:40 PM ET, June 4, 2019

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New York Times:
Researchers find YouTube's recommendation algorithm is curating home movies of unwitting families into a catalog sexualizing children
Max Willens / Digiday:
Facebook says its tools allowing paywall deployment through Instant Articles are now widely available, tests News Funding for converting paying subs inside FB  —  Facebook is doing more to help publishers big and small pursue subscriptions, both on and off its platform.
Reuters:
Sources: Google's ad market dominance and its effect on ad tech firms and publishers is one of the areas of the DOJ's possible antitrust investigation  —  SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ad tech firms and publishers have had to stay in the good graces of Google or risk insolvency.
Nicholas Quah / Hot Pod News:
Spotify begins a small scale test of curated podcast playlists to enhance podcast discoverability  —  This came in overnight.  Fresh off its run of podcast company acquisitions, Spotify is now taking a crack at the problem that's perhaps most groaned about in the community: discoverability.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Inside The Salt Lake Tribune's plan for securing 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, which it officially applied for last week as an education organization  —  The IRS is complicated.  So is running a 148-year-old newspaper in 2019.  —  Three weeks and one New York Times profile after announcing …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Internal email: Vice Media EIC Jonathan Smith and managing editor Rachel Schallom have been let go after Vice's consolidation of several brands under Vice.com  —  The editor in chief and the managing editor of Vice Media's website have both been let go, the new executive overseeing …
Discussion: Variety
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  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Under pressure from China's government, financial information provider Refinitiv has removed …
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:   Two reporters laid off from BuzzFeed and HuffPost form an advocacy group, the Save Journalism Project, to raise awareness about big tech's damage to journalism
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Co-author of NYT Biden-Ukraine story hired as Ukraine president's spokesperson; NYT defends article, says it didn't know of her application for the job  —  New York (CNN Business)The New York Times reported last month that Joe Biden was facing conflict of interest questions for his role …
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
News Corp Australia plans to cut 55 journalists across the country who lack digital skills  —  Staff told ‘big cuts’ will include 55 editorial posts as executive chairman says newsrooms need ‘new skills’  —  News Corp staff will be hit by a widespread round of targeted redundancies, including 55 journalists, within days.
Paul Karp / The Guardian:
Australian federal police raided the home of News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst over her reporting on a leaked plan to expand government spying  —  AFP officers execute search warrant over 2018 report about new powers for intelligence agencies to spy on Australians
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  —  Federal antitrust enforcers and lawmakers are poised to scrutinize the nation's largest technology companies for potential anticompetitive practices …
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Daily Beast article exposing the man allegedly behind fake Pelosi video sparks debate over whether media should ID private individuals spreading misinformation  —  A modified video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that started circulating recently—with the vocal track slowed down to make her appear drunk …
New York Times:
In email to Hollywood studio execs, Peter Chernin says he is launching a $15M campaign to fund ACLU's legal attack on anti-abortion laws in GA and other states  —  LOS ANGELES — One of Hollywood's heaviest hitters, the producer and investor Peter Chernin, has started a campaign to raise millions …
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 …
 
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James Walker / Press Gazette:
Police drop investigation of two Belfast journalists arrested for alleged theft of a confidential police document used in their No Stone Unturned film
Discussion: The Guardian
Mark Shanahan / BostonGlobe.com:
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
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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
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Newsletter provider Substack now lets newsletter publishers create public or subscriber-only discussion threads
Discussion: Substack Blog
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
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