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8:40 AM ET, June 5, 2019

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
YouTube investigation finds that the flagged Steven Crowder videos, which include derogatory remarks about Vox's Carlos Maza, don't violate its policies  —  The company sides with edgy commentator Steven Crowder  —  YouTube has at last formally responded to an explosive …
ABC:
Federal police raid the Sydney headquarters of Australia's ABC News in relation to claims of publishing classified material in a 2017 series, The Afghan Files  —  Australian Federal Police officers are raiding the ABC's Sydney headquarters over a series of 2017 stories known as The Afghan Files.
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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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube bans kids from live-streaming video unless accompanied by an adult following NYT report about YouTube's recommendation algorithm for posted videos  —  NY Digital Editor @https://twitter.com/xpangler FOLLOW  —  YouTube is taking additional steps to restrict the possibility that children …
John H. Tucker / Observer:
How alleged conman Daniel Spence grifted people in the US via dating apps, and offered to inject millions into Northside Media to become CEO before being jailed  —  Daniel Spence used dating apps to scam his way across the U.S. Could he be caught before taking over one of Brooklyn's hottest media companies?
Discussion: @emilyceg
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 …
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Max Read / New York Magazine:
The Daily Beast confirmed the identity of the uploader of the distorted Pelosi video via a source at Facebook, who apparently accessed private user activity
Steve McClellan / MediaPost:
GroupM ad spending forecast: 5.8% growth in 2019 and 4.8% in 2020, excluding political ads; growth to be 8.2% for 2020 with ~$10B in political spending included  —  GroupM issued a revised ad-spending forecast today for the U.S. predicting underlying growth (which excludes political advertising) of 5.8% for 2019.
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  —  There was a shake-up in the digital division of Vice Media on Tuesday.  —  Jonathan Smith, a Vice veteran who had been the editor …
Discussion: The Wrap
Eric Freedman / Nieman Lab:
Environmental coverage in post-Soviet Georgia is shallow, sparse, misleading and inaccurate, as powerful interests remain unaccountable to the public  —  What happens when an illegally logged tree falls or poachers kill endangered brown bears in the forest, but there's no journalist to report it?
Discussion: Undark
Max Willens / Digiday:
How events and culture news publisher Time Out is using food halls to diversify its revenue, with plans to have nine locations operating in 6 countries by 2022  —  Five years ago, Time Out Group launched a Time Out-branded food hall in Lisbon, Portugal to further diversify away from advertising revenue.
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.
Zoë Bernard / The Information:
Former Hearst Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles plans to launch a subscription content platform focused on women's networking opportunities in late 2019  —  Former Hearst chief content officer Joanna Coles plans to launch a subscription content platform focused on women's networking opportunities …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CSS Entertainment names EVP Philippe Guelton as president of Crackle Plus, its streaming-video joint venture with Sony Pictures, appoints 3 ex-Sony VPs to team  —  NY Digital Editor @https://twitter.com/xpangler FOLLOW  —  Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, the majority owner …
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
 
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A eulogy for iTunes, launched 18 years ago as a digital jukebox, as Apple sunsets it to make way for Music, TV, and Podcasts apps on the Mac
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
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Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
News Corp Australia plans to cut 55 journalists across the country who lack digital skills
James Griffiths / CNN:
In China, June 4, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre is nicknamed “internet maintenance day” as websites go dark rather than risk publishing
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
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