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11:10 PM ET, June 7, 2019


 Top News: 
Los Angeles Times:
Some videos intended for anti-racist, educational purposes were removed due to YouTube's new rules, highlighting the weaknesses of algorithmic content removal  —  YouTube's campaign against hateful and racist videos is claiming some unintended victims: researchers and advocates working to expose racist hatemongers.
James Walker / Press Gazette:
Mail Online's head of SEO says its search traffic from Google fell by half after an algorithm change on June 3, and the drop was worse in the UK than in the US  —  Mail Online has seen its traffic from Google halved after an algorithm change, according to its head of search engine optimisation.
Vox Media staffers reached a tentative labor agreement with the online publisher Friday after 29 hours of negotiation and a one-day walkout  —  - Deal follows 14 months of negotiations with management  — Hundreds of employees took part in walkout on Thursday
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Hundreds of Vox Media workers stage a one-day walkout to pressure management to sign a union contract; an editor says SBNation won't cover the NBA finals Game 3
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Maker Media, the company behind Make: magazine and the festival Maker Faire, is laying off all of its 22 employees and pausing all operations  —  Financial troubles have forced Maker Media, the company behind crafting publication MAKE: magazine as well as the science and art festival Maker Faire …
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
China has blocked several US, UK, and Canadian news sites, including The Intercept, Guardian, WaPo, HuffPost, Toronto Star, NBC, and Breitbart News  —  The Chinese government appears to have launched a major new internet crackdown, blocking the country's citizens from accessing The Intercept's website …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Global Radio cut jobs and closed 11 local studios after Ofcom changed its definition of “local” and lowered required quantity of locally produced content  —  Ongoing cuts to local commercial radio stations across the UK will “add to the serious decline in local news for UK citizens”, MPs declared this week.
Lauren Hirsch / CNBC:
Activist firm Elliott Management to buy Barnes & Noble for ~$683M including debt; in the past five years, B&N has lost more than $1 billion in market value  —  KEY POINTS  —  Activist firm Elliott Management announced Friday it plans to acquire bookseller Barnes & Noble for roughly $683 million, including debt.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
News UK has asked the staff at The Sun and The Sun on Sunday to volunteer for redundancies, with possible compulsory redundancies later  —  News Group Newspapers will initially look for voluntary redundancies to make savings  —  The publisher of the Sun and the Sun on Sunday is launching …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
Police arrest Ivan Golunov, a Moscow-based journalist for Latvia's Meduza, claiming he was dealing drugs; Meduza execs say he was framed because of his work  —  Ivan Golunov held in Moscow after police said they found illegal drugs during search  —  Russian police have arrested …
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Aaron Pressman / Fortune:
PwC 2019-2023 forecast: SVOD revenue to rise 64% to $24B annually, revenue for cable/satellite TV will fall 16% to $84B, TV advertising to stay flat at $72B
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Christopher Tolve / The Drum:
Cybersecurity company Cheq estimates ad fraud at $23B in 2019; World Federation of Advertisers estimates 30% of ads are unseen by customers
Jacob Granger /
Study of 212 leading news organizations in US and Europe finds 69% of newspapers operate some form of online pay model, up just 5.5% in two years
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Del Harvey / Twitter:
Twitter simplifies the language for its rules and reorganizes them into three high-level categories: safety, privacy, and authenticity
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: WarnerMedia abandons plan for a three-tiered streaming service, will likely package HBO, Cinemax, and the Warner Bros. library together for $16-$17/mo
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Meredith's Entertainment Weekly is going to a monthly print schedule and gets a new EIC, J.D. Heyman, replacing Henry Goldblatt; July 5 is last weekly edition