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3:45 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.
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.
Dutch news aggregator Blendle plans to stop selling individual news articles via micropayments and will focus instead on its premium subscription service  —  Dutch digital news aggregator Blendle is to stop selling individual news articles for ‘quarters’ and will focus instead on its premium subscription service.
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  —  RISJ report found that 69 per cent of US and European newspapers use some form of paywall - but that figure has only risen by 5.5 per cent in two years
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  —  Streaming video services like Netflix, Hulu, and a planned rival from Apple will see their total U.S. revenue jump 64% …
Discussion: BGR and Variety
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  —  Global ad fraud is predicted to cost an unprecedented $23bn this year and could reach $30bn including indirect economic and social costs …
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
The Economist:
Economist study shows no evidence of ideological bias in Google News for a user without a browsing history; some keywords suggested bias in both directions  —  Our statistical study revealed no evidence of ideological bias in the search engine's news tab  —  “Google & others are suppressing voices …
Discussion: @mbfc_news and @brianstelter
Del Harvey / Twitter:
Twitter simplifies the language for its rules and reorganizes them into three high-level categories: safety, privacy, and authenticity  —  Our rules exist to help keep everyone using Twitter safe and ensure they can participate freely in the public conversation.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
To better compete with TikTok, Instagram adds song lyrics for Stories using the Music sticker  —  Lip-syncing jumpstarted TikTok's rise to the center of teen culture, arguably displacing Instagram .  Now the Facebook-owned app is striking back with a new feature that lets you displays lyrics …
Discussion: Thurrott, @joshconstine and Engadget
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Cindy Vanegas-Gesaule, BuzzFeed News head of programming, adds oversight of film and TV projects to her role, replacing Lauren Dolgen, who left BuzzFeed in May  —  Cindy Vanegas-Gesaule is adding oversight of film and TV projects to her existing role as head of programming for BuzzFeed News.
Discussion: Tubefilter, Fortune and The Wrap
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  —  New package is expected to include HBO, Cinemax and Warner Bros. content for barely more than HBO's current streaming service
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Matthew Kassel / Columbia Journalism Review:
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
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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
Peter Greste / The Guardian:
While the Australian laws behind the media raids include a “public interest” defense, the country should instead pass a law explicitly protecting press freedom