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1:15 PM ET, June 13, 2019

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Nicholas Diakopoulos / The Conversation:
How artificial intelligence will create new types of work in journalism as human roles evolve to suit AI's capabilities and accommodate its limitations  —  Some estimates suggest that current levels of AI technology could automate only about 15% of a reporter's job and 9% of an editor's job.
Discussion: Nieman Lab and @charliebeckett
Douglas Busvine / Reuters:
Axel Springer announces plans to merge Business Insider and eMarketer in 2020, with Insider CEO Henry Blodget leading the merged operation  —  Axel Springer, the German publisher, said on Thursday it would combine the operations of its two main U.S. units, millennial-focused financial news …
Discussion: Ad Age
Helen Coster / Reuters:
Comcast to invest ~$1.27B over five years in Sky Studios programming, which will produce content for NBC, Universal Pictures, and other distributors  —  Comcast Corp will more than double its investment in European original programming and start an in-house studio at its European unit Sky …
Discussion: Bloomberg, CNN and @gerryfsmith
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Real estate billionaire Sam Zell and other former Tribune execs reach a $200M settlement over the media company's disastrous 2007 leveraged buyout  —  (Reuters) - Real estate billionaire Sam Zell and other former officers and directors of Tribune Co have reached a $200 million settlement resolving allegations …
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times
Jon Lafayette / Multichannel News:
Viacom partners with Emerge Gaming, which will develop NickX, an esports tournament platform for Nickelodeon gaming content, to launch in July in Africa  —  Viacom is getting into business with Emerge Gaming, which will develop an eSports tournament platform for kids using Nickelodeon gaming content called NickX.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix is licensing its characters to outside studios to produce video games, starting with Stranger Things 3: The Game, out July 4, and The Dark Crystal  —  - ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Dark Crystal’ titles coming out this year  — Company still figuring out how to best capitalize on hit shows
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Pluto TV is now available on Comcast's Xfinity X1 set-top box nationwide, bringing it into ~14M homes  —  Pluto TV just swung into a wider orbit: The free, ad-supported linear TV and movie service is now available on Comcast's Xfinity X1 set-top platform nationwide.
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News:
Study by Equality Labs into Facebook's content moderation in India finds it failed to delete hundreds of posts targeting minorities despite flagging  —  TUNIS, Tunisia — Facebook failed to delete hundreds of memes, images, and posts targeting caste, LGBT, and religious minorities in India …
Discussion: @meghara
The Intercept:
Sources: DarkMatter, a cybersecurity firm working for the UAE, discussed targeting The Intercept in 2016, though no evidence of an attack has been found  —  Operatives at a controversial cybersecurity firm working for the United Arab Emirates government discussed targeting The Intercept …
Kevin Anderson / What's New in Publishing:
Consolidation among newspaper publishers allows newspapers to buy time by eliminating redundancies and shrinking staff, but the next recession could sink them  —  Years ago, just as the rumours of Microsoft buying Nokia were hotting up, I was speaking at a conference with media futurist Robert Tercek.
 
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The Charlotte Observer:
Frank Barrows, who worked for more than 30 years at The Charlotte Observer as a sports reporter, writer, and managing editor, died Wednesday at 72
Emily Tamkin / Columbia Journalism Review:
CJR's public editor for CNN questions the value of evasive TV guests who repeat Trump points, but have no responsibility for policy or any particular expertise
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Jared Holt / Columbia Journalism Review:
How sites including RedState and Breitbart amplified unsupported claims of nefarious ties between antifascists and reporters who cover the far-right
Ashley Rodriguez / Business Insider:
After report that shrinking satellite TV giants Dish and DirecTV are open to merging, analysts say regulators may allow it in this competitive video environment
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Survey finds 16% of US respondents pay for news, and 11% on average in nine other countries, but most people who do pay for news only have one subscription