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3:55 PM ET, May 5, 2018


 Top News: 
Elizabeth Flock / PBS NewsHour:
Inside the DC offices of Sputnik, a Russian-government funded media outlet that is “more pernicious” than RT, and operates in 34 countries in 30+ languages  —  One day this past fall on my morning commute from D.C. to Virginia, I tuned the radio to 105.5 FM, expecting to hear my usual bluegrass.
Discussion: @lizflock
Jackie Spinner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of one-year-old The Triibe, a Chicago digital media site for black millenials that wants to counter the legacy media narrative of a broken city  —  Morgan Elise Johnson (left) and Tiffany Walden, co-founders of The Triibe.  Photo by Keeley Parenteau.
Scott Bay / Wired:
How filmmakers could use machine learning, trained on data from prior box office hits, to predict a movie's success by understanding what motivates moviegoers  —  Like, for example, Avengers: Infinity War, which made a record-breaking $258 million at the domestic box office last weekend …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A look at The Local Europe, a group of sites across nine countries, which offers expats practical advice and hopes to convert its community into paying members  —  “They've moved across borders for work or for love or whatever and often they're struggling with the same sort of issues …
David McCabe / Axios:
Starting July 10, Google will require people buying ads related to candidates in US federal elections to be US citizens or lawful permanent residents  —  People buying Google ads related to candidates in U.S. federal elections will have to prove they are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents beginning July 10, the company says.
Jonah Engel Bromwich / New York Times:
On YouTube, channels that stream music nonstop resemble pirate radio stations; they benefit from the site's algorithms but are susceptible to copyright policing  —  A trick of YouTube's algorithms has led to the blossoming of hundreds of unlicensed, independent radio stations on the site …
Discussion: @thatericalper
John Micklethwait / Bloomberg:
Consumers are coming around to paying for content again, and relying on readers for income presents fewer ethical dilemmas for editors than chasing ads  —  Automated, personalized, mobile, paid for, and (eventually) less fake.  Quality journalism is coming back.
Felix Salmon / Slate:
Bloomberg is already well funded by terminals; one reason Bloomberg is adding paywall is because it can, another may be to offset expenses of Bloomberg TV
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Apple shutting down Texture's magazine app on Windows after acquisition, will continue support for other platforms; Windows app was neglected before acquisition  —  Texture, the magazine subscription service that Apple purchased back in March, plans to shut down its Windows app at the end of June.
Max Willens / Digiday:
Business Insider's lifestyle brand, Insider, shifts staff from making News Feed videos to Facebook Watch and adds YouTube channels as Facebook engagement drops  —  Business Insider's lifestyle sibling brand Insider probably wouldn't exist without Facebook.  But to keep up with Facebook's whims …
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
At its NewFronts presentation, Vice announced it has bought Villain, a 12-person events company in Brooklyn that produces over 300 events a year
Press Association:
The BBC and unions agree to a 3-year pay deal, an increase in the minimum salary to £20K, enhanced parental leave and more, subject to vote of approval by staff
Discussion: @phwood1
 Earlier Picks: 
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook has been conducting market research to determine whether an ad-free subscription-based version would spur more people to join the network
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
A look at BuzzFeed's Vidder, a video editing tool that lets anyone in the company build a video within minutes, no experience required