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6:05 PM ET, May 10, 2018


 Top News: 
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Medium abruptly ends feature that let publishers use the platform to collect revenue from their own subscriptions, affecting 21 publishers  —  “Could we have a better metaphor for the way Silicon Valley considers local journalism?" fumed the owner of one of these remaining publications.
House Democrats release 3,519 Facebook ads from Russia-linked accounts, spanning 2015 to 2017, showing a coordinated campaign to sow distrust in US politics  —  - House Intelligence Committee Democrats publish 3,519 ads  — Posts targeted specific groups to inflame civil discord
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Spotify announces a hateful content and conduct policy to distance itself from controversial artists and introduces AudioWatch tool to scan its back catalog  —  Spotify has announced a new hate content and hateful conduct policy as it looks to distance itself from controversial music artists …
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Spotify removes R. Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion from the service's playlists, including-algorithmically generated ones, as part of new “hateful conduct” policy  —  YOUTUBE  —  Beginning today (May 10), Spotify users will no longer be able to find R. Kelly's music …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
IAB report: online advertising exceeded total spent on broadcast and cable TV in 2017, reaching $88B, a 21% increase from 2016; mobile rose 36% YoY to $49.9B  —  Online advertising reached $88 billion last year, a 21 percent increase from 2016 and a new high, according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report.
Discussion: MediaPost, Ad Age, Adweek, IAB and AdExchanger
Greg Sandoval / Business Insider:
Cisco says it's pulling all its ads from YouTube, after a report last month showing hundreds of orgs' ads next to videos about racist or inappropriate topics  —  Cisco is dissatisfied with YouTube's attempts to purge unsavory clips from the video-sharing site and has “pulled all online advertising …
Discussion: Cisco Blog
Brianne O'Brien / BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed to launch a new Saturday podcast, The News, where BuzzFeed staffers add context to news  —  Don't get lost in the chaos.  Join BuzzFeed News reporters and editors every Saturday for news that's smart, not stuffy.  —  We get it.  —  With the news alerts constantly blowing up our phones …
Discussion: @janelytv
Simon Dumenco / Ad Age:
The Onion's Clickhole launches Resistancehole to parody the Trump “resistance” the same way Patriothole, started last year, parodies the conservative right  —  Do you oppose President Trump?  And do you have a sense of humor about your opposition?  (Or do you not have a sense of humor about it but don't realize it?)
Discussion: ResistanceHole and @jenniferm_q
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Facebook Watch is proposing annual budgets from $5M to $10M for daily news programming and $1M to $2M for weekly shows, based on per-episode costs  —  As Facebook looks to recruit news publishers for daily and weekly shows for Facebook Watch, the company is proposing a wide range …
Jeff Baumgartner / Broadcasting & Cable:
The rate of decline in pay TV subscriptions slowed in Q1, analyst Craig Moffett says, with cable operators losing 323K subscriptions and satellite losing 418K  —  ‘Conversion rate’ from traditional pay TV to OTT TV a particularly good trend for major programmers, analyst says
Discussion: MediaPost and FierceCable
New York Times:
Broadway's version of To Kill a Mockingbird is back on after two lawsuits over the Aaron Sorkin adaptation were settled Thursday  —  Atticus Finch is coming to Broadway.  —  A blistering pair of federal lawsuits over a $7 million stage adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” were settled on Thursday …
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A look at Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee, its own internal “Supreme Court” with 15 jurists, which adjudicates the most serious disputes arising on the site
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Matt Labunka / Facebook:
Facebook Live will now let publishers crosspost live video across pages, use persistent stream keys for easier setup, says live rewind is coming soon
Discussion: Tubefilter
Democratic lawmakers press AT&T for details about payments to Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, in light of Time Warner merger and net neutrality repeal
Internal emails show that executives at conservative Salem Media Group pressured radio hosts to be more pro-Trump amid 2016's election