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9:50 PM ET, May 11, 2018


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Stella Bugbee / The Cut:
Anna Wintour's effort to rehabilitate the reputation of Harvey Weinstein's estranged wife, designer Georgina Chapman, is a way to seek forgiveness for herself  —  Anna Wintour is our Fashion Pope, the infallible ruler of Vogue, fashion's Vatican.  Both because of her reputation …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Internal AT&T documents show it made a $600K deal with Cohen days after inauguration, specifying he would advise on Time Warner merger and on matters before FCC
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Luminary Media raises $40M; sources say it plans to launch subscription service for premium podcasts, has begun to strike licensing deals with podcast creators  —  The newly created venture has raised $40 million from New Enterprise Associates and others to enter the rapidly expanding realm of podcasting and audio.
David Skok:
Interview with Google News VP Richard Gingras on data privacy, Google's internal culture and politics, criticism ahead of the GDPR, and rethinking journalism  —  The head of Google News discusses the news ecosystem, responds to GDPR criticism, and answers the question: Is Google really a child of the open web?
Amy X. Wang / Rolling Stone:
Apple Music says it removed R. Kelly's music from featured playlists weeks ago while Pandora currently does not promote the singer's music  —  Three streaming services have now removed the R&B singer's music from curated playlists  —  Spotify caused a mighty stir yesterday when it announced that …
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
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
One of only two reporters on Mike Pompeo's mission to North Korea gives a behind-the-scenes account of the trip to bring three prisoners home  —  The State Department normally craves elaborate planning and procedures for everything.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's 13-hour visit to North Korea had little of that.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: NewTV, Jeffrey Katzenberg's effort to fund high-end TV series with short episodes, raises $800M, including from 21st Century Fox and Warner Bros.  —  - Hollywood mogul looks to make shows with short running times  — Executive helped lead Walt Disney's comeback during the 1980s
Discussion: Tubefilter and Hollywood Reporter
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
The BBC is hoping to use its strength in music coverage to sell more sponsorships via its branded content arm, StoryWorks, to support its global operations  —  The BBC plans to use its reputation for championing music artists, such as Ed Sheeran, Adele and Jay-Z, to strike commercial deals around …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: NBC News staffers skeptical of Lauer harassment internal inquiry; Brokaw accuser declined to participate in investigation without a neutral third party  —  The results of NBC's internal investigation into how its former biggest star repeatedly engaged in sexual misconduct in the office …
Discussion: Mediaite and Variety
The Guardian:
Eulogy for Cambodia's independent press, after an investor bought The Phnom Penh Post and demanded an article be removed, prompting a mass staff resignation  —  There are no reliable sources of information left.  Not for ordinary people, diplomats or NGOs  —  This week the last banner …
Louis Lucero II / New York Times:
Novelist Junot Díaz steps down as Pulitzer Prize board chairman while the board conducts a review of sexual misconduct allegations against him  —  The Pulitzer Prize board has opened an independent review of sexual misconduct allegations against the award-winning novelist Junot Díaz …
Discussion: The Root, PEN America, Slate, BBC, HuffPost and CNN
Financial Times:
News Corp CEO Robert Thomson calls for governments to create an “algorithm review board” to keep tech companies in check  —  The head of News Corp has called for governments to create an “algorithm review board” to keep tech companies in check, the latest in a long line of attacks …
Discussion: Deadline and Sydney Morning Herald
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Matt Yoder / Awful Announcing:
A look at the declining relevance of ESPN's public editor job, which it has ended, saying it “outlived its usefulness” and citing similar moves by NYT and WaPo
Brianne O'Brien / BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed to launch a new Saturday podcast, The News, where BuzzFeed staffers add context to news
Discussion: Nieman Lab