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12:25 PM ET, May 16, 2018


 Top News: 
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said pending Time Warner deal is about improving targeted advertising for premium video products  —  Randall Stephenson told investors that AT&T wants to do for premium video advertising what Facebook and Google have done for digital advertising.
Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider:
Apple Music now has over 50M users including paid members and trials, Tim Cook says in wide-ranging interview  —  In a wide-ranging interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook divulged Apple Music subscriber numbers, and said that a strong push into television and movies is underway.
Discussion: The FADER, Bloomberg, RAIN News and 9to5Mac
Steven Shepard / Politico:
The Associated Press is launching AP VoteCast, a new way of measuring exit polls abandoning traditional methods, in partnership with Fox News  —  The Associated Press unveiled a new project Tuesday to supplant traditional exit polling — beginning with the 2018 midterm elections.
Discussion: Nieman Lab and @michaelgmiller
Alexandra Stevenson / New York Times:
The Los Angeles Times suspends Jonathan Kaiman, its Beijing bureau chief, after accusations of sexual misconduct from two women, a journalist and a law student  —  The Los Angeles Times said Tuesday that it was suspending Jonathan Kaiman, its Beijing bureau chief, amid accusations of sexual misconduct.
Joseph Otterson / Variety:
Time Inc.'s TV production arm, Time Inc. Productions, has rebranded as Four M Studios and is partnering with Freeform to develop scripted movies  —  Months after its $1.85 billion acquisition of Time Inc.'s stable of magazines, media conglom Meredith is ready to make its mark on the company's TV production arm.
Kate Erbland / IndieWire:
Sky and HBO to broadcast “The Case Against Adnan Syed”, a four-hour long documentary series, directed by Amy Berg and based on the 2014 podcast Serial  —  Berg has been working on the series since 2015, which promises “new discoveries, as well as groundbreaking revelations that challenge the state's case.”
Discussion: Deadline and NME
Libby Watson / Splinter:
The Hill posted an op-ed from a lobbyist for Saudi Arabia without disclosing the tie at first, echoing the way it treated a 2016 post by Michael Flynn on Turkey  —  Norm Coleman might be vaguely familiar to you as a former senator from Minnesota and the guy whom Al Franken narrowly defeated in 2008 …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal are launching Far & Away, a print magazine for business travelers; first issue will be bundled with May 19 WSJ  —  National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal have partnered to launch Far & Away, a print magazine for business travelers …
Discussion: PR Newswire
Nick Statt / The Verge:
The new AI-powered Google News app is now available on iOS replacing the Google Play Newsstand app  —  Google said last week at its I/O developer conference that the revamped, artificial intelligence-powered Google News would be arriving on Apple's App Store some time in the next seven days.
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The New York Times Company:
The New York Times has created a political investigations unit and has appointed Pulitzer-prize winning Editor Paul Fishleder to lead it
Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pittsburgh City Paper editor says he was fired after being told he could no longer write about a GOP state lawmaker, who was a client of paper's parent company
 Earlier Picks: 
Sam Forsdick / Press Gazette:
Guardian adds a premier tier to its app for £5.99/month, giving readers a rolling live feed of news and updates, a Discover page to surface longer pieces, more
Discussion: The Guardian
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Consolidation of newsrooms by companies that own multiple TV stations in one market is creating uniformity of coverage, lessening watchdog power of local media
New York Times:
Tom Wolfe, the journalist and author who helped create the 1960s movement known as “The New Journalism”, has died at age 88