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9:30 AM ET, May 16, 2018


 Top News: 
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
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News settles about 20 lawsuits over racial or gender discrimination, not including Rod Wheeler and Scottie Hughes cases; source says settlement was ~$10M  —  Douglas Wigdor, the attorney representing more individuals against 21st Century Fox than anyone else, makes a big deal …
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  —  Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist whose technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers …
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: @michaelgmiller
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.
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  —  In a sign of our dedication to the 2018 and 2020 elections, the newsroom is starting a new unit, which Paul Fishleder, one of The New York Times's …
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
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  —  As big chains gobble up small TV stations, merged newsrooms are creating a uniformity of news coverage.
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
How some newspaper staffers and audiences are pushing back as newsrooms face yet more cuts amid owners' disinvestment  —  Image via Unsplash.  —  Legacy news outlets have a unique mission to serve the public good.  Their very names offer up a litany of place and purpose: the Cleveland Plain Dealer …
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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
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 Boyle / News Media Alliance:
Bipartisan group of ten senators debut PRINT act, to try to suspend new tariffs being imposed on US news industry's main source of paper, which is from Canada
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Minute Media, which operates a number of user-generated sports sites that attract 80M-90M users per month, raises $17M Series F led by Goldman Sachs and others
Discussion: VentureBeat
The Guardian:
Facebook releases first content moderation report, closed 583M fake accounts in Q1 2018, took action on almost 1.5B accounts and 2.5M instances of hate speech